RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Womble Carlyle attorney Charles Holton has been appointed to a three-year term on the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission. Holton was appointed to the Commission by North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin.

The mission of the Commission is to expand access to civil legal representation for people of low income and modest means in North Carolina. The 25-member Commission was structured to include representative stakeholders from across the state, to reflect the diversity of ethnic, gender, legal, and geographic communities of North Carolina and to be chaired by the Chief Justice. Commission members included representatives of the judiciary, legal aid programs, law schools, general public, state government, philanthropic organizations, business communities, and client communities, as well as practicing lawyers.

Holton is known for his long-standing devotion to pro bono service to the community’s most vulnerable citizens. He serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of North Carolina, and is a past Board Chair. He also is the Director of the Civil Justice Clinic at Duke University School of Law. The North Carolina Bar Association named Holton its 2013 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. He also serves as President of the Caris Foundation, a non-profit organization providing education, housing and health services in Durham, N.C. and Honduras.

Charles Holton concentrates his practice in handling sophisticated healthcare litigation matters including products liability defense involving pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and medical malpractice defense for major medical centers. He is also experienced in handling complex construction litigation and arbitration matters, as well as construction contracting. He practices in Womble Carlyle’s Research Triangle Park office.