Board of Directors

Ron Link is Chair of NCICL and is the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at UNC School of Law. He served as the Acting Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at UNC School of Law. He is a member of the scholastic honorary societies of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Order of the Coif. Formerly he was an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and Chair of the Trusts Drafting Committee of the NC General Statutes Commission.


Christine Mumma is Vice-Chair of NCICL and is executive director of The N.C. Center on Actual Innocence, which coordinates the work of Innocence Projects® at each of North Carolina's seven law schools.  Ms. Mumma is an adjunct professor at UNC’s School of Law, where she teaches “Wrongful Convictions” and previously taught in the research and writing program.  She received Business Leader Magazine’s 2008 Pro Bono Impact Award, was named “2007 Tar Heel of the Year” by the Raleigh News & Observer, and was awarded North Carolina’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2006.  She also serves on the boards of Fair Trial Initiative, NC Prisoner Legal Services, American Judicature Society, Durham Academy, and UNC Law School.


Bill Graham received an A.B. degree in Economics from Duke University and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia. He was formerly a member of the Trinity Board of Visitors and a Director of the Duke Alumni Assocaition. He has served as a Superior Court Judge, Trustee for Wake Technical Community College, Chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Elections and as NC Commissioner of Banks. He was the first Chair of NCICL and served until August 2008 and was Managing Director from September 2007 until August 2008.  Long active in politics he has been Forsyth County Chairman, NC Bush/Quayle Chairman (1988), was an Alternate Delegate (1968) and Delegate (1988 and 1992) to the Republican National Convention, and was a Presidential Elector in 1996. Graham practices law in Winston-Salem.


I. Beverly Lake, Jr. is a former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He was a Military Intelligence Staff Officer, active duty and reserve, 1956 – 1968. After he earned his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1960, he entered into private practice. Lake was Assistant and Deputy Attorney General, State of North Carolina from 1969-1976 and served as a State Senator from 1976 – 1980. Before being appointed to the North Carolina Superior Court in November 1985, Lake served as Governor Jim Martin’s Legislative Liaison. Lake was elected to a regular term as Associate Justice on the State Supreme Court in 1994 and was elected as the court's Chief Justice in 2000. He retired from the Court in 2006.


William Frank Maready, born September 13, 1932, Zion, SC, grew up on a farm in Onslow County near Jacksonville, NC, where his parents were tenant farmers until they managed to buy their own farm. He graduated Jacksonville High School, 1950, as salutatorian of his class. He attended NC State from 1950 to 1952 and lettered in track. In 1952, he served in the US Army as a Paratrooper. Following that, from 1953 to 1954, he was a member of the first unit of the Special Forces (Green Berets). He also served in Europe and had a wide variety of experiences in the first behind-the-lines unit of the army. Maready was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and finished his Bachelor’s degree at UNC Chapel Hill in 1956 with high honors. He continued his studies at UNC School of Law from 1955 to 1958, where he graduated with High Honors with his Juris Doctor. He was Associate Editor of the law review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  Maready worked in a Wall Street law firm from 1958 to 1960 (the same one Richard Nixon later joined before his election and before his embarrassment. He practiced law in Winston Salem from 1960 until his retirement in 2005.

He was Chairman of the Board of the Winston Salem Forsyth County Board of Education 1968 to 1970. He has been actively involved in the leadership of the NC Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In 2000, he was the first recipient of the John S. Locke Society Freedom Award and has been a life-long member of the NC Parent Teacher Association. His wife, Brenda, is the co-owner of the Monkees organization of ladies stores--now with 22 stores across the southeast. They have five great children: Mike, a Delta captain; Cathy, an Interior Designer; Hunter, a designer of electronic wire systems; Bren, Vice President of Monkees; and Wil, a Financial Analyst. He is also a pilot, instrument and commercially rated.