Born in DeKalb County, Georgia in 1952, Robin E. Hudson moved to Greensboro, NC with her family in 1966.
Married, with two grown children, both second grade teachers, and one granddaughter.
Graduate of Page Senior High School, Greensboro, 1969. Graduated from Yale University in 1973 with a BA degree in philosophy and psychology. Received J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1976.
Admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1976 and practiced law in Raleigh and Durham until elected to the Court of Appeals in November 2000. She is the first North Carolina woman elected to the appellate court division without having been appointed first. She served on the NC Court of Appeals from January 2001 through December 2006. During that time, she helped organize and coordinate the Court of Appeals voluntary mediation program. She was elected to the Supreme Court and began her first 8-year term in January 2007. In 2014, she was re-elected to her current term, which runs through 2022.
Except for 3 years as assistant appellant defender in the mid 1980's, Justice Hudson practiced law in the private sector and handled a variety of trials and appeals, but concentrated on workers' compensation and tort litigation, with particular emphasis on occupational disease and products liability, as well as criminal law. She practiced extensively before the Industrial Commission, as well as in all levels of State and Federal courts. From 1994 until she began serving on the Court of Appeals, she was certified to mediate cases from Superior Court and the Industrial Commission.
Member of the steering committee that founded the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys in 1978; member Wake Women Attorneys. Member of the North Carolina Bar Association since 1978, Vice President 2004-2005; Litigation Section Council mid-2000s; Appellate Rules Committee since 2001; Bench Bar Liaison Committee since mid-2000s; Wake County Bar Association, 1977-present; Member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now NC Advocates for Justice), 1978 2001; Member Board of Governors 1993-1999; Chair Workers' Compensation Section 1993-1998; Presenter at numerous Continuing Legal Education programs.
Member National Association of Women Judges; American Bar Association Appellate Judges Conference. North Carolina Judicial Conference, Treasurer since 2002.
Rotary Club of Raleigh, Member since 2005.
Sir Walter Cabinet, Life Member; member various community organizations.
Member, Women's Forum of North Carolina since 2001, Board member and Secretary 2004-05, President 2009.
Boards And Commissions
Appointed by Chief Justice to Family Court Advisory Committee, reappointed every three years since 2001.
Appointed to the NC Industrial Commission Advisory Council in 1994 and served until December 2000.
Appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., as chair of the NC OSHA Review Board, 1994 99. Reappointed to board 1999, resigned upon joining the Court of Appeals.
Awards And Honors
2008 - North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Gwyneth B. Davis Award for Public Service;
2006 - General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Women of Achievement Award;
2005 - Association of Business Women of America, Gold Leaf Chapter, Voices of Experience Recognition;
2004 - North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (now Advocates for Justice), Outstanding Appellate Judge Award
Hiking, running, reading, cooking, gardening, and traveling with family.