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The Durham Bar Foundation’s Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship Awards

The 2024 award window is now closed, and will open for 2025 on March 1, 2025. 

The application form is available as a Microsoft Word document; please provide typed responses if possible as scanned handwriting can be difficult to read.  You may download the Word document HERE. If you do not have Microsoft Word on your available computer, the file may be accessed using LibreOffice.  The PDF is also available HERE

Emailed submissions are strongly preferred. You may combine the application, transcript, personal statement(s) and recommendations into one PDF file, or send them as separate documents within a single email. Completed applications should be emailed to If you must mail your application, send it to The Durham Bar Foundation, PO Box 593, Durham, NC 27702. Recommenders who prefer to send letters directly to us should use the same contact information, i.e. or the mailing address above. 

Should you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to contact the Bar’s Executive Director, Bonnie Biggs, at 919-682-2012 or the email provided above.

About the Award

The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide assistance to residents and/or natives of Durham County who are attending law school, who can demonstrate a significant connection to the Durham community. Since its inception the scholarship program has enjoyed strong support from the Bar as a way of both recognizing and supporting such students. To date 28 scholarships have been awarded. 
The Foundation’s scholarships are awarded based on three criteria: connection to Durham County, financial need, and professional or academic achievement.

Award History & Adam Lischer's Legacy

In December 2002, the Durham County Bar Association created a scholarship fund to honor two attorneys who were retiring from public office. This effort then developed into a way to honor the service and history of recently departed members of the Durham Bar. In 2003, the non-profit organization, the Durham Bar Foundation, Inc., was formally established to raise funds each year, to award and administer the scholarship program and to fund other charitable endeavors. In 2006, the scholarship was permanently named in memory of Richard Adam Ewers Lischer, who died on July 17, 2005 at age 33, after a brief struggle with cancer.

Adam Lischer was a member of the Fourteenth (now Sixteenth) Judicial District Bar. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Washington College of Law at American University. The scholarship honors his career as a public service lawyer: following graduation he served as a judicial clerk to the honorable Linda M. McGee on the North Carolina Court of Appeals; he was awarded the Clifton W. Everett Community Lawyer Fellowship, which he discharged with Easter Carolina legal Services; for four years he served as Assistant District Attorney for Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson Counties; as a Durham attorney he received cases from the Office of the Capital Defender.

Tax-deductible donations can be made by check payable to Durham Bar Foundation, Inc, PO Box 593, Durham, NC 27702.

Prior Recipients

2024 Recipients

Rebekah Cid del Prado earned her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in 2005 and a master’s in human resource development from The North Carolina Central University in 2015 and is in her final year at Elon University School of Law, from which she will graduate in December of this year. She has lived in Durham since 2008 and worked for a community development financial institution, the Latino Community Credit Union, from 2008 until 2022 when she enrolled in law school. During that time, she participated in and organized many events in the community, including providing free financial education workshops, COVID-19 vaccination clinics and food drives. She was on the board and was a volunteer HR Consultant for the Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP: a bilingual preschool that subsidizes education for families in Durham). She intends to practice Employment Law, because of the issues she learned about as a Human Resources Executive. Rebekah's residency and summer externship are with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in fact she is recommended to us by two of their Administrative Judges, Anita F. Richardson and Katherine J. Christy.  

William Charles Knight earned his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in 2022 and has just completed his second year at Duke Law School, where he is a Contracts TA and has been Research Editor and Staff Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He has volunteered with Legal Aid to provide expunction clinics at TROSA and is a pro bono volunteer for the Clemency Project. He has worked with the Duke Children's Law Clinic and Durham's Legal Aid office and has served as a legal intern to Justice Anita Earls. This summer Will is a legal intern with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Will has been recommended to us by Professor Jonathan Seymour and Stella Boswell, Associate Dean in the Office of Public Interest & Pro Bono, at Duke Law. 

2023 Recipients

Daria Harrington
earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Winston Salem State University in 2020, with a stellar 3.9 GPA and a degree in Judicial Studies. She was deeply involved in the campus community and continued that involvement at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, from which she has just graduated this May. Here in Durham she has worked on the school's Death Penalty Project and has volunteered as a Student Teacher at Shepard Middle School. She has interned at the NC Supreme Court with Justice Michael Rivers Morgan, and has also interned in the Office of the Wake County Public Defender and the same office in Greensboro. As you can imagine from her background, she is quite committed to public service law. Justice Morgan recommends her to us, along with Associate Dean of Academic Success and Professor Kia Vernon at the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Angelica Danielle Richardson is a Durham native and has lived in five of our community's zip codes. She earned her undergraduate degree studying Peace, War and Defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from which she graduated in 2015. After graduation she spent time in the Peace Corps in South America and worked with DukeEngage. Drawn to the law, she enrolled in the North Carolina Central University School of Law, from which she graduated last month with several accolades. A lifelong Girl Scout, she volunteers at her church and leads her own Girl Scout troop of 16-18 year olds. She has worked as a law school tutor and has clerked with Wake County Superior Court Judge Vince Rozier. Like Ms. Harrington, she also volunteered Student Teaching at Shepard Middle School, in fact she attended Shepard and was a student in the same course that she has now taught. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and has served in roles that bring alumnae and undergraduate students together in community service across Durham and Chapel Hill. Angelica is recommended to us by the North Carolina Central University Assistant Dean of Academic Success, Krishnee Coley, and by our own Judge Shamieka Rhinehart.

2022 Recipient

Andriel M. Gary earned her undergraduate degree from the North Carolina Central University, magna cum laude, in 2014, and earned a full MBA from Regis University before enrolling in NCCU School of Law, from which she has graduated this spring as top-ranked student in her class, picking up book awards in contracts and property as well as the role of Publication Articles Editor for Law Review. She has participated in a wide variety of community service engagements during her time in law school, from walks to food banks to supporting tenants’ rights and helping apartment tenants secure housing and navigate eviction process. More recently she has interned with the NC Department of Justice & is part of the NCCU Civil Litigation Clinic. In addition, she lives with her family, sharing the responsibility of care and support for disabled siblings with her mother. If you have the great opportunity to get to know her, you will hear her outstanding comeback story and find inspiration in her journey to success.

2021 Recipients

Maian Adams has lived in Durham County for fifteen years. She earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina Central University in 2011 in biology and chemistry, during which she held science-based internships at Duke and Columbia University. She has participated in student government on both of her campuses and at the UNC system level. She taught chemistry at Jordan High School here in Durham. She has completed her first year of graduate work towards a joint JD/MBA at UNC Chapel Hill, which she anticipates earning in 2023. She is recommended to our scholarship committee by Durham attorney Jeremy S. Rigsbee  and Imalai Negron Martinez. She has volunteered with the Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College as well as Moms on a Mission. We are delighted to present her with one of our two 2021 Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship Award.


Keenan Conder is a Durham native. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Honors and Ancient/medieval history, plus a minor in Public Policy from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017. He has completed his second year of law school at UNC Chapel Hill and intends to earn his JD in 2022. He has served as a Research Assistant and has worked at the UNC Center for Civil Rights. He is recommended to us by Professor Beth Braswell and professor John Coyle as well as Allen Buansi. He has volunteered in a variety of political arenas with Durham Democrats and Durham CAN, representing congregations, associations, and neighborhoods, which is a grassroots political movement that advocates for

many policies including police reform and affordable housing.

2020 Recipient

Chazle’ Nashea Woodley has lived in Durham for 24 years. A graduate of the Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High school, she earned her undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill in Psychology and Sociology in 2012. In addition to earning academic achievement awards, she participated in Leadership Advantage, founded a Dance Ministry, and was President of Alpha Epsilon Omega Christian Sorority Incorporated. She went on to earn her MBA from National Louis University in 2016. She is presently in her second year at NCCU School of Law. In addition to all of this, she has volunteered consistently with the Durham County Teen Court, Habitat for Humanity, and Citizen Schools. And one more thing: If this isn't enough, she is married and raising a family.


She "will be dedicated to working tirelessly to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves through advocacy and helping those who desire to become self-sufficient by providing resources for their holistic wellbeing." She went on to say that she is "as dedicated to achieving my lifelong dream of becoming an attorney as I am committed to never letting this dream die."


Ms. Woodley was recommended to the scholarship committee by Krishnee Coley, Director of Academic Success, and Dorothy Mitchell, Clinical Assistant Professor and Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Law Clinic. We are thankful for their support of her candidacy.

2019 Recipients

Elizabeth Tobierre is a 2014 graduate of Duke University, with distinction, majoring in History, and was a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar. She is a 2019 graduate of Duke University School of Law, where she was a William Louis Dreyfus Scholar. She was notes editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law and Staff editor of the Duke Law and Technology Review. Locally, she has interned with the Children’s Law Clinic and Civil Justice Clinic and externed with the Durham Expunction and Restoration Program. As a student she initiated and coordinated the Duke-Durham Student Internship Program with a number of city departments. She has been a mentor and tutor for five different local groups focusing on teaching children science, math, STEM careers, self-confidence and communication skills. Most recently she has been a consistent tutor at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club.

In addition to two summer legal internships, her professional experience includes two years with Teach for American in Memphis, Tennessee. Throughout her years at Duke she has been a vocal, outspoken leader of councils, task forces, and student government groups advocating for stronger relations with the Durham community. She is recommended to us by former Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarships Award recipient Laura Holland, from the NC Justice Center, and Jesse Hamilton McCoy, Supervising attorney for the Duke Law Civil Justice Clinic. While Elizabeth is out of the country today, we are pleased to share her accomplishments with you.

Joseph Garcia is a 2015 graduate of East Carolina University, where he was President of the Student Association of Latino Spanish Affairs and received the Civic Engagement Award. He is a 2019 graduate of the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where he earned the role of Dean’s Ambassador, won several Trial advocacy awards, and was on Dean’s List for the last five semesters.

He served as an intern in the Durham County Public Defender’s office for seven months last year, during which time he participated in representation of clients, VITA Tax prep clinics, taught Mock Trial to middle school students at Githens and Lowe’s Grove, mentored 1 and 2L students, and through all of this work, patiently translated Spanish to those of us less fortunate to be fluent. He has demonstrated a commitment to improving the legal environment in Durham for Latino-Americans across the justice system and has chosen Bankruptcy and Tax law as his preferred career area in order to better support this same community. JJ is here today, and we are pleased to recognize him with the Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship Award.

2018 Recipient
Chantal Cherry-Lassiter earned her undergraduate degree from Elizabeth City State University in 1999. Before entering law school, she also earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Strayer University. She began pursuit of her law degree at Florida Coastal School of Law and transferred to North Carolina Central University after her first year, graduating last month. She was the 2L and 3L Outstanding Pro Bono Student of the Year Awards and obtained Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Certification in 2018. She also revived the school’s Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Society. She has been so active in the Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law clinics as to total over 700 hours during her academic career. For this and other work she was awarded the H. M. Michaux Award for Public Service, which recognizes the student who is distinguished by outstanding contributions to the Durham community while enrolled in the NCCU School of Law.

Her community service record is also quite outstanding, demonstrating a depth and length of involvement that is far beyond that of many law school students. She is currently a Guardian ad Litem and as the leader of the Teens in Transition program at the Durham Detention Center. She is also actively involved with organizations including Restorative Justice Durham and Organizing Against Racism-Durham. Her work experience includes paid and unpaid internships at both district and federal Public Defender’s Offices and over a year interning with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

She was recommended to the Scholarship Committee by Deria Hayes, Interim Pro Bono Director and Adjunct Professor at NC Central University School of Law, and Laura Holland, Staff Attorney with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the 2016 recipient of the Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship Award.

2017 Recipient
Shiekel Hendricks earned her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from NC Central University, cum laude, in 2013. At that time, she also picked up academic achievement awards, a community service award, and was invited to membership in Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society. She graduated from the North Carolina Central University School of Law in May of this year. Professor Lisa Kamarchik states that her academic work product “was superior for its organization, relevant treatment of law, conciseness, preciseness, and predictive tone.” At the same time, she has excelled out of the classroom. Throughout her academic career, she has worked at least 20-hours a week to support herself while attending school full time and volunteering for more than 200 pro bono hours during law school. Her community service record is stellar. She has volunteered with children through Lawyers 4 Literacy, the VITA tax preparation program, and an unpaid internship with the Public Defender’s office in 2015. This past year she volunteered concurrently with the Juvenile Law Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic. Most students do not work both clinics in the same semester; her recommendation from Page Potter suggests that this “speaks to Shiekel’s work ethic and commitment to public service.”

2016 Recipient
Laura Holland earned her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Duke University in 2009. She was #2 in her law school class, graduating Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University School of Law in May of this year. She was an officer or leader in a number of service and honorary societies and was Notes and Comments Editor of the NCCU Law Review. She was a Legal Writing scholar, received the Property Book Award, and was on the Dean’s List five out of six semesters. She is a member of two honor societies, Phi Alpha Theta, History Honors Society and Phi Delta Phi International Honors Society. She is also an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, which conducts frequent community sevice events here in Durham. Her legal industry community service is equally stellar. She volunteered with Legal Aid, the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and the Durham Senior Center. Quite a bit of this time was focused on combating collateral consequences of a criminal record. She has also worked for the legal department at GlaxoSmithKline.

2015 Recipient
Tenika Neely graduated from North Carolina Central University summa cum laude in 2014 with degrees in Political Science and Psychology and an impressive GPA of 3.9. She is currently enrolled at Wake Forest University School of Law, where she maintains a strong GPA and has been elected to several leadership positions. In addition, she is a 1L trial bar and Walker Moot Court competitor. This summer, she will intern with The Southern Coalition for Social Justice. The Coalition, located here in Durham, employs eight attorneys who focus their efforts on voting rights, criminal justice, environmental justice, and human rights. Ms. Neely joins Ian Mance, the 2013 recipient of the Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship Award, who is a staff attorney at the Coalition.

While she is not a Durham native, the degree to which Ms. Neely is connected to our community is considerable. While playing varsity women’s basketball for NCCU she began volunteering in the community, but she extended her volunteer efforts far past those designed for the sports team. She has served at the Durham Rescue Mission, John Avery Boys’ and Girls’ Club and Genesis Home. She founded a documentary series called, “You’re One Choice Away,” which shed light on homelessness in Durham. Seeing another area of need, she also served as President of EMERGE, an organization dedicated to spreading domestic violence awareness and support to the North Carolina Central University campus and Durham community at large. She intends to stay in the community and practice criminal defense law.

She comes to us recommended by Kendra J. Eaton, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, North Carolina Central, and Abigail Perdue, Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Research at Wake Forest University School of Law.

2014 Recipients
Jasmina Nogo graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009, with degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing with Honors. She currently attends North Carolina Central University School of Law, from which she will graduate in 2015, and at which she is presently in the top 5% of her class. She has received a number of academic awards as well as earning Dean’s List honors every semester. She is also a staff editor on the school’s Law Review. Concurrent with her education, she contributes 7-10 hours per week in pro-bono service. She has worked for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Advocates for Children’s Services, and the Latino Community Credit Union, and has served as a Guardian ad Litem. These are just a few of the local agencies with which she has already forged work and volunteer relationships. She will intern this summer with the Legal Aid office in Durham. Ms. Nogo’s personal story is just as compelling as her academic record. Her family moved to Durham in 1994 from Sarajevo, Bosnia, as civil war refugees. She considers Durham home, and is most interested in the intersection of education law and immigration law.

Nana Asante was born on July 27, 1990 in Accra, Ghana and lived there until immigrating to Madison, Wisconsin in 1997. She graduated from Duke University in 2012. At Duke, she was the Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year for 2012 and was voted one of the Top Ten Most Powerful Students at Duke University as published in Dmix Magazine. She has served in a variety of leadership roles and has been consistently employed since fall 2012 with the Durham Crisis Response Center, where she is currently a Sexual Assault Advocate. She has just completed her first year at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. While in school, she has accumulated over 35 hours of pro bono service and is also an ongoing volunteer for the Butner Re-Entry Legal Assistance Project. In addition to a number of honoraria and leadership roles, she was a quarter finalist for her school’s Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition and was selected to become a member of UNC’s Broun National Trial team. This summer Asante will clerk for the Honorable Lori J. Christian and the Honorable Carl R. Fox.

2013 Recipient
Asher Spiller is the 2013 recipient of the Durham Bar Foundation’s Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship Award. Mr. Spiller was born in Durham in 1983. He graduated from Durham School of the Arts. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Haverford College in 2006, graduating with Honors in Philosophy. He earned his law degree from the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill in 2013, with a class rank of 8th, and a GPA of 3.877.

He has been involved with the NC Museum of Life & Science, Habitat for Humanity, and Eno River Park. He has also completed 45 hours of pro bono work while in law school and served as Executive Articles Editor for the North Carolina Law Review, for which he also authored an article that was selected for publication. He will clerk for Judge James A. Wynn of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014, before which he will work with Womble Carlyle in RTP.

2012 Recipient
Ian Andrew Mance has been called a “strong investment in the community.” Mr. Mance earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University in May of 2003, holding a GPA of 3.36. He continued there, earning a Master of Arts in Political Science/Justice Studies in May 2005 with the highest GPA in the program, 3.975. He is currently enrolled in the University of North Carolina School of Law, where his GPA is 3.607, and where he is currently Articles Editor for The North Carolina Law Review. His roots in Durham go back to Bartlett S. Durham, for whom our city was named, and he lives in the downtown “Golden Belt” district. His work experience includes a full-time summer internship with local firm Brock, Payne & Meece, P.A. as well as four years with the American Civil Liberties Union. This summer he will work for the UNC Center for Civil Rights, after which, during his third year of law school, he will work in UNC Law’s Civil Legal Assistance Clinic. He plans to remain in Durham after law school.

2011 Recipient
Jessalee Landfried is the 2011 recipient of the Durham Bar Foundation’s Adam Lischer Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Landfried is a Durham native, and attended Durham School of the Arts. She graduated from Wesleyan University in CT in 2007, Phi Beta Kappa, and has completed her first year at Duke University School of Law, carrying a 3.17. She is concurrently enrolled in the Nicholas School of the Environment, where her GPA is 3.79. She has lived in Durham since 1989 and was recommended to us by Duke Law School Asst. Dean Kimberly Ann Bart as well as Judith Kincaid, Executive Director of Clean Energy Durham, where Ms. Landfried has worked and volunteered.

2010 Recipients
Raina Haque has completed her first year at UNC School of Law, carrying a 3.65. She graduated from Wellesley in 2007. She worked for Merrill Lynch for two years before law school, participates in pro bono clinics — 90 hours last year (low income wills, powers of attorney, etc.), and will work for BlueCross BlueShield of NC this summer. She will also serve on the Pro Bono Board at UNC, where she will act as a liaison between UNC Law Students and Attorneys who need assistance with their pro bono projects. She has lived in Durham for 25 years and was recommended to us by UNC Law Professors Maxine Eichner and Ruth Ann McKinney.

Johanna Jennings has completed her second year at Duke Law School, has a GPA of 3.44, and graduated from Rice, Phi Beta Kappa, in 2007. She volunteers with a youth home here in Durham and is involved with the Children’s Law Clinic. She has volunteered with the ACLU Cap. Punishment Project and the Texas Innocence Project. She has lived in Durham for 13 years and was recommended to the Bar by Duke Law Professors Stella Boswell and Jane Wettach.

2009 Recipients
Catherine Lee McClean is a Durham native and a 2006 graduate, with Distinction, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated this month from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where she maintained an 86 average and was recommended to us by Professor Charles Rose. Her volunteer commitment has been demonstrated through her work with the homeless shelter and through tutoring and mentoring at Eastway Elementary school.

Carolyn Wade Willer was born in Durham. She graduated from Wake Forest University, Magna Cum Laude, in 2006, and is in her second year at Duke University School of Law, where she has earned a 3.53 average, and comes to us with a recommendation from Professor and Former Dean Kate Bartlett. Her commitment to the community is evident in her work as a Guardian Ad-Litem volunteer, and a Durham County Teen Court Advisor and Mentor.

2008 Ryan Connolly

2007 LiBria Stephens, Amily K. McCool

2006 William Wickward, Amanda J. Reeder

2005 Isaac A. Linnartz, Ann M. McEntire

2004 Suzanne Begnoche, Eugene Soar, Susan Easley

Where are they now?
2004: Suzanne Begnoche served as a staff attorney at Legal Aid-Durham and then opened her own practice serving Durham and Orange counties.

2007: LiBria Stephens opened her law office in Durham and continues to practice here.

2007: Amily McCool, MSW, JD, is the Legal and Policy Director for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at NC State University in 2000 followed by an MSW and JD at UNC-CH in 2003 and 2008 respectively. She brings over 17 years of experience working in the domestic violence field as both a social worker and a lawyer and has worked with both survivors and offenders at different stages of her career. She has clerked at the NC Court of Appeals, worked as an assistant district attorney in Wake County for four years, focusing on prosecution of domestic violence cases, and served as the part-time DV Staff Attorney for Durham Legal Aid, representing survivors in their domestic violence protective order cases. As the Legal and Policy Director she provides technical assistance on domestic violence legal and policy issues, oversees NCCADV’s direct legal services program, prepares and conducts statewide domestic violence trainings for law enforcement, advocates, prosecutors, court personnel, and allied professionals and advocates at the state and federal levels for strengthened laws to protect domestic violence survivors and their families. In addition, Amily is a certified criminal justice instructor specializing in domestic violence and legal topics.

2008: Ryan Connolly practiced in Durham, with Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer, PA. and Crabtree, Carpenter & Connolly, PLLC, and is currently General Counsel at Netsertive, Inc. located here in Durham.

2010: Johanna Jennings joined the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham as an Osborne Fellow after graduation and is currently with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.

2010: Raina Haque is a noted speaker about Blockchain Technology and Bitcoin. She is “writing up a guide to blockchain technology for the North Carolina Bar Association. There is a point I am making in the write up that still seems to be escaping the attention of many jurists–the lack of a nuanced definition of ‘blockchain.’ Especially with increased regulatory scrutiny, definitions are going to matter more and more.” Read her article HERE.

2011: Jessalee Landfried is currently an Environmental Attorney at Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in Washington D.C.

2013: Asher Spiller is currently an Assistant Attorney General with the North Carolina Department of Justice, Environmental Division.

2014: Nana Asante-Smith is a Wake County assistant district attorney and a political action committee coordinator for the People’s Alliance. She has served as President of the Durham Crisis Response Center board of directors and is also the 2018 President of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.

2016: Laura Holland is currently with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

More about Adam Lischer
Stations of the Heart is a father’s heartbreaking and hopeful story about his beloved son, in which a young man teaches his family “a new way to die” with wit, candor, and grace. As the book opens, Richard Lischer’s son, Adam, calls to tell his father, a professor of divinity at Duke University, that his cancer has returned. Adam is a charismatic young man with a promising law career, and that his wife is pregnant with their first child makes the disease’s return all the more devastating. Despite the cruel course of the illness, Adam’s growing weakness evokes in him a remarkable spiritual strength. This is the story of one last summer, lived as honestly and faithfully as possible. Deeply moving and utterly lacking in sentimentality or self-pity, Stations of the Heart is an unforgettable book about life and death and the terrible blessing of saying good-bye. (text credit to