Salisbury attorney Darrin Jordan to become NC bar chairman, first county attorney to hold title – Salisbury Post

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SALISBURY – Salisbury attorney Darrin Jordan will begin his tenure tonight as president of the North Carolina State Bar, becoming the first Rowan County attorney to hold the post.

Jordan, partner of Whitley Jordan & Inge PA, will be accompanied by his wife and children as he is sworn in at a ceremony chaired by Chief Justice Paul Newby at the State Bar’s annual meeting and dinner at Raleigh. This will be the first time Newby has been sworn in for President of the State Bar.

“I have a hard time balancing with the fact that they allow me to represent the state of North Carolina as chairman of the bar, but that’s just me,” Jordan said. “I’m just me, a kid from Salisbury who grew up on North Church Street. I was not at the country club. I was one block from Main Street. It is a humiliating experience. I am honored to be able to do so.

Jordan has served as Vice-President and President-Elect of the State Bar of North Carolina for the previous two years. Prior to that, he represented the Rowan County Judicial District as an adviser to the state bar for nine years. The State Bar is a government agency responsible for regulating the legal profession in North Carolina.

“Our mission at the state bar is essentially to protect the public from the unauthorized practice of law and to punish lawyers who violate the rules of professional conduct,” Jordan said. “This is our mission and this is what I hope we will continue to do.”

The State Bar was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1933. Jordan will be the organization’s 87th president and will be its first president to practice solely in Rowan County.

“The lawyers from this judicial district who have come to see me are just celebrating the fact that there is an attorney from Rowan County who is becoming president of the state bar,” Jordan said.

Jordan was born in Salisbury and graduated from Salisbury High School in 1983. He received a BA in Political Science and Accounting from Catawba College in 1987 and graduated from Campbell University School of Law in 1990.

After studying law, Jordan worked in Wilmington for three years with the law firm Peters and Register before returning closer to home. Jordan then worked as Assistant District Attorney in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties for six years before becoming a private lawyer. He was certified as a specialist in criminal law in 2004 and works mainly in criminal defense, traffic law and personal injury law. Jordan received the Professor John Robin Award for Extraordinary Contribution Defense Training Programs in 2012.

Jordan will soon retire from the NC Indigent Defense Services Commission. He has been chairman of the commission for the past two years and has been a member of the commission for seven years.

In addition to his professional career, Jordan has previously served on the boards of Rowan Helping Ministries and the Red Cross section of Elizabeth Hanford Dole. He was also a Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 254.

Jordan has said his presidency of the state bar will be unique because he does not belong to one of the state’s largest jurisdictions.

“I’m a small town lawyer in a small law firm, where the vast majority of attorneys who have served as state bar presidents come from large judicial districts like Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro.” , Jordan said.

Jordan said he was also different from former presidents because he was a full-time criminal defense attorney.

“There hasn’t been a lawyer doing the type of work I do and when I say it’s criminal defense where I move from district court to superior court to deal with day-to-day cases “Jordan said. “There hasn’t been anyone like this for a long, long time.”

With his one-year term starting today, Jordan already has in sight what he hopes to accomplish. At the top of his list of priorities is ensuring that those involved in civil litigation have sufficient access to legal justice.

“The state bar has looked very seriously at how we can make access to justice more affordable and how we can promote it so that people who don’t necessarily have the means to go out for legal representation can still get justice in our justice system, ”Jordan said.

Jordan said the state bar planned to create a “regulatory sandbox” in which state lawmakers temporarily suspended certain regulations relating to lawyers to allow the testing of new policies. One such policy could be to give paralegals (professionals trained to assist lawyers) with a limited ability to practice law under strict rules and circumstances. These paralegals, Jordan said, could help fill gaps in the justice system for low-income people.

Jordan said he would also like to help complete efforts to update the wording of the preamble and state bar rules of professional conduct to deter discrimination and reflect the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.

“We’ve had several subcommittees for various things over the last year, looking at things like putting language in our preamble that would tell lawyers they shouldn’t discriminate,” Jordan said. “We all know this is what we shouldn’t be doing, but we ask ourselves as an agency, as an organization, as an organization, if we shouldn’t put something in the preamble of our organization to remind lawyers that this is a social issue we need to think about. “

After serving his presidential term, Jordan will remain an officer at the state bar as past president. By the time this role is completed, Jordan will have served to some extent with the state bar for 14 years.

Jordan lives near Kannapolis with his family. He enjoys fly fishing, gardening and raising bees.


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