06/19/05 — Henson Barnes to be honored by N.C. Bar

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Henson Barnes to be honored by N.C. Bar

By Jack Stephens
Published in News on June 19, 2005 2:01 AM

Henson Barnes, who retired from his Goldsboro law practice in 1997, will be inducted into the N.C. Bar Association Hall of Fame.

Barnes will be inducted Thursday night during the association's annual meeting at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

Barnes began his law career as a solo practice in 1961. He retired 36 years later from the six-person firm of Barnes, Braswell and Haithcock.

Barnes began a two-year term in the state House of Representatives in 1974. Then he was elected to the state Senate in 1976 and served until 1992.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Barnes served as president pro tem during his final four years in the Senate.

Several of his colleagues are expected to attend the ceremony for Barnes, who now lives in White Lake.

The Hall of Fame, sponsored by the association's general practice, solo and small firm division, was established in 1989. Membership is granted in recognition of a lifetime of exemplary service and high ethical and professional standards and for serving as a role model for all lawyers in the state.

To be eligible, lawyers must have practiced law for at least 25 years, a significant portion of that time having been devoted to the general practice of law, and be a member in good standing of the bar association. They also must rendered a high level of service to the legal profession and to their communities.