Brooks Pierce partner Wade Hargrove was honored on October 28, 2009 with a surprise ceremony announcing the establishment of an annual media law colloquium in his honor at the University of North Carolina. More than $200,000 was raised for the "Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium" by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, the North Carolina Cable Telecommunications Association, the Hearst Corporation, and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation. Other contributors include ABC Television Affiliates Association, Capitol Communications and Fox Television Affiliates Association.
Wade has served as NCAB executive director and general counsel for more than 39 years, NCCTA general counsel for 30 years, and Hearst Communications regulatory counsel for 20 years.
The Hargrove Colloquium will attract prominent figures from the media industry, law and government to deliver high-profile public lectures and interact with students and faculty.
Dean Jean Folkerts of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications emceed the event, and Carl Venters, Jack Stanley, Mark Prak, and David Barrett shared remarks on working with Wade.