Born in Charlotte on August 23, 1942, to Augustus and Zola Elizabeth Smith Parker (deceased).
Member, Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte.
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.
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.
Past Member, Executive Committee, State Democratic Party; Mecklenburg County Democratic Womenís Club (President, 1973); Charlotte Womenís Political Caucus.