Crawford H. Cleveland III

Crawford H. Cleveland III

Assistant General Counsel

Crawford currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for Appalachian State University where he joined the Office of General Counsel in April of 2019. His primary areas of practice for the University are litigation, matters involving Student Affairs and Student Conduct, Title IX, construction law and real property matters, and utility law for New River Light & Power. Prior to this position, he was a partner with di Santi, Watson, Capua, Wilson & Garrett, PLLC in Boone, North Carolina. He has experience in general civil litigation and has served as a County Attorney for Watauga County while he was with the firm.  In addition, he also has in-house counsel experience with a large construction company in Louisiana from his time in New Orleans. 

As the President of the 35th Judicial District Bar for the 2021-2022 term, Crawford believes in service to fellow attorneys and to the public. He was appointed by the State Bar Council to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program beginning in 2020 for a three-year term. In the past, he has held the office of President of the Watauga County Bar Association and particularly enjoys his engagement with the local legal community. 

In the High Country, Crawford has served on boards and in leadership positions both in Boone and Blowing Rock. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Brynn, and their two boys. They like to ski, hike, and do just about anything together outside during the four seasons. 

 

EXPERIENCE

Education

  • The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee – B.A. English 
  • Charlotte School of Law, North Carolina – Juris Doctor

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Memberships

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
  • 35th Judicial District Bar, President 2021-2022
  • Watauga County Bar Association, President 2018-2019
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • University of North Carolina System Attorneys Group

Community Service

  • NC Lawyer Assistance Program, Board of Directors Vice Chair 2020-2023
  • NC LAP Foundation, Board of Directors 2020-2023 
  • Appalachian Ski Mountain, Ski Patrol Candidate 2021-2022
  • St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, Blowing Rock, Vestry 2018-2020
  • Watauga County Children’s Council, Board of Directors 2016-2019
  • Boone Sunrise Rotary 2016-2018

Practice Groups

  • Higher Education
  • Litigation
  • Real Property
  • Student Affairs
  • Transactional
  • Utility and Energy

Meghan Wills

Meghan Wills

Assistant General Counsel

Meghan started as Assistant General Counsel for Appalachian State University in
August of 2021. Her primary areas of practice for the University are Public Records
Requests, Policy, and advising the University’s Academy at Middle Fork. She came from
the Watauga County District Attorney’s Office where she served as Assistant District
Attorney. Prior to the District Attorney’s Office, Meghan worked in private practice. She
has worked on a variety of matters including litigation, personal injury, and contract
disputes. Meghan received her Bachelor of Arts from Bridgewater College in 2013, and
her Juris Doctor from the Elon University School of Law in 2015. She is very active in the
Watauga County Bar Association, serving as Treasurer, and enjoys family adventures
with her husband and two children.

EXPERIENCE

Education

  • Elon University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Bridgewater College, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 35th Judicial District Bar
  • Watauga County Bar Association

Practice Groups

  • Higher Education
  • Public Records
  • Laboratory School
  • Litigation
  • Student Affairs
  • Athletics
  • Transactional

Melissa Blocker

Paul A. Meggett

Melissa Blocker

Paralegal

Melissa Blocker began working as a Paralegal in the Office of General Counsel in March 2020. Before joining Appalachian State, she worked in a criminal defense law firm, assisting with numerous and various types of criminal matters. Melissa has worked in several facets of the legal field, including as a Mediator, certified by the Dispute Resolution Commission of North Carolina, wherein she successfully mediated many cases involving domestic, juvenile, civil, and criminal law issues. Melissa also served as Program Coordinator in the 24th Judicial District of North Carolina, for the Sentencing Services Program, which is organized under the Office of Indigent Defense Services of North Carolina, wherein she developed and helped implement many incarceration diversion plan(s) and other sentencing and rehabilitation options. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State (Bachelor of Science in Political Science, magna cum laude) and her Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology from Caldwell Community College. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association Paralegal and criminal law sections. Melissa is involved in the community with school sports programs, particularly basketball with her son and husband. She loves to camp (or glamp in an RV) with her family, attend Appalachian Basketball games, and is proud to be a part of the Appalachian community.

EXPERIENCE

Education

  • Appalachian State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science (magna cum laude), 2000
  • Caldwell Community College, Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Technology, 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • NC Bar Association Paralegal and criminal law sections
  • Association of College and University Policy Administrators
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers

Practice Groups

  • Higher Education
  • Litigation (eDiscovery, Torts, Workers’ Compensation)
  • Real Property
  • Transactional
  • University Governance

Lane Moody

Paul A. Meggett

Lane Moody

Paralegal

Lane began working as a Paralegal in the Office of General Counsel in February of 2022.  Before coming to Appalachian State, Lane served in a variety of capacities within the Town of Boone.  Including Public Works Program Coordinator, Downtown Development Coordinator, Main Street Director, and oversaw parking operations in Downtown Boone.  She also served on a wide variety of boards and Committees throughout the community. In 2020, Lane was awarded a “4 under 40” award by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce in the category of  Non-Profit Business Professional for her work with the Downtown Boone Development Association. Lane graduated from Appalachian State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in both Marketing and Management.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.  She is grateful to be back at her beloved alma mater.

EXPERIENCE

Education

  • Appalachian State University, Class of 2005

Practice Groups

  • Athletics
  • Higher Education
  • Labor and Employment
  • Real Property
  • Student Affairs
  • Transactional
  • Utility and Energy
  • University Governance

Wendy Hildebran

Paul A. Meggett

Wendy Hildebran

Administrative Assistant/Paralegal

Wendy started working part-time for the Office of General Counsel in July of 2021.  Previously, she worked in Beaufort, NC for Wheatly, Weeks, Nobles and Weeks, PA as a real property paralegal and paralegal to the attorney for Carteret County and the Town of Beaufort.  Later, she served as Paralegal to the Vice-President and General Counsel of General Dynamics Advanced Technology Systems where she assisted with drafting and review of incoming and outgoing proprietary information agreements and government contract review.  She also assisted with government defense contractor ethics training.  In 2002, she moved to Blowing Rock and has worked for the Watauga, Burke, and Caldwell County Library systems.  She now lives in Lenoir with her husband, Scott, and two cats.  In her spare time, she enjoys endurance running, horseback riding, and reading.

EXPERIENCE

Education

  • North Carolina State University, B.A. Political Science; Minor English Literature
  • Meredith College, Paralegal Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Real Property Law

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Paralegal Associaion (NCPLA)

Practice Groups

  • Public Records
  • Litigation (eDiscovery, Torts, Workers’ Compensation)
  • Real Property
  • Transactional
  • University Governance