Hathaway PendergrassHathaway Pendergrass is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Orange & Chatham Justice Initiatives affiliate. He is the former President and Board Member of the Orange County Rape Crisis Center Board of Directors, former President of the 15B Judicial District Bar, and Teen Court Judge with Volunteers for Youth in Orange County. Hathaway, a native of Carrboro, works at Epting and Hackney law firm in Chapel Hill and focuses his practice on civil litigation and criminal law. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and NC Central School of Law.

Judge Allen BaddourJudge Allen Baddour has served as a Resident Superior Court Judge in Chatham and Orange Counties since 2006. Judge Baddour serves on the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Forms Committee and the North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. He is the former Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Directors.

Caitlin FenhagenCaitlin Fenhagen is the Criminal Justice Resource Director for Orange County. The Orange County Criminal Justice Resource Department (CJRD) was created by the Board of County Commissioners to oversee, support and enhance jail alternatives programming in Orange County. Prior to her position at the CJRD, she worked for eight years as the Deputy Capital Defender for the Office of the N.C. Capital Defender.  After graduating from UNC School of Law, she was an Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia, the Bronx, and Orange County. She also spent two years as an attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation

Alyson GrineAlyson Grine is an Assistant District Attorney in Durham County. She has previously served as a faculty member at NC Central School of Law and the UNC School of Government, as well as an Assistant Public Defender for Orange and Chatham Counties. Her scholarship focuses on criminal law and procedure and issues of racial justice.

Jim HugerichJim Huegerich received his M.Ed., Special Education, from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975 and has been employed since with the Town of Chapel Hill, serving in capacities as Police Crisis Counselor, Crisis Unit Supervisor, Interim Town Human Services Director, Director of Crisis and Human Services, and currently as Senior Ombuds. As Director of Crisis and Human Services he managed a 24-hour mobile crisis unit, a first-time drug offender’s diversionary program and a human services component for special needs populations of the town. As Senior Ombuds he manages a service for Town employees and residents to help provide them with information, resources and options for navigating Town services and for an impartial, confidential resource for managing or facilitating dialogue across differences. Jim provides training across the State of North Carolina on the topics of Safety & Workplace Violence, Defusing Conflict, Customer Services, Difficult Conversations, Mental Health Emergencies, and Dialogue Across Differences. In addition to serving on the OC Justice Initiatives Board, Jim is a member of the NC Region J Critical Incident Stress Management Team, NC State Emergency Response Team, Duke University Hospice, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Crisis and School Safety Teams.  He volunteers in the community as Stephen Minister, Red Cross Shelter Manager and Grief Counselor.

David Lambeth - David Lambeth serves as Assistant University Counsel in UNC Chapel Hill's Office of University Counsel.  As a second generation attorney, an appreciation of the judicial system and the integral role it plays in society was instilled in him at a young age.  As a graduate of both UNC Chapel Hill and the UNC School of Law, David is excited to work with Justice Initiatives to promote the important role played by the judicial system in Orange County and beyond.

Fran Muse - Fran Muse is the Director of Carolina Student Legal Services, Inc. Prior to joining CSLS, Muse was in private practice in Orange and Chatham counties for 15 years.  She served on numerous indigent defense lists and served as the Child Support Enforcement and Adult Protective Services lawyer for Chatham County DSS.  Muse was an Assistant Public Defender in Orange and Chatham counties from 1990-1992 and worked at NCSU Student Legal Services from 1994 - 2000.  Muse has her undergraduate degree from UNC-CH and graduated cum laude from Campbell University School of Law in 1990.   Muse is a member of the 18th Judicial District Bar Mentoring Committee, is Chair of the 18th Judicial District Bar Professionalism CLE Committee, and is the 2018-19 President of the 18th Judicial District Bar.

Noah OswaldNoah Oswald is a partner at his law practice in Hillsborough where he practices as a domestic and civil litigation. He has served as President of the Orange County Bar Association and currently serves as a member of the 18th Judicial District CLE Committee, member of the Orange County Courthouse Committee, and Procedural Fairness Subcommittee, and the Orange County Affordable Housing Board. Noah is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the North Carolina Central School of Law.

Jamie RichardsonJamie Richardson is the Superior Court Trial Court Coordinator for Chatham and Orange Counties. She also serves as the Vice President for the North Carolina Association for Court Management. Jamie was raised in Orange County and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Campbell University School of Law.

Willis P. Whichard - Willis P. Whichard is an attorney with the firm of Tillman, Whichard & Cagle, PLLC, in Chapel Hill.  He has served in the North Carolina House, the North Carolina Senate, as a justice on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and as a justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.  He was also Dean and Professor of Law at Campbell University.



Judicial Redistricting Information Night - 11/16/2017

Justice Initiatives, Inc. and the 15-B Judicial District Bar held an Information Night on the Legislative Plans for Judicial Redistricting in Chatham and Orange Counties, as well as other changes and proposed changes to the Court System, moderated by the 15B Bar President Hathaway Pendergrass.

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Immigration Law Forum - 2/1/2017

Justice Initiatives along with Carolina Student Legal Services, and the Town of Chapel Hill co-sponsored a forum for the University and the surrounding community entitled: "Immigration Law and the New Administration". The speakers at the event included local professors and administration, immigration lawyers, the Orange County District Attorney, and others. The event featured topics from anticipated changes under the new administration to resources and support for local residents.

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