Paul Martin Newby

NC Supreme Court Justice (Newby)

Paul Martin Newby


Legal Experience:

Justice, N.C. Supreme Court, 2004-present

Adjunct Professor, Campbell University Law School, 2008-present

Presenter, NC Judicial College, 2008-present

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Raleigh, civil and criminal litigation, 1985-2004

General Counsel, Cannon Mills Realty, Kannapolis, 1984-1985

Associate, Van Winkle Law Firm, Asheville, transactional practice, 1980-1984

Judicial Intern, Supreme Court of the United States, 1976

Intern, 18th Judicial District Public Defenders Office, 1975


Professional Awards:

John McNeil Smith Constitutional Rights Award (2012)

Citizen Lawyer Award (2011)

James Iredell Award (2009)

Doctor of Laws, Southern Wesleyan University (2008)


Bar and Court Admissions:

NC State Bar 1980,

U.S. Courts: Fourth Circuit; Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of N.C.



J.D. UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, 1980

B.A. in Public Policy Studies (magna cum laude) Duke University, 1977

Ragsdale High School, Jamestown, NC, 1973


Professional Involvement:

North Carolina Bar Association:  Law-Related Education Committee, We the PeopleConstitutional Studies Program, Project Citizen, Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends, Diversity in the Profession, formerly served as Vice President and on the Litigation Council and the Technology Advisory Committee, delegate for the Attorney Exchange Program with Turkey (2011).  Selected for Citizen-Lawyer Award (2011) and Constitutional Rights Award (2012).

Library of Congress, Open World-Rule of Law Program:  Selected to host delegations of foreign judges and lawyers and teach them about our legal system and the rule of law.

Campbell University School of Law:  Adjunct Professor: State Constitutional Law, Appellate Practice.


Civic and Community Involvement:

Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout, Distinguished Eagle, Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Heroism Award (saved nine people from a riptide), God and Service Award, Scouter of the Year, Chairman of Report to the State (2009-present), Board Member of Occoneechee Council, Citizenship Merit Badge Instructor.

Civic Education:  Frequent presentations to school, scout and civic groups about the law and the judicial branch of government, as well as the NC and US Constitutions and the recovery of NCs original copy of the US Bill of Rights (stolen in 1865, recovered in 2003). 

Christ Baptist Church, Raleigh:  Elder and Youth Sunday School Teacher.


Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position:                        

For the last eight years it has been my privilege to serve our State as a Justice on the Supreme Court.  I have strived to fairly, impartially, consistently, and concisely apply the law in every case.  The law should be applied predictably so attorneys can properly advise their clients.  Because of my diverse legal experience, I have written more opinions than any other justice and almost twice as many civil opinions.  My legal scholarship has resulted in my being selected to provide continuing education to judges and lawyers and teach law school courses.  I have lectured and written a book on the North Carolina Constitution.  I have a reputation of being a hard-working and thoughtful Justice.  My work has resulted in widespread bipartisan support across the State, including endorsements from four former Chief Justices, two of each party, as well as legal, business, and law enforcement groups.  Please visit


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