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Chief Justice Sarah Parker Sarah Parker
Chief Justice

Date of Birth: August 23, 1942
Place of Birth: Charlotte, North Carolina

Early Years

Born in Charlotte on August 23, 1942, to Augustus and Zola Elizabeth Smith Parker (deceased).

Personal Information

Member, Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte.

Educational Background

Garinger High School, Charlotte, 1960; Meredith College, 1960-1962; B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill, 1964; J.D., UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, 1969; Institute of Judicial Administration Appellate Judges Seminar, 1987.

Professional Background

Chief Justice N.C. Supreme Court, February 1, 2006 to present; Associate Justice N.C. Supreme Court, 1993-January 31, 2006 (re-elected, November 5, 1996 and November 2, 2004); Judge N.C. Court of Appeals, 1985-1992 (appointed, December 28, 1984; elected, November 4, 1986; re-elected, November 6, 1990); Attorney in Private Practice, 1969-1984; Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, Ankara, Turkey, 1964-1966.

Professional and Community Activities

N.C. Bar Association (Vice President, 1987-88); American Bar Association; Wake County Bar Association; Mecklenburg County Bar (Secretary-Treasurer, 1982-1984; Executive Committee, 1976-1978); N.C. Association of Women Attorneys; National Association of Women Judges; Institute of Judicial Administration; Raleigh Executives Club; Womenís Forum of North Carolina; North Carolina International Womenís Forum; Womanís Club of Raleigh.

Boards And Commissions

Governorís Crime Commission; North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission; State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Former Member Board of Visitors, UNC-Chapel Hill; Former Member N.C. Courtsí Commission; Former Member, Advisory Council, N.C. Correctional Center for Women; Former Director, Charlotte YWCA.

Honors And Awards

Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award, N.C. Women Attorneys Association; Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award, 1997; General Federation of Womenís Clubs Woman of Achievement Award, 1997; honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Queens College, 1998; Judge of the Year, N.C. Women Attorneys Association, 2002; Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Distinguished Alumni Award University of North Carolina Law School, 2003; NC Association of Black County Officials Humanitarian Award, 2003; honorary Doctor of Laws Pheiffer University, 2006.

Political Activities

Past Member, Executive Committee, State Democratic Party; Mecklenburg County Democratic Womenís Club (President, 1973); Charlotte Womenís Political Caucus.

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