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Please join us for dinner in 2022!
Please join us for our
Captain James Jack Colonial Dinner!
Thursday, May 20th at 6:00pm
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4150 Yancey Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
The May 20th Society and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery are excited to partner again for this event! Join us for this four course colonial themed dinner featuring Cherry Wood Smoked Heritage Pork. Each course is paired with a different beer from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, including our favorite Captain Jack Pilsner. Huzzah!
Announcing our featured speaker,
Chief Justice Paul Newby!
Paul Martin Newby is the 30th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Chief Justice Newby first was elected to the Supreme Court as associate justice in 2004 and was elevated to the highest judicial office in North Carolina in the 2020 election. As Chief Justice, he is head of the Judicial Branch, a co-equal branch of state government with the Legislative and Executive branches.
In addition to his service on the Court, Chief Justice Newby is an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law. He is the co-author of The North Carolina State Constitution with History and Commentary (2nd ed. 2013) with Professor John V. Orth of the University of North Carolina School of Law. He was honored by the North Carolina Bar Association with its Citizen Lawyer Award in 2011, and in 2012 he received its John McNeill Smith Jr. Award for his work in constitutional rights and responsibilities. In 2013, Chief Justice Newby was named a Leader in the Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. In recognition of his professional service, Chief Justice Newby received the James Iredell Award and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Southern Wesleyan University.
Since his election, Chief Justice Newby has served the court in various capacities. He has worked to enhance professionalism among North Carolina’s lawyers by serving as chair of the Commission on Professionalism. Chief Justice Newby also chairs the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, which aims to overcome barriers to justice and meet legal needs through collaboration and problem solving. He has co-chaired the Chief Justice’s civic education initiative, traveling across the state to meet with school and civic groups to discuss the Supreme Court and the role of the judiciary. He has served as the Court’s liaison to the North Carolina Business Court and the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners. He is a frequent judge at various moot court and mock trial events. Chief Justice Newby speaks to lawyers and judges from around the world about the American legal system and the rule of law. He has been an instructor for the North Carolina Judicial College and various continuing legal education courses.
Chief Justice Newby was born in Asheboro, North Carolina, on May 5, 1955, to Samuel O. and Ruth Parks Newby and raised in Jamestown, where he graduated from Ragsdale High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He 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 practicing law in Asheville with the Van Winkle Law Firm and later served as vice president and general counsel of Cannon Mills Realty and Development Corporation in Kannapolis.
In 1985, Chief Justice Newby was appointed as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh where he served for over 19 years. During this time, he taught many courses for the United States Department of Justice, received the Crime Victims Fund Award, and played an integral role in conducting the undercover sting operation that recovered North Carolina’s original copy of the Bill of Rights, stolen in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Chief Justice Newby is an Eagle Scout and is the recipient of the Heroism Award, the God and Service Award, the Silver Beaver Award, and the Scouter of the Year Award. In 2012, he was designated a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a national honor that recognizes both his service to the Boy Scouts and his dedication to public service.
Chief Justice Newby has been married to Macon Tucker Newby since 1983, and they have four children. He and his wife attend Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh where he has served as an elder and Sunday School teacher.