Local lawyer is given highest honor

Dewey Wells, ’52, JD ‘54 was inducted Monday into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor for service to the state.

He is a lawyer at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC and has been doing volunteer work on nature conservation for more than 35 years, including 20 years on the board of the N.C. National Heritage Trust Fund. The fund decides what land to buy with taxpayer money by choosing among requests from state agencies.

Wells went to Wake Forest University for his bachelor’s and law degrees, back when the campus was in the town of Wake Forest. After graduating, he clerked for the N.C. Supreme Court. He later moved to Elizabeth City, where he was an attorney for 27 years. He then moved to Winston-Salem and Womble Carlyle, both for the career change and to be closer his mountain home.