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Judge Linda M. McGee Judge
Linda M. McGee

Early Years

Born in Marion, McDowell County, NC.

Personal Information

Married to B. Gary McGee. They have two children.

Educational Background

Marion High School, 1967; UNC-Chapel Hill, BA, 1971; UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, JD, 1973.

Professional Background

  • Judge McGee was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1995 by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. She was elected to an eight year term in 1996 and re-elected in 2004.
  • She practiced law in the law firm of di Santi, Watson & McGee in Boone for 17 years
  • Judge McGee served as the first Executive Director of the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers from 1973 to 1978

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association: Public Education Committee, Appellate Judges Division, ABA Pro Bono Conference Host Committee, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • N.C. Bar Association: Co-Chair, Lawyers in Schools, Committee on Women in the Profession, Board of Governors, 1983-86, Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, CLE Committee, and frequent CLE Speaker, Nominating Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Legal Services Task Force, Task Force on Education, and Training of Lawyers in N.C.
  • N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers: Board of Governors, 1991-94, Local director, People's Law School program, 1991-94, Wade Evans Mock Trial Competition judge, CLE Speaker
  • N.C. Association of Women Attorneys: Charter member in 1978, Charter member and former chair of Judicial Division, Panelist on Women Judges Forum at all five law schools in our state, Former treasurer and Board of Directors member, CLE Speaker
  • N.C. Association of Black Attorneys
  • N.C. State Bar Legal Specialization Study Committee, Mandatory CLE Committee
  • N.C. Board of Law Examiners, 1986-93
  • N.C. Judicial Conference Committee on Laws and Regulations Affecting the Courts. Watauga County Bar Association: First woman president

Boards And Commissions

  • North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research
  • Custody and Visitation Mediation Advisory Committee
  • North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Committee, former member

Honors And Awards

  • 2004 Woman of Achievement Award, General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina
  • 2000 Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments
  • 1999 Outstanding Judge of the Year Award, Judicial Division of the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • 1996 Gwyneth B. Davis Service Award, N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • 1992 Pro Bono Service Award, N.C. Bar Association
  • 1982 Woman of the Year, Boone Business & Profession Women
  • 1980 State Young Career Woman of the Year, N.C. Business and Professional Women

Community Activities

  • Civic Education Consortium: Served as first Chair of the organization Board member
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Board of Trustees for nine years
  • Legal Services of North Carolina: Past board member, Access to Justice Campaign Committee
  • Legal Services of the Blue Ridge: Past president and past Board member
  • Moot Court competition judge for all five law schools in our state
  • UNC School of LawAlumni Board member, Extern Program, Mentor Program
  • N.C. Business and Professional Women: Past chair of PAC Study Committee
  • League of Women Voters of Wake County, Dare County
  • League of Women Voters of Watauga County: Past Board member
  • Blue Ridge Dispute Settlement Center: Co-founder and past Board member
  • OASIS, INC. (Opposing Abuse Through Service, Information and Shelter): Charter member and past vice chair
  • N.C. Women's Forum Member since 1977
  • Watauga County Council on Status of Women: Past Board member
  • Boone Business and Professional Women's Club: Past vice-president
  • Boone Chamber of Commerce: Past vice-president and past Board member
  • American Association of University Women: Past state parliamentarian, Past vice president, Watauga County branch
  • Watauga Opportunities, Inc.: Past Board member of sheltered workshop
  • New River Mental Health Center Advisory Council
  • Region D Human Services Advisory Committee
  • N.C. Association of Community College Trustees: Past Bard member
  • Sir Walter Cabinet
  • State Employees Association of North Carolina
  • Speaker at women's leadership and legal rights conferences: Speaker at youth groups, including DARE and SADD

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