Raleigh, N.C. – Smith Anderson Partner and Army Reserve Officer Colonel Kirk Warner was recently appointed Chairman of the new Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation. Kirk was appointed by incoming North Carolina Bar Association President Alan Duncan and he will serve a one-year term as Committee Chairman beginning in June 2013.
Kirk has a long history of service in the military that includes roles as the first Commander, 134th Legal Operations Detachment, Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and Commander of the 12th JAG Detachment in Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. In addition to serving on the new Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Kirk also serves with Smith Anderson lawyer and retired Army Colonel David Hayden on the North Carolina Bar Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Committee.
The mission of the new Military and Veterans Affairs Committee will be to develop and oversee North Carolina Bar Association-led efforts to serve attorneys that practice in areas of law relating to the military and veterans. The Committee will also organize and promote activities and projects that directly serve active duty and retired military personnel. A separate committee of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Veterans Pro Bono Project, will regularly report to the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee regarding their work assisting veterans on a pro bono basis.