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Judge Linda Stephens Judge
Linda Stephens

Early Years

Born in Woodruff, South Carolina, November 13, 1950.

Personal Information

Married to Judge Donald W. Stephens on August 15, 1980.

Educational Background

Woodruff High School, Woodruff, South Carolina, 1969, valedictorian; University of South Carolina, BA, Magna Cum Laude, 1973; University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, 1979.

Professional Background

  • Appointed Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Michael Easley, 2006-present
  • Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham, LLP, 1984-2006 (Associate 1984-1988, Partner 1989-2006)
  • Deputy Commissioner, North Carolina Industrial Commission, 1980-1984
  • Law Clerk, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 1979-1980

Professional Organizations

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, 1993-2006 (Director 1993-1996; Secretary 1997-1999; Executive Vice President 1999-2000; President-Elect 2000-2001; President 2001-2002)
  • Chair, North Carolina Defense Fund, 2002-2005
  • Chair, North Carolina State Bar Workers’ Compensation Specialization Committee, 2003-2005
  • North Carolina State Liaison, Defense Research Institute, Workers’ Compensation Section 1998-2005
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court Western District of North Carolina

Honors And Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Workers’ Compensation Section, 1995-2006
  • North Carolina “Super” Lawyer Recognition 2006 (Top 50 Female Lawyers)
  • 2002 Recipient of Defense Research Institute’s Fred H. Sievert Outstanding Defense Bar Leader Award
  • Life Member, National Registry of Who’s Who
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, 1973
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Woman of the Year Award, 1972

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, Safe Haven for Cats
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Wake County SPCA

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