RALEIGH, N.C.—Poyner Spruill LLP is pleased to announce partner Mike McIntyre has been selected as the 2020 Liberty Bell Award recipient by the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA). McIntyre was selected for his commitment to strengthening democracy and promoting civic engagement.
As the 2020 honoree, McIntyre is in good company; previous honorees include 12 judges, five chief justices, a U.S. senator and two governors.
Despite this year’s formal awards ceremony being canceled due to the coronavirus, the Young Lawyers Division continued the tradition of selecting “an individual who has strengthened the American system of freedom under the law” as the Liberty Bell Award honoree.
McIntyre is a longtime supporter of the NCBA. He chaired the young lawyers committee for the NCBA back in 1981, and also served on the NCBA’s Lawyers Advisory Committee for the North Carolina Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. He is also founder of the annual McIntyre Youth Leadership Challenge, which encourages students to embrace and practice the principles of good citizenship. In 2018 he received the Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake, Jr. Public Service Award, which is presented by the NCBA to “an outstanding lawyer in North Carolina who has performed exemplary public service.”
Serving as director of the firm’s government relations practice, McIntyre represents governments on the local, state and national levels.