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Lawyers’ Association Honors Charlotte City Attorney
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Contact: Keith Richardson, 704-336-5865

The International Municipal Lawyers Association honored Charlotte City Attorney Mac McCarley with its highest honor during its annual conference in Chicago, the Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award.
The award, which is bestowed occasionally upon a truly uncommon individual, is meant to honor the recipient’s lifetime achievements in the field of municipal law and serves as a lasting commemorative to the life’s work of Charles S. Rhyne, who founded the IMLA.
“I am humbled to be recognized by my colleagues,” said McCarley. “And I am especially honored to receive this recognition for what has been, for me, a rewarding and fulfilling career in public service for the past 34 years.” 
“If ever there was anyone deserving of this award, it certainly is Mac McCarley,” said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. “His admirable service over the years has certainly benefitted me, as well every mayor and elected official who has served since his tenure as Charlotte City Attorney began. And as a fellow lawyer, I congratulate him on this truly special honor bestowed upon him by his peers.”
McCarley’s nomination received an outpouring of support from fellow municipal lawyers and colleagues, which included Deputy Charlotte City Manager Ron Kimble; Ellis Hankins, Director of the NC League of Municipalities; Durham City Attorney Patrick Baker; and Robert Ritchie, General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
McCarley, a Greensboro native, has been the Charlotte City Attorney since 1994. Prior to his current position, he served as the City Attorney for the City of Greenville from 1981 to 1994. He began his public service career with the North Carolina League of Municipalities in 1977. He has served as president of both the IMLA and the North Carolina Municipal Attorneys Association.
McCarley earned a bachelor’s in religion and a juris doctorate from University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.  He will retire as the City’s lead attorney in December 2011. 

Since 1935, IMLA has served as a national, and now international, clearinghouse of legal information and cooperation on municipal legal matters. Its mission is to advance the responsible development of municipal law through education and advocacy, through cutting-edge programming, legal research, professional publications, and by submitting amicus curiae briefs that advance the collective viewpoint of local governments around the country on legal issues before the United States Supreme Court, in the United States Courts of Appeals and in state supreme and appellate courts.