Paul Martin Newby is the Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, having first
been elected in 2004. Justice Newby is an Adjunct Professor at Campbell University School of Law, where
he teaches courses on state constitutional law and appellate practice. He is also the co-author, with
Professor John V. Orth of the University of North Carolina School of Law, of The North Carolina State
Constitution with History and Commentary (2d ed. 2013). The North Carolina Bar Association honored
Justice Newby in 2011 with its Citizen Lawyer Award, and in 2012 he received its John McNeill Smith, Jr.
Award, recognizing his work in the area of constitutional rights and responsibilities. In recognition of his
professional service, Justice Newby received the James Iredell Award and a Honorary Doctor of Laws
from Southern Wesleyan University.
Justice Newby co-chairs the Chief Justice's civic education initiative, travelling across North Carolina
to meet with school and civic groups to discuss the Supreme Court and the role of the judiciary. He is
the Court's liaison to the North Carolina Business Court, the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners,
and the Governor's Crime Commission. He is a frequent judge at various moot court and mock trial
events. Justice Newby speaks to lawyers and judges from around the world about the American legal
system and the rule of law, including groups of international parliamentarians and judges for the Open
World Program, sponsored by the Library of Congress. He has been an instructor for the North Carolina
Judicial College and various continuing legal education courses.
Justice Newby actively participates in the North Carolina Bar Association. He is currently a member
of the Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends Committee and the Appellate Practice Section Council.
In the past, Justice Newby has served on the Technology Advisory Committee (2005-2011), the
Litigation Council (2005-2011), the International Law Section Council (2010-2015), and as Vice
Born in Asheboro, North Carolina on May 5, 1955 to Samuel O. and Ruth Parks Newby, he was raised
in Jamestown where he graduated from Ragsdale High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Public Policy Studies (magna cum laude) from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University
of North Carolina School of Law. Before beginning his legal career, Justice Newby served as a judicial
intern in the United States Supreme Court and interned in the 18th Judicial District Public Defender's
Office (Greensboro/High Point). He began his law practice in Asheville with Van Winkle, Buck, Wall,
Starnes, and Davis, P.A. and later served as Vice President and General Counsel of Cannon Mills Realty
and Development Corporation in Kannapolis. In 1985, Justice Newby was appointed as an Assistant
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh where he served for over
nineteen years. During this time, he taught many courses for the United States Department of
Justice and received the Crime Victims Fund Award. He also played an integral role in conducting the
undercover sting operation which recovered North Carolina's original copy of the Bill of Rights, stolen
during the Civil War.
Justice Newby is an Eagle Scout and is the recipient of the Heroism Award for rescuing nine people
from a riptide, the God and Service Award, the Silver Beaver Award, and the Scouter of the Year
Award. In 2012, Justice Newby was designated a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a national honor that
recognizes both his service to the Boy Scouts and his dedication to public service.
Justice Newby has been married to Macon Tucker Newby since 1983, and they have four children.
He and his family attend Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh where he is an Elder and Sunday School