New Members: Lisa Miles and Craig Brown

CraigBrownLisa Miles

Lisa Miles is born and bred in North Carolina; originally from Graham, she earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at UNC-G before attending Campbell University School of Law.
Lisa has worked as a criminal defense attorney since 1991. For the past eight years, she has dedicated herself almost exclusively to death penalty litigation, representing death row inmates in both pre-trial and post-conviction scenarios. Lisa previously worked for the state, then last year opened her own private practice in an office on Broad Street. Lisa and her husband Mark are passionate Durham-ites who live just on the outskirts of downtown. In their free time, the couple enjoys horseback riding, fine dining, and travelling together.

Judge Craig Brown

1)   Early Life

a)   Born in Iowa City, Iowa

b)   1979, B. A. , Political Science, UNC CH

c)   1983, J.D. , UNC

d)   1983, Masters Degree in Public Policy, Duke University

e)   1983 – 1996 Practiced law in Durham

f)    1984 – Lost his sight

g)   1985 – NC Lawyer of the Year Award (for his work in establishing TROSA)

h)   1996 – Governor James B. Hunt appointed him to the District Court Bench

i)     2008 – Retired from the bench for medical reasons

2)   Author

a)   Blind Justice, 2009

b)   A Fork in the Road, 2011

3)   Awards

a)   US Senate Youth Scholar – William Randolph Hearst Foundation (2 from each state)

b)   UNC Chancellor’s Award

c)   Visionary Leadership Award for the development of a comprehensive truancy court system for elementary, middle and high school, Durham Public Schools, Ella B. Spaulding Mediation Center

4)   Politics

a)   Safety Patrol Captain in 5th Grade

b)   Ran for SBP @ UNCCH (lost)

c)   District Court Judge

5)   Craig is a legacy Member – his Dad was an active member of this Rotary club for many years

Brown Family Scholarship @ TCF Benefitting Emily K Center



  1. […] In what may be the end of the tradition that began during Don Stanger’s presidency, Judge Craig Brown provided what may be the final Rotary Minute. Judge Brown spoke of the history of his family with Rotary and how the Craig Family Scholarship came about. When Judge Brown was inducted in 2014 he gave us an outline of his career that you can read here. […]

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