The John Locke Foundation
Cordially invites you to

Shaftesbury Society Luncheon

with our special guest

Mike Leonard

- Attorney at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice

Working With Willing Sellers To Achieve Land Conservation In North Carolina

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Monday, December 03, 2012
12:00 p.m.

The John Locke Foundation, 200 W Morgan St. ,Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601

Price: $10.00

Mr. Leonard will discuss the purchase of conservation easements and land from willing sellers (a significant number of whom are willing to sell at below market value) as a means of protecting natural and historic sites pursuant to the policy set out in Article XIV, Section 5 of the N.C. Constitution. As a part of this lecture, he will discuss how private funding from donors has played a major role during the past 80 years in assisting the State of N.C. in such efforts.


Mike Leonard is a ninth-generation North Carolinian, who earned his undergraduate degree in English and History from UNC-Chapel Hill and his JD degree (Order of the Coif) from UNC-Chapel Hill Law School. He has practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama (1978-1986) and has worked at Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, and Rice in Winston-Salem since 1988. There, he works defending corporations in nationwide products liability litigation. He has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Mass Tort Litigation (2007-2012).

Leonard has been recognized for his conservation work. Awards include the Malcolm Stewart Conservationist of the Year Award from the Alabama Conservancy; the Oak Leaf Award (the highest national volunteer award given by the Nature Conservancy; the Sol Feinstone Environmental Award from State University of New York-Rochester; Chevron Conservation Award, presented at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.; and the President’s Award from the National Association of State Parks Directors for his efforts in protecting Chimney Rock and other North Carolina State Parks.

Recent awards are the Fred Stanback Volunteer of the Year Award from the Land Trust Council of North Carolina, the North Carolina Award for Public Service—the highest such award granted to civilians by the State of North Carolina. In 2012, he also received the Conservationist of the Year Award from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation.

Leonard has served on various conservation boards. They include Alabama Trails Association, Georgia Pinhoti Trail Organization, and Bethania Historic Property Owners Association—all organizations that he helped found. He has served on the Board of Visitors for the North Carolina Institute For The Environment (previously the Carolina Environmental Program), and on the Alabama Scenic Byways Commission (appointed by Governor of Alabama). He is also on the Board of Directors for the Conservation Fund, as a Trustee for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund, on the Advisory Committee for George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and on the Board of Directors for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.

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