Alan W. Duncan, a partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro, is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). Elected on June 23 at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington, Duncan will serve as president of the NCBA in 2013-14.
Duncan is a past president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. He served on the NCBA board of governors from 2004-07 and is past chair of the NCBA's Litigation Section and the Trial Practice Curriculum Committee.
“I was very humbled and excited to be asked to serve as president,” Duncan said, “knowing those who went before me in this leadership position, the depth and substance of their leaderships, and the gifts of those people. That is why this association has been so great.”
Duncan earned his undergraduate degree at Davidson College before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt. He was elected to the Guilford County Board of Education in 2000 and has served since 2002 as its chair.
“The North Carolina Bar Association has been very meaningful to me throughout my career,” Duncan said. “I think it is one of the things that separates North Carolina lawyers – having a voluntary bar association that is such a strong and active voice for its members.”
Duncan was honored at last year’s annual meeting of the NCBA Litigation Section as the recipient of the Advocate’s Award, and in 2007 as a recipient of the NCBA’s Citizen Lawyer Award.
He is also a two-time recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, presented through the Sullivan Foundation in recognition of service to others and service to the community.