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North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ)

About the NCAJ


  • Founded: 1962
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Mission and History

For more than 50 years, the members of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice ("NCAJ") have represented those injured by the wrongdoing of others, workers, the disabled, those with family problems, consumers, those in debt, and those accused of a crime.

Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice is a non-profit association of legal professionals dedicated to protecting people’s rights through community, education, and advocacy. Founded in 1962, the organization has now grown to more than 3,000 members including attorneys who represent individuals in criminal defense, personal injury and other civil cases. 

Membership is open to North Carolina attorneys, legal assistants, law school faculty and students, and law office managers.  




2020 - 2021 Executive Committee

David S Henson
Greenville, NC
Vernon Sumwalt
Immediate Past President
Charlotte, NC
Elizabeth Stewart Poisson
Diversity Officer
Wilmington, NC
Ann Catherine Ochsner
Legislative VP
Winston-Salem, NC
Kevin B Bunn
PAC Chair
Cary, NC
Margaret S Abrams
Past President
Raleigh, NC

Board of Governors

Julie Larain Bell
Winston-Salem, NC
B Davis
Chair - Eminent Domain Section
Raleigh, NC
Daniel K Bryson
Raleigh, NC
Yolanda Fair
Asheville, NC

Contact the NCAJ

North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ)
PO Box 10918
Raleigh, NC 27605

More About the NCAJ

Benefits of Membership

Benefits of membership in the North Carolina Advocates for Justice include:

  • networking opportunities;
  • a more united voice through advocacy work in the NC state legislature;
  • subscriptions to various legal publications;
  • discounts to continuing legal education (CLE) seminars; and
  • access to listservs and discussion forums.

The different practice areas for the listservs and discussion forums include:

  • Auto Torts
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Consumer Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Defense Law
  • Disability Advocacy
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Hispanic/Latino Legal Issues
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Legal Assistants
  • New Lawyers
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Small Office Practice
  • Workers' Compensation

NCAJ "Find a Lawyer" Directory

One of the most important benefits of member in NCAJ includes a listing in the NCAJ Find A Lawyer Directory. The directory helps the public enter their city or county and an area of practice to search for an attorney who is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ).

NCAJ members cover many areas of practice including criminal defense, personal injury, employment law and workers’ compensation.  The public can use the directory to find an attorney across several different practice  areas including car accidents, traffic tickets, family law issues, and applying for Social Security Disability.

The NCAJ Specialized Membership Directories include:

  • NCAJ Spanish-speaking Attorney Directory;
  • NCAJ Bilingual Directory to find a bilingual attorney;
  • NCAJ Traffic Referral Directory to get help with a traffic ticket or citation; and
  • NC Free Legal Help for a listing of all NCAJ members who have agreed to provide a 10-min free consultation.

This directory of attorneys who are members NCAJ is provided as a service to both NCAJ members and the public. According to the disclaimer, the “Preferred Referrals” should not be interpreted by the public as constituting or implying our endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of the attorney or firm listed. Although using the directory is an important first step in finding a qualified attorney, the NCAJ make no guarantee concerning the ability of the attorney or firm to represent you or handle your legal matter.

Directory of Lawyers in North Carolina

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of lawyers in North Carolina which includes both NCAJ members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for an attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the NCAJ and other professional associations. This includes recognition for NCAJ members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the NCAJ.

Use this directory to find a North Carolina lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Personal Injury Lawyers by County


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