Former Chief Justice Sarah Parker to Receive 2015 Woman of Achievement Award

On March 26, 2015 Retired Chief Justice Sarah Parker will be honored as Meredith College's 2015 Woman of Achievement. The award will be presented at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Justice Parker will spend the evening with Meredith and discuss the role and importance of the courts, women in politics, and her distinguished career.

Sarah Parker was the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court (2006-14) and was first elected to the Court in 1992. Justice Parker has over 30 years of experience on the bench and had a distinguished career in law and as a lower court justice before joining the Supreme Court. She received bipartisan praise for her work.

The N.C. Supreme Court oversees cases related to our basic rights and is usually the final arbiter of the legal standing of actions taken by government. Justice Parker has worked on issues related to civil rights, equality, and free speech, helping shape the society we live in today. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Law Institute, and a founding member of the Susie Sharp Inn of Court.

Justice Parker has received numerous awards, including the Gwyneth B. Davis Public Service Award and the Judge of the Year Award from the N.C. Women Attorneys Association, the Distinguished Woman of North Carolina Award, the Mecklenburg County Bar Asycue Professionalism Award, the Robinson B. Everett Award for Legal Excellence, the N.C. Chamber Distinguished Public Service Award, and three honorary degrees.

Justice Parker attended Meredith College from 1960-62 and is an example of the globally engaged, professionally successful students Meredith College produces. After Meredith, she earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the first woman to join the 100 year old law firm that hired her after graduation. Before working in the law she served in the Peace Corps teaching English in Turkey.

The Woman of Achievement event is free and open to the public.

Melyssa Allen

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