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SPRING HOPE — A lawyer who has been representing Spring Hope for 20 years has been tapped to serve as chairman of an important statewide committee.
Mark Edwards, the town’s attorney since October 2000, is now also the chairman of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Elder Law and Special Needs Section.
Association President LeAnn Nease Brown said Edwards will lead a council of 25 elder law attorneys in addressing issues, working with state and federal public officials and educating fellow attorneys about elder and special needs law.
“I am humbled to be able to help in this process,” Edwards said, adding that because elder law is continually developing, the elder law bar plays a vital role in helping policymakers understand how changes in federal and state laws and regulations affect clients.
Elder law developed as a separate area of practice in the 1990s.
“I am so fortunate to have participated in one of the first and most prominent elder law clinics when I attended Wake Forest Law School,” Edwards said.
The bar association is a voluntary professional organization not to be confused with the North Carolina State Bar, a government agency with regulatory authority.
Edwards is a 1990 drum major and Southern Nash High School graduate who attended Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law.
A member of Lakeside Baptist Church, Edwards serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tar River Region and Union Mission of Roanoke Rapids. He is in his sixth term as chairman of the Nash County Republican Party.
Edwards said his greatest satisfaction comes from serving his clients in Nash County, which he has been doing his entire legal career.
Edwards is a partner in the law firm of Fields & Cooper, which has offices in Nashville and Rocky Mount.
Edwards lives in Nashville with his wife, the Rev. Elizabeth Edwards, and their two sons. Edwards is the son of Wallace and Martha Edwards of Spring Hope.