Essex Richards attorneys Woody Connette and Heather Culp will chair two key North Carolina Bar Foundation committees for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.
Culp will chair the Programs Committee, which guides the Foundation’s public service and pro bono programs—efforts that further the Foundation’s values of access to justice regardless of ability to pay, service through the legal profession, civic education, and professionalism. Culp concentrates her law practice in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor/creditor relations, and commercial litigation.
Connette will chair the Development Committee, which provides volunteer leadership, support, direction, and oversight to all Foundation fundraising initiatives. Those initiatives include the Annual Fund Campaign, Endowment Funds, and the Platt D. Walker Society (the Foundation’s planned giving society). Connette’s law practice focuses on ERISA and long-term disability claims, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation.
These leadership positions include a seat on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Both Connette and Culp have previously served three-year terms on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors.
The Foundation is the charitable arm of the North Carolina Bar Association. The NCBA is a voluntary bar association with a membership of approximately 20,000 lawyers, judges, paralegals, and law students. Now in its 61st year, the Foundation’s mission is to unite North Carolina’s legal profession to serve, educate, and inform North Carolinians.