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Chancellor Charles L. BectonCHARLES L. BECTON serves as interim chancellor at Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, N.C. He began his appointment in July 1, 2013.

Becton received his B.A. degree from Howard University, his J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law and his L.L.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law. For nine years, 1981-1990, he was a judge in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and in 1985 he was named North Carolina Appellate Judge of the Year. Becton practiced law with Chambers, Stein, Ferguson and Becton and with Becton, Slifkin & Bell.

Becton has been included in The Best Lawyers of America since 1993, and he is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Attorneys, and the International Society of Barristers. He was president of the North Carolina Bar Association, president of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers and president of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.

Becton was the Charles Hamilton Houston Chaired Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University Law School in 2010 and served as the John Scott Cansler Lecturer at the University of North Carolina School of Law and a visiting professor of the Practice at Duke University Law School. He has taught and lectured at trial advocacy skills institutes across the U.S., in Canada and in the Republic of South Africa.

Becton was one of 10 attorneys selected to demonstrate trial advocacy skills on an ATLA/ABA/NITA video series, "Winning at Trial," in 1986; one of 12 attorneys selected to demonstrate cross-examination skills on an ABA/NITA video project, "Mastering the Art of Cross Examination," in 1986; one of eight attorneys selected to demonstrate trial advocacy skills on an ATLA Video Series "Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit," in 1993; and one of a select number of attorneys to demonstrate trial advocacy skills at the American Folklife Festival in 1986.

Becton has received numerous awards, including three national trial advocacy teaching awards. He has received several other honors, including the North Carolina Association of Educators "Excellence in Equity" Award in 1990, the South Carolina Trial Jury Foundation's Distinguished Service Award in 1995, the American Bar Association's Torts and Insurance Practice Section's Pursuit of Justice Award in 2006. In May 2006, Becton was the first recipient of The Advocate's Award from the North Carolina Bar Association's Litigation Section, and in October 2006, he was appointed to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission.

Becton is married to former Administrative Law Judge Brenda Becton, and they have three children--Nicole, Kevin, and Michelle.