Dorothy Hairston Mitchell (2007)
Assistant Public Defender
14th Defender District
510 South Dillard Street, Suite 4700
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 808-3327

Frederick S. Battaglia, Jr. (2013)
120 E Parrish Street. Suite 210
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 688-7199

Antoinette Hilliard (2008)
Assistant Public Defender
14th Defender District
510 South Dillard Street, Suite 4700
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 808-3023

Treasurer (2012)
Catherine Wilson
McPherson, Rocamora, Nicholson & Nordgren PLLC
3211 Shannon Road, Suite 620
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: 919-493-0584


Vanya Allen (2014)
Senior Business Controls Professional, IBM
Law Office of Vanya Allen
Phone: 919-423-7895

Guy Crabtree (2014)
Pulley Watson King & Lischer, PA
P.O. Drawer 3600
Durham, NC 27702
Phone: 919-682-9691

Kari Hamel (2014)
Legal Aid of NC – Durham Office
PO Box 2101
Durham, NC 27702
Phone: 919-542-0475

Kelly J. Mackay (2013)
Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill
P.O. Box 51549
Durham NC 27717
Phone: (919) 493-8411

Dieter Mauch (2013)
Hedrick Murray Bryson Kennett & Mauch PLLC
3511 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 419-3300

Henry Sappenfield (2014)
Kennon, Craver, Belo, Craig & McKee, PLLC
4011 University Drive, Suite 300
Durham, NC 27707

Lindsey Spain (2014)
Thomas, Ferguson & Mullins
119 E. Main Street
Durham NC 27701

Immediate Past President
Carlos E. Mahoney
(2005-2009, 2012-14)
Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney, P.A.
P.O. Drawer 3865
Durham, NC 27702

Non-Board Member/Executive Director (all dues/membership questions)
Bonnie B. Biggs (2006)
PO BOX 593
Durham, NC 27702
Phone: (919) 682-2012 (extension 0)


Bar Committee Descriptions and Requirements

All committee appointments are made by the Bar President, at the beginning of his term or during his term. Committee members are all encouraged to pay their mandatory bar dues prior to the deadline, and are also encouraged to join the voluntary bar in Durham, the DCBA, for the year in which they serve. 

Members who wish to serve should send their contact information and specific request, if any, to the Executive Director at

Presidential Appointments (one each):

Courthouse Security Task Force 

Courthouse Continuity of Operations Committee


Scholarship Committee    5-6 members

Most Active: March and April

Estimated time commitment: 2-3 meetings

Requirement: Members cannot be related to candidates for scholarships.

Description: Evaluates and selects scholarship award recipients based on criteria provided by the Scholarship chair, and as dictated by the Foundation bylaws and application packet.


Fourteenth/DCBA Officer Nominating Committee    9 members

Most Active: late Spring

Requirement: Members must be in the Fourteenth judicial district, and cannot be current candidates for Board or Officer positions.

Description: Selects /slates candidates for DCBA/Fourteenth leadership positions.


Awards/Recognition Committee    4 - 5 members

Most Active: early Spring

Estimated time commitment: 1-2 meetings

Requirement: Members should be members of both the Fourteenth and the DCBA, and cannot be candidates for awards for which nominations are made. 

Description: Committee selects local nominees for statewide awards and completes these nominations on behalf of the DCBA and Fourteenth. Also consults to President regarding local awards and recognition. Committee also completes press releases and generates news articles about local attorneys who are contributing to the community.


Grievance Committee    7-9 members

Most Active: When called upon by way of information received from NCSB

Estimated time commitment:  Unknown

Requirement: Meetings as called by Chair, who would receive requests for action from NCSB. Members must be in the Fourteenth judicial district.

Description: All grievances start at the NCSB and can in some cases be referred back to the local bar’s Grievance Committee for action. The Grievance committee would hear grievances about members of the Fourteenth Judicial District Bar, as received from the NCSB.


Public Service Committee      limited spaces open

See PSC page, to left.


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