April 18, 2024
The Ciceronian Society is pleased to announce North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby as our keynote speaker of the 2024 Spring semester!
Paul Martin Newby is Chief 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 of The North Carolina State Constitution with History and Commentary (2d ed. 2013) with Professor John V. Orth of the University of North Carolina School of Law. 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.
Born in Asheboro, North Carolina, 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). 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. 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.