Asheville, NC native Jacqueline D. Grant has been named the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association.
The NCBA is a statewide organization comprising more than 20,000 lawyers, paralegals, and law students. Grant was elected by acclamation on Saturday, June 24, at the 2017 NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.
In 2014-2015, Grant became the first African American female to serve as president of the 28th Judicial District Bar, which encompasses Buncombe County. She will be the second African American female and third African American overall to serve as president of the NCBA.
A lifelong Asheville resident, Grant is a partner and litigator with Roberts & Stevens, where she has practiced her entire career.
“I can’t think of a lawyer more deserving of this position than Jackie Grant,” said Roberts & Stevens partner Wyatt Stevens. “Jackie is a model for the rest of the bar to follow. She practices law with a level head, exceptional competence, and the highest ethical standards. She gets outstanding results for her clients and has made a positive difference in our community. We are incredibly proud to have Jackie as a member of our firm.”
Grant attended A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, graduated magna cum laude from Western Carolina University in 1992, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1995.
When Grant is officially installed as the 124th president of the NCBA in 2018 she will be the first female attorney from Asheville to serve in that role.
Grant served on the NCBA Board of Governors from 2010-2013. She has also served on many of its committees, including the Medico-Legal Liaison Committee, the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, which she has chaired, and the Awards and Recognitions Committee, which she currently co-chairs.
In 2016, Grant was recognized as a recipient of the NCBA’s Citizen Lawyer Award, presented annually in recognition of exemplary community service.
A committed community leader and volunteer, Grant currently serves on the board of directors of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and on the Western Carolina University Board of Visitors. She has previously served on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, the City of Asheville Sustainable Economic Development Task Force, the University of North Carolina at Asheville Foundation, YMCA of Western North Carolina, and YWCA of Asheville.
“I am proud to serve as president-elect of the NCBA, which is dedicated to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the administration of justice and encouraging the highest standards of integrity, competence, and civility,” said Grant. “The NCBA Foundation has provided millions of dollars of funding to worthwhile projects across the state, including grants to Legal Aid of North Carolina and Pisgah Legal Services to help these organizations provide legal services to North Carolina’s underserved and indigent populations.”
Grant will serve in 2017-2018 as president-elect of the NCBA, which is led this year by President Caryn Coppedge McNeill of Raleigh. Following her year as president-elect, Grant will be installed as the 124th president of the NCBA on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the 2018 NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington.