November 17, 2023 — Hedrick Gardner is thrilled to announce that Judge Linda Stephens from our Raleigh office has been honored with the prestigious Distinguished Honors Alumni Award from the University of South Carolina. This recognition stands as the highest honor bestowed upon graduates by the esteemed institution.

Judge Stephens, during her time at the University of South Carolina, exhibited exemplary dedication and achievement as a member of the South Carolina Honors College and Phi Beta Kappa. Her outstanding contributions were further acknowledged with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the USC Woman of the Year distinction. With an illustrious legal career spanning over four decades, Judge Stephens has left an indelible mark, having served 11 years as an N.C. Court of Appeals Judge, four years as Deputy Commissioner at the N.C. Industrial Commission, and over 20 years in private practice.

The University of South Carolina Honors College recently hosted its annual Honors Homecoming Brunch & Alumni Award ceremony, inviting Honors alumni to return to their alma mater. At this heartwarming event, Judge Linda Stephens was presented with the Distinguished Honors Alumni Award, recognizing her exceptional achievements and commitment to excellence. The ceremony, attended by alumni and guests, offered an opportunity for attendees to enjoy a delightful brunch, reconnect with former classmates, and celebrate the accomplishments of the University’s distinguished alumni.

Hedrick Gardner congratulates Judge Linda Stephens on this well-deserved honor, highlighting her remarkable contributions to our community, the legal profession, and her enduring commitment to excellence. We take pride in having such an esteemed professional as part of our team, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations on this significant achievement.

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