RALEIGH, N.C. – Smith Anderson Partner Rosemary Kenyon was honored by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a 2012 Women of Justice award recipient. The accolade honors women who have made great professional strides and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the legal community, in corporate business law or social advocacy.
Ms. Kenyon is recognized in the category of “Business Practitioner” for her efforts toward improving the quality of justice and contributing to the betterment of the profession. The award acknowledges the goal that Ms. Kenyon identified early on in her career to make a difference in how justice is delivered.
“I am honored and humbled to have been nominated for this recognition,” said Rose Kenyon. “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to become a lawyer, and to be a part of this great profession that is able to provide such important services to our community and to support our rights in a free country.”
For the past 10 years, Ms. Kenyon has served as the Pro Bono Partner for Smith Anderson. Her responsibilities include recruiting and training lawyers to perform pro bono services, identifying pro bono opportunities, and developing partnerships with several organizations through which the Firm provides pro bono services. In addition, she has served in numerous leadership roles with the North Carolina Bar Association, including serving as chair of the committee that produced the most recent strategic plan that emphasized the importance of improving access to justice for the poor. Ms. Kenyon has held leadership positions in several nonprofit organizations over the years and is currently board chair of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, as well as chair of the program committee for the Raleigh Professional Women’s Forum.
Ms. Kenyon provides pro bono legal assistance on a regular basis because she believes it is the right thing to do, “It can’t all be about making money. Throughout my career, I strive to stay engaged in the broader world--beyond the daily demands of law practice--to use my professional skills to help others.”
About the Women of Justice Awards
The Women of Justice awards recognize women across the state of North Carolina who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. The awards reach out to women in various segments of the legal community, including the bar, the bench, public office, business, academia, non-profits and the state-at-large.