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11/8/17 Bar Luncheon

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Date(s) - 11/08/2017
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

The Venue


At the November 8th Bar Luncheon program, the Bar will honor our members who have served in the armed forces. The luncheon takes place at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street in downtown Asheville. Lunch is free for members and $20 for guests, and no RSVP is required. We have room for 90 people to eat lunch, but the members are always invited to join us for the meeting.

Our program speaker, Mr. Cal Cunningham, is Vice President, General Counsel of WasteZero, Inc., a nationally-recognized environmental services and waste reduction company based in Raleigh.  He is also an attorney with the Law Offices of J. Calvin Cunningham and serves as general counsel to a real estate development firm.

Among other civic involvements, Cal is chairman of the Exploris School Foundation, a foundation that supports an award-winning charter school in downtown Raleigh.  He served for twelve years as a Trustee of Davidson County Community College and as an ex officio member of the UNC Board of Trustees.  As an elected member of the North Carolina Senate (representing Davidson, Rowan and Iredell Counties), he served as Vice Chairman of the Judiciary (I) Committee and on the Education Appropriations, Policy and Oversight Committees.

Cal serves as a Judge Advocate in the US Army Reserve (rank of Major) and is a veteran of campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He is currently assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School where, among other duties, he helps train Special Operations Forces on the Law of Armed Conflict and Military Justice.  He has been recognized for his military service with awards that include the Bronze Star Medal and General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.  In 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan with a Special Operations Task Force.  From 2007 to 2008, he served at the Multi-National Corps-Iraq.

Cal was recently named Vice Chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission by Governor Roy Cooper, after being appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives.  He has worked with law enforcement in a number of capacities: as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, as a trial counsel for the U.S. Army and as an interagency attorney fighting contractor fraud overseas.  He started his legal career working under a Crime Commission domestic violence grant in the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to a Juris Doctor from UNC Law, Cal’s education includes a Master of Science from the London School of Economics.  He also holds a Bachelor degree with Honors from UNC-Chapel Hill.   At UNC he served as the Student Body President and later as the Chief Justice of the Student Supreme Court.

Cal’s wife Elizabeth works in the field of education policy and law, and they have two high school-aged children, Caroline and Will.