Wake Forest University awarded James Walter Mason an honorary doctor of laws degree during the university’s commencement ceremony on May 20.
Mason, who earned a Wake Forest law degree in 1938, is respected for serving his profession and home state. Mason built a successful law practice in his hometown of Laurinburg and has often described himself as merely a “country lawyer.”
His professional contributions include a membership on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association and serving as chairman of the North Carolina State Bar’s membership committee.
Mason also represented the 18th senatorial district in the North Carolina State Senate and served on the highway commission.
Mason has maintained a long relationship with Wake Forest. He serves on the law school’s board of visitors and established a scholarship for law school students.
He spent several terms on the university’s Board of Trustees and was appointed a lifetime member. In 1980, Wake Forest awarded Mason its highest honor, the Medallion of Merit.
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