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Judge Linda Stephens Judge
Linda Stephens

Educational Background
  • Woodruff High School, Woodruff, S.C., 1969, Valedictorian
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 1973, Magna Cum Laude, B.A. Degree (Major: Journalism and English)
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1979, J.D. Degree

Professional Background
  • Associate Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2006-Present
  • Partner, Teague, Campbell, Dennis & Gorham, LLP, 1984-2006
  • Deputy Commissioner, North Carolina Industrial Commission, 1980-1984
  • Law Clerk, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 1979-1980

Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar, 1979
  • United States Supreme Court, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1985
  • United States District Court Eastern District of N.C., 1984
  • United States District Court Western District of N.C., 1985

Honors And Awards
  • 2015 J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence (First female recipient; presented by N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys)
  • 2013 Woman of Justice Award
  • GFWC of North Carolina Woman of Achievement, 2009
  • 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
  • DRI Exceptional Performance Citation, 2002
  • NCAWA Woman of Wisdom Award, 2007, 2006
  • Life Member, National Registry of Who’s Who
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, 1973
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1972
  • USC Woman of the Year, 1972
  • Carolina Scholar, 1969-1973
  • First female law clerk to Judge R. A. Hedrick, N.C. Court of Appeals
  • First female member and partner, Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP
  • First female president, N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys

Professional Organizations
  • Member, Family Court Advisory Committee (August 2013-Present)
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, 1993-2005 (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; Committee member, 2000-2003
  • North Carolina State Liaison, Defense Research Institute, Workers’ Compensation Section, 1998-2005
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (member, Women in the Profession Committee)
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (Chair, Judicial Division 2010-2012)
  • Wake Women Attorneys
  • American Bar Association

Community Activities
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, SAFE Haven for Cats
  • Member, Board of Directors, Purr Partners Rescue
  • Member, Advisory Board, Humane Carolina
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Wake County SPCA
  • Member, Women’s Forum of North Carolina
  • Member, NAACP (Wake/Rolesville Chapter, N. C.)
  • Member, Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association
  • Member, Business & Professional Women of North Carolina

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