Ferguson Chambers & Sumter: James E. Ferguson II (civil rights law; criminal defense: general practice; criminal defense: white-collar; medical malpractice law – plaintiffs; personal injury litigation - plaintiffs, 1983) has been honored with The Charlotte Post Foundation’s Luminary – Lifetime Achievement award.
Ferguson is showcased as someone who championed civil rights and education equality in his award recognition, and he also helped create the first integrated law firm in North Carolina in the 1960s alongside partner Julius Chambers.
His path toward justice and law began in
In the 1970s, Ferguson tackled high-profile civil rights cases, which included the Charlotte Three and the Wilmington 10, the latter of which lasted over 40 years and ended with Governor Beverly Perdue granting a pardon of innocence to all 10 individuals. He also traveled to South Africa with other American attorneys in the height of apartheid to assist local lawyers and help sharpen their skills. Long-time friend E.M. “Butch” Rosen recalled that “[Ferguson] believed the law and the development of good lawyers
Friends and colleagues have remarked over the years on Ferguson’s ability to handle hostile judges, police, and national administration with dignity and a manner that inspired change. He aspires toward a society that treats everyone