In 1995, I began limiting my law practice to solely appellate work. I have since handled hundreds of appeals in the North Carolina Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. I am admitted to the United States Supreme Court, but it hears a very few cases and has yet to agree to grant any of the petitions that I have filed.
When the North Carolina State Bar created the Appellate Law specilization in 2011, I qualified and sat for the examination. As a result of passing that test and the other qualification requirements, I am a certified appellate specialist.
After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 1983, I married criminal defense attorney Eben Rawls and moved to Charlotte. I started my law practice by doing research and writing for other lawyers on a contract basis. After a few months, I went into partnership with another lawyer. I was primarily responsible for the writing projects in our office, such as drafting motions and briefs, whether the underlying case was mine or my partner's. My law practice was general trial work in the federal and state courts, handling civil and criminal trials, as well as representing parents and juveniles in the juvenile court system.
Hourly ($225-310/hour), Fixed (sometimes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Seymour Wurfel Award for editing and writing skills||UNC Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation||1983|
|Sole Practitioner||Leslie Carter Rawls, Attorney at Law||1985 - Present|
|Legal Studies Program Manager/Instructor||King's College--Charlotte||2003 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section||N/A||1984 - Present|
|Mecklenburg County Bar||N/A||1983 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||N/A||N/A|
|Rose v. Forester||Won; trial court was affirmed.|
|State v. Benardello||Won; trial court was reversed|
|U.S. v. Trent||Won; remand by agreement|
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|Lawyers as Peacemakers||Mindfulness Practice and Stress Reduction||2011|
|North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation||Probable Cause and Provisional Arrest||1983|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||International Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|2013 Parent Attorney Conference||Evidence: Keeping it Out and Getting it In||2013|
|Appellate Practice for the General Practitioner||Appellate Brief Writing and Oral Argument||2007|