July 16th - Legal & Constitutional Rights - Panelist

This session extends the conversation more broadly toward one’s rights as a citizen, application of the law, and how such issues as race, gender, class, etc., potentially impact legal decisions and outcomes. This panel of attorneys will clarify terms, procedures, and steps to take when an individual finds him/herself “at the other end of the law.”


Special thanks to our community partners: The Winston-Salem Chronicle; Entercom/97.1 QMG; and

The Alpha Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

  • Beth Norbrey Hopkins - Moderator

    Retired Wake Forest University Professor

    Beth Hopkins is a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience in a range of practice areas.  Raised in Petersburg, Virginia, during a turbulent time in race relations, Beth still vividly remembers the White Only and Colored Only signs that marked many of the locations throughout the city. At an early age, she decided that she wanted to become a lawyer,  and she has spent her life being guided by that vision.


    Beth began her professional career with a civil rights law firm, Hill, Tucker and Marsh, the law firm of one of her heroes, civil rights icon Oliver Hill, one of the Brown v. Board of Education attorneys. She worked on a variety of cases in the two years she was there, including employment issues and police brutality. Beth left the firm to become an assistant attorney general in Virginia assigned to colleges and universities, then moved on to become a federal prosecutor, first in Richmond, Virginia, and then later, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Ultimately, Beth returned to her undergraduate alma mater, Wake Forest University, where she served initially in the office of the legal counsel, and then later as the inaugural director of the Smith Anderson Center for Community Outreach at the law school. While at Wake Forest, Beth taught course Race and the Courts in the History Department for the college, as well as a course on Business Drafting for the law school.


    Through her strong track record of leadership, she has consistently exhibited a wide range of personal and professional characteristics that are supportive of diversity and inclusion within the community. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Beth has crafted regulatory legislation, bylaws and constitutional provisions for the United States Tennis Association, the Southern Tennis Association, and the North Carolina Tennis Association and served as chairman of the Constitution and Rules committee for the United States Tennis Association.


    Notably, in light of her time as Director of Community Outreach and upon her retirement from that position in 2016,   The Dean renamed the Public Interest Initiative stipends that are awarded each year to students who pursue public interest opportunities as the Hopkins Pro Humanitate Award, in her honor.



    A 1973 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, with a major in Asian History, and a 1977 graduate of William and Mary Law School and a recipient of the 2018 William and Mary Citizenship Lawyer Award, she is married to another Wake Forest University alumnus, Dr. Lawrence D. Hopkins. They have two children, Michelle and David. 

  • Honorable Cheri Beasley

    Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

    Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has spent more than twenty years dedicated to the rule of law. She began her judicial career as a district court judge in Cumberland County where she served for a decade before being elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2008. She served as an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court for seven years before being appointed by Governor Cooper to lead the North Carolina Supreme Court last year. She is the first African-American woman in the Supreme Court’s 200 year history to serve as Chief Justice.

     

    Chief Justice Beasley has spent her entire career advocating for courts that are independent, fair, and accessible, and that serve every person with dignity and respect. As Chief Justice, she is advocating for a court system that not only solves legal disputes, but also helps people better their lives. By engaging local judges, educators and law enforcement, she is helping to reform discipline in our schools and keeping kids out of our courtrooms. She is committed to expanding specialized treatment courts that better serve the needs of North Carolina’s children and families. She is also working to leverage the power of technology to make sure our courts are efficient and accessible.

     


    She has lectured extensively to promote the administration of justice, the importance of an independent judiciary, and fair judicial selection. She is active in her community through leadership in her church, First Baptist of Raleigh, her support of hunger relief efforts, and her mentoring of students from elementary school to law school. She is a graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University, the University of Tennessee College of Law, and Duke University School of Law where she obtained her LL.M. She and her husband, Curtis Owens, are the proud parents of twin sons, Thomas and Matthew.

  • Al Andrews

    Chief Deputy City Attorney, Greensboro, NC

    Attorney Al Andrews hails from Martin County, NC.  He graduated with honors from Howard University, in Washington, DC, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Attorney Andrews is a veteran, starting his career as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, stationed in Hawaii.  Since then he has served in various capacities as a police attorney (Charlotte, High Point), an attorney for the North Carolina General Assembly, Deputy City Attorney for the City of Winston-Salem and now Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of Greensboro. 

     

    In his thirty-year legal career, Attorney Andrews has been a State certified instructor for BLET law enforcement training and has rendered hundreds of hours of law enforcement in-service training. Among other responsibilities, he now conducts and manages litigation for the City of Greensboro.  Attorney Andrews lives in Winston-Salem and serves on a number of local boards, including Kaleideum.  He is an active member of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church.  His wife, Attorney Lynne Fuller-Andrews, and he are the proud parents of rising high school senior, Evan Andrews.

  • Gregory (Greg) Davis

    Federal Public Defender

    Gregory (Greg)Davis has been a member of the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina since April 1993.  He presently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel and is assigned to the Winston-Salem office.  Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender’s Office, he was in private practice for 17 years in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Sanford, N.C. where his practice concentrated on state and federal criminal law.  He has also been employed with the Durham County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.  He received his B.A. degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and his J.D. degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1974.  He has served two terms as the president of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers and was recognized as the association’s Lawyer of the Year in 1989 for his defense of Michael Hayes, which resulted in verdicts of “Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity” in four charges of First Degree Murder and numerous other felony assault charges.  The “Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity” verdict was, at that time, the first successful use of the defense in a first degree murder trial in North Carolina in 100 years.  On June 2, 2010, he was proclaimed an “Outstanding Assistant Federal Defender” by the National Association of Federal Defenders at its conference in Seattle,Washington.  He and his wife currently live in Winston-Salem, N.C.

  • Jennifer Martin

    Chief Prosecutor, Forsyth County District Attorney Office

    Jennifer L. Martin graduated from WFU 1996 with a BA degree in English and minor in Women's Studies.  She graduated from WFU law school 1999 with the firm belief that working in the Forsyth County District Attorney's Office was the best place to serve her community.  Jennifer started in the DAs office in 1999 as a traffic court prosecutor. Currently the Chief Assistant District Attorney, Jennifer is currently the only Black woman to hold that position in the state of North Carolina. Jennifer has tried 80 jury trials including 14 First Degree  murder trials  to verdict. Seven of those were death penalty cases. 

     

    As the Chief Prosecutor, Ms. Martin supervises the Forsyth District Attorney’s Office, trains prosecutors and directs Human Resources in the office.  She also works closely with law enforcement agencies in Forsyth County to advise the investigation of all murder cases and officer involved shootings.

     

    Each year Jennifer presents legal updates to current local Law Enforcement Officers and the Rookie Law Enforcement Class at the WSPD.  Ms. Martin also worked several years as the jail population coordinator with their local jail in Forsyth. She also lectures annually at Campbell Law School and each year Jennifer teaches multiple classes at New Prosecutor School for all new prosecutors in the State of North Carolina.   She is an adjunct law professor at Elon University School of Law. Ms. Martin is a frequently requested guest lecturer at law schools and universities across the state.

     

    During her 21 years a prosecutor she has started several positive programs to help the community including an Elder Abuse Task Force, community outreach license restoration program, and developed a 15 year partnership with local universities to work with Campus Police and University Athletic Departments with collaborative efforts to support student athlete success off the field. 

     

    Jennifer also volunteers with Project Re-Entry through Goodwill Industries to help men and women who complete job training in prison obtain their driver’s license after their release.  She has served on the boards of The Ronald McDonald House, SCAN (stop child abuse now), the Bethesda Center for the Homeless, and Mediation Services. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. She currently serves on the executive board of the Criminal Justice Section of the NC BAR Association. 

  • Stacey Rubain

    Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Stacey Rubain is a seasoned trial lawyer and brings a wealth of diverse experiences and broad legal knowledge to Quander Rubain, where she has been a partner since 2005.  She regularly represents clients in North Carolina state courts, the United States District Courts in the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, and before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.


    Originally from the Washington, DC, Metro Area, Stacey is a graduate of Syracuse University.  She received her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1999.  Stacey is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, the District of Columbia, and before the United States Supreme Court.  


    Stacey has been named a top criminal defense lawyer by North Carolina Super Lawyers.  She has also been certified as a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law by the North Carolina State Bar.  Stacey also serves as a Trial Practice Adjunct Law Professor at Wake Forest School of Law.