Bar Association Elects Its First Black Male President

A new president is elected for the North Carolina Bar Association.

Charles L. Becton of Durham is the first black male president of the group. The Raleigh attorney will assume the year-long post in June 2008.

Becton says he intends to work hard "without regard to race or gender or anything else."

Becton graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1969, and has practiced law with the firm of Becton, Slifkin And Bell since 1990.

He served on the state Court of Appeals from 1981 to 1990 and was named North Carolina Appellate Judge of the Year in 1985.

Becton will replace Greensboro attorney Janet Ward Black as the group's 114th president.

Black was sworn in during the Bar's annual meeting, held this weekend in Asheville. She says her priorities will include promoting civil legal services to the poor.