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N.C. Chief Justice to Speak at Meredith Commencement

Sarah Parker, chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, will deliver the address at Meredith College’s 2009 spring commencement on Sunday, May 10, 2009. Commencement exercises begin at 10 a.m. in Meredith’s outdoor McIver Amphitheater. (Rain location: Dorton Arena)

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Parker attended Meredith College from 1960-62 before earning her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as an attorney in private practice for 15 years before being appointed to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 1984. She served on the Court of Appeals until 1993 when she joined the N.C. Supreme Court. In 2006, Parker was appointed chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court.

Parker is a member of the Governor’s Crime Commission, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission and the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Among the honors Parker has received are the Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award and the 2002 Judge of the Year Award from the NC Women Attorneys Association, the Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award and the North Carolina Law School Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.

Date Submitted: 2009-03-25

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