Gwyneth B. Davis was a past president and board member of NCAWA.  She died in 1988, following a three-year fight with cancer.  In the time that she lived and worked in North Carolina, she served as a staff attorney with Legal Services of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem, and devoted her considerable energies and talents to founding the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association and working toward the objectives of NCAWA at both the state and local levels.  As Attorney Ellen Gerber, who was a founding member of NCAWA, described her, “Gwyn was my comrade in arms against the forces that would oppress women... The strongest image is of Gwyn the peacemaker... Gwyn always seemed the neutral party that could thread her way through the warring factions... Another one of Gwyn’s accomplishments was her work to improve the condition of women throughout North Carolina. Gwyn contributed an important effort to write and lobby for the passage of the state’s first equitable distribution law... She was unfailingly generous in her view of people... She cared deeply and had a great commitment to helping her clients. She also was dedicated to improving the lot of women in general and women attorneys...”

Each year, NCAWA presents the public service award in memory and honor of Gwyneth B. Davis, for the promotion of the participation of women attorneys in the legal profession and the rights of women under the law. 


Submission Deadline:  2021 Applications are due by 5 pm on August 1st, 2021



Gwyneth B. Davis 2020 Award Winner

2020 Betsy Martin
Betsy Martin is a Durham lawyer who is engaged in community action and passionate about providing
access to quality legal services. Betsy graduated from UNC LAW in 2002, worked at the Court of Appeals
and then as a civil litigator for a small firm in Raleigh. In the early days of her professional career, she
served as Government Action Chair for NCAWA and was integral in reinvigorating Wake Women
Attorneys. Betsy left full-time practice to stay home with her two boys, and as they grew, she on-
ramped back to practicing law with the support of the community of NCAWA sisters. She has been
practicing estate planning for a decade, offering services at a reasonable cost and at unusual times -
including evenings and weekends.  She has a robust pro bono practice and thrives on making clients
laugh while working together.  With a big heart and compassion for people and meeting their needs,
Betsy loves focusing her life on service.  When not working, you can find Betsy volunteering for the
YMCA, cycling around the Triangle, or hiking with her loyal hound dog.



Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award Winners

  • 2020 Betsy Martin
  • 2019 Ashley Huffstetler Campbell, Yolanda L. Taylor
  • 2018 Judge Christine Walczyk, Diane (Dee) Wallis
  • 2017 Judge Lori Christian, Kate Woomer-Deters
  • 2016 Beth Posner, Chris Brook, Julie Klipp Nicholson
  • 2015 Suzanne Chester
  • 2014 Justice Cherri Beasley, Leah Broker
  • 2013 Harriett Smalls
  • 2012 Lisa Grafstein
  • 2011 Susan M. (Smitty) Dotson-Smith
  • 2010 Barbara (Bonnie) B. Weyher
  • 2008 Justice Robin E. Hudson
  • 2007 Stella Boswell, Judge Joyce Hamilton, Sally H. Scherer
  • 2006 Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson
  • 2005 Robin L. Ames, Michelle Frances Robertson
  • 2004 Sorien K. Schmidt
  • 2003 Anne R. Slifkin
  • 2002 Senator Ellie Kinnaird, Anne Winner
  • 2001 Elizabeth F. Kuniholm
  • 2000 Hon. Catherine C. Eagles
  • 1999 E. Ann Christian
  • 1998 Bertha (Bea) Holt
  • 1997 Melinda Lawrence, Senator William Nelson Martin, Jennie Leake Hemrick
  • 1996 Rep. Eva Clayton, Hon. Linda McGee, Elaine Marshall, Suzanne Reynolds
  • 1995 Marcia H. Armstrong, Lynn Burleson, Allyson Duncan
  • 1994 Hon. Janice McKenzie Cole, Jane Madden, Ellen Gelbin
  • 1993 Dorothy Bernholz, Sharon Parker, Kathryn Jones-Cooper
  • 1992 Hon. Patricia Love, Hon. Jacqueline Morris-Goodson
  • 1991 Brenda Campbell, Mary Wright
  • 1990 Ann C. Barnes, Charlotte Brody, Anne Mackie
  • 1989 Russell Walker, Judith Wegner
  • 1988 Mary Margaret Flynn, Pamela Gann, James B. McMillan
  • 1987 Hon. Jane Harper, Pam Silberman, Sharon Thompson
  • 1986 Gwyneth B. Davis, Annie Brown Kennedy, Hon. Sarah Parker
  • 1985 Brenda McGhee, Sue Perry, Leslie Winner
  • 1984 J. Ray Elinburg, James B. Hunt, Carol Spruill, Wilma Woodard
  • 1983 Katharine Robinson Everett, Elreta Alexander Ralston, Carolyn McAllaster
  • 1982 Ruth Easterling, Karen Galloway, Rachel Gray, Jane Patterson, Ellen Gerber
  • 1981 Meyressa Schoonmaker, Carolyn McAllaster