Former Associate Justice Willis Whichard and Raleigh attorney Scott Miskimon were presented with Friend of the Court awards for their service to the Judicial Branch and work on the Supreme Court’s bicentennial exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley presented the Supreme Court’s highest awards at the exhibit’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 14.
“Justice Whichard was the visionary who assembled an incredible team that designed and created this extraordinary exhibit currently on display at the Museum of History,” said Chief Justice Beasley. “I am deeply grateful for his work and Mr. Miskimon’s insight and steadfast commitment in making the Supreme Court exhibit a meaningful reflection on the Court’s history.”
Justice Whichard led the effort to create the Supreme Court of North Carolina exhibit, Law and Justice: The Supreme Court of North Carolina, 1819-2019. This exhibit is a high-profile representation of the Supreme Court’s bicentennial celebration. Justice Whichard served on the Court from 1986 to 1998 and is the only person to ever serve in both houses of the General Assembly and on both of North Carolina’s appellate courts.
Miskimon is a partner with the law firm Smith Anderson in Raleigh and was the curator for the Supreme Court’s exhibit. Miskimon was instrumental in the research, writing, and design decisions of the exhibit currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of History.