UNC Names Harriett Smalls Outstanding Recent Law Graduate

September 2, 2009

Greensboro healthcare attorney praised for representing UNC, profession and community

GREENSBORO, NC – September 2, 2009 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School has selected Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP attorney Harriett Smalls as its recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.  The award recognizes a UNC law alumnus whose achievements have brought credit to the school of law and the legal profession, while maintaining a high level of involvement in the community.

“Harriett is a wonderful person who has given freely of her time and expertise in her community in so many ways,” says Robert Wilson, practice area leader for health care at Smith Moore Leatherwood. “She is a vibrant, positive, and natural leader who recognizes that as an attorney and as a nurse, she has an obligation to contribute to the well-being of her clients, her patients, her community, and the bar as a whole.  She is very deserving of this great recognition.” 

A 1999 graduate of UNC’s School of Law, Smalls is a member of the firm’s health care practice in its Greensboro office.  She focuses her work on patient confidentiality, disclosure of medical records, risk management, medical malpractice, regulatory and administrative, operational, and licensure and certification issues.  In addition, Smalls has worked for the past 15 years as a neonatal nurse practitioner and works an average of two weekends per month in the neonatal intensive care unit at Forsyth Medical Center.

Smalls holds several leadership roles at the national and local levels within the profession.  She is a member of the board of directors of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, the secretary-treasurer of the 18th Judicial District Bar, past president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, former board member of the Greensboro Bar Association and founding member of the Guilford County Association of Women Attorneys.

In addition to her professional service, Smalls is heavily involved in the Triad community as a board member of Bell House, Moses Cone-Wesley Long Community Health Foundation and the March of Dimes Greater Triad Division.

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