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Justice Cheri Beasley Cheri Beasley
Associate Justice


Early Years

Born on February 14, 1966 to William James Beasley and Dr. Lou Beasley (both deceased).

Personal Information

Married to Curtis Owens, twin sons, Matthew and Thomas. Members of First Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Professional Background

  • Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina, 2012 – present
  • Associate Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2009 – 2012
  • District Court Judge, Twelfth Judicial District, Cumberland County, 1999 – 2008
  • Assistant Public Defender, Twelfth Judicial District, Cumberland County, 1994 – 1999
  • Business Law I Instructor, Fayetteville Technical Community College, 1995

Educational Background

  • The University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee, Juris Doctor, 1991
      Moot Court Board
      Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team
      ABA Student Division
      Student Bar Association
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, England, Summer 1990, earned six credits at the Summer Program in Law at Oxford sponsored by Florida State University School of Law
  • Rutgers University/Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics with concentrations in Accounting and Finance, 1988

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, 1993 – present
      Appellate Judges’ Conference, 2009 – present
      Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary, 2011 – 2012
  • National Bar Association, 1994 – present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, 1993 – present
      Appellate Rules Committee, 2013 – present
      Appellate Rules Section, 2013 – present
      Women in the Profession, 2012 – present
      Litigation Council, 2009 – 2011
  • North Carolina Bar Association Foundation
      Endowment Committee, 2011 – present
  • Henry Toll Fellow, Council on State Governments, 2012
  • North Carolina Association of District Court Judges, 1999 – 2008
  • Presenter, New Judges’ School for District Court Judges, “Judicial Philosophy” University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government, 2006 – 2007
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, 1994 – present
      Professional Standards Committee, 2006 – 2009
      Young Lawyers of Cumberland County, 1994 – 2000
  • North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, 1994 – present
      Board of Governors, 1996 – 1999
      Bar Relations Committee Chairperson, 1998 – 1999
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 1995 – present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996 – 1999
  • Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar, 2009 – present
  • Lecturer for Appellate Advocacy and Trial Advocacy classes
      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 2009 – present
      North Carolina Central University School of Law, 2009 – present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, (NITA) Faculty, Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2005 – 2007
  • Fayetteville Bench & Bar, Founder and First President, 1994
      Member, 1994 – present
  • Cumberland County Association of Defense Attorneys, 1994 – 1999
  • Capital City Lawyers Association, 1994 – 1996

Community Involvement

  • The Women’s Forum of North Carolina, 2007 – present
      Board of Directors, 2010 – 2012
  • Junior League of Raleigh, 2013 - present
  • Junior League of Fayetteville (former director), 1998 – 2013
  • NETWORTH, 2007 – 2010
  • Fayetteville State University Community Advisory Council, 2006 – 2010
  • Cape Fear Regional Theater, Board of Directors, 2004 – 2009
      Chair of Administrative Committee, 2005 – 2009
  • Women’s Center of Fayetteville, Board of Directors, 2005 – 2008
  • City of Fayetteville Zoning Commission, 1996 – 1997
  • Fayetteville Museum of Art Board of Trustees, 1998 – 2001
  • Assistant Girl Scout Leader, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1997
  • Tutor, First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1999 – 2004

Awards & Honors

  • Women of Justice Public Official Award, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Inductee, Rutgers University African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Justice, Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials and Advocates, 2013
  • Henry Toll Fellow, Council on State Governments, 2012
  • Presidential Award of Distinction for Public Service, General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Inc., 2011
  • Cobra Award of Excellence, Whites Creek High School Class of 1984, 25th Anniversary Reunion, 2009
  • Woman of Achievement, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina, 2009
 
 
   
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