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James M. Talley, Jr. commemorates 50th year of practicing law


Horack Talley managing member, Clayton S. “Smithy” Curry, Jr., today congratulated James M. (Jim) Talley, Jr. on achieving his 50th year of practicing law. 

Jim will be recognized for achieving this milestone at the NC State Bar 50 Year Lawyer Luncheon in Raleigh on October 23, 2014.

Admitted to the bar in 1964, Jim concentrates his practice in the field of Commercial Real Estate which has involved hotel, office and multi-family development, historic rehabilitation, and management groups connected with all of the foregoing types of commercial and multi-family operations.  These endeavors resulted in the undertaking of various pursuits for his clients, including equity financing, syndicated ventures, and a variety of forms of pooling arrangements, as well as land use planning and documentation to effect successful development and operational projects.

Jim’s years of service include active involvement with the legal profession serving as President of the North Carolina Bar Association and Co-President of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents;  the chairing of a number of committees, task forces and programs for the North Carolina Bar Association, beginning with being chair of the Young Lawyers division and continuing service on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors and chairmanship of the Building Committee which was responsible for the planning, financing and construction of the 50,000 square foot Bar Center in Cary, NC. 

Much of Jim’s spare time has been devoted to the legal services community in North Carolina, planning, implementing and managing the delivery of legal services for the poor by both volunteer lawyers and staff legal services lawyers.  This involvement is reflected in his tenure as President and member of the Board of the Directors of Legal Services of North Carolina, President and member of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, chair of the task force on Delivery of Legal Services, member of the North Carolina Commission on Delivery of Legal Services, and member of the Access to Justice Commission.

Active in the Charlotte community, Jim has been a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Myers Park United Methodist Church.  He has served as a board member and Vice President of the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer Association, founding member of the Board of Directors of the USS Charlotte Foundation, board member and officer of Supportive Housing Communities and Mecklenburg County co-chair of the Centennial Campaign for the North Carolina Bar Foundation.  Jim's statewide activities have included membership on the Board of Directors of the University of North Carolina Law Alumni Association, co-chair of the annual Access to Justice Campaign, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina State Bar Plan for Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA).

Jim received his B.S. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1959, followed by active duty service as a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve for two and one-half years in Argentia, Newfoundland. Upon completion of his active duty tour, Jim entered the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

He received his juris doctor (with honors) in 1964 and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar the same year.



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