JULY 11, 2017 – CHARLOTTE:  Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR), a Charlotte non-profit providing advocacy and legal representation services for children, is pleased to announce the election of John A. Fagg, Jr. as president of the Council’s Board of Directors.  Fagg, an attorney with Moore & Van Allen PLLC (MVA), will serve an 12-month term which began July 1, 2017.

“John has immersed himself in service to our community’s children as CFCR’s President-elect, Chair of the Board Governance Committee, and an active member of the Finance Committee, the Fund Development Committee, and the Policy Committee,” said Bob Simmons, CFCR executive director, “so he enters his term as President with a deep understanding of the needs of the children we serve and a strong commitment to assuring the execution of our mission to achieve our vision. This is serious work that John approaches with humility and a sense of humor, inspiring the Board and the Staff to pull together eagerly and with great optimism for what we can accomplish.”

Fagg, who joined the CFCR Board in 2014, is a partner in Moore & Van Allen’s Litigation Group and co-head of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense, Regulatory Defense and Investigations practice.   In addition to his extensive litigation experience in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, he also has an active pro bono practice in which he represents indigent defendants in federal criminal cases.

His deep commitment to pro bono and community service has earned him a number of awards and recognitions.  He received the 2015 Individual Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from Legal Aid of North Carolina-Charlotte and since 2010 has been a leader and coordinator of the MVA Housing Rights Project in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina, a program that enables attorney volunteers to help tenants in Charlotte avoid homelessness and secure safe, habitable homes.

Fagg earned his law degree from Wake Forest University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Elizabeth and their children Robert and Sally.

About Council for Children’s Rights:

The Council for Children’s Rights (CFCR) is one of the most comprehensive advocacy and legal services programs for children in North Carolina. In our pursuit of solutions to the complex issues affecting children, we are committed to the premise that every child has the fundamental right to be safe, healthy and educated. We do that through individual advocacy, legal representation and addressing broad, community-wide issues through research and policy work.  For more information on the Council please contact LuAnn Ritsema, Director of Communication, 704-943-9611 or luann@cfcrights or visit our web site at


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