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Last Day on the Bench…
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(Raleigh) Associate Justice Robert F. Orr of the Supreme Court of North Carolina folds up his judicial robe for the last time as he prepares to step down from the bench and move into the private sector.

After some 16 years of service on the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, Justice Orr will help create a new organization know as the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Serving as Executive Director and Senior Attorney, Orr will guide the group in education and informing the public and fellow lawyers about issues regarding the state constitution as well as directing the institute's legal involvement in cases that involve the interpretation of the constitution.

Justice Orr is a native of Hendersonville in the North Carolina mountains and attended the University of North Carolina and UNC-School of Law. He is a veteran of the US Army. After law school and several years as a private attorney in Asheville, Justice Orr ran the western office for Congressman William Hendon. He has served as a Commissioner on the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and with the state Court of Appeals.

The judge was appointed to the National Parks Advisory Board where he also served as chairman. He has represented the Supreme Court on the Governor's Crime Commission and is an adjunct professor of law at the North Carolina Central University School of Law.

"Judge Bob," as his close friends call him, "Is hanging up his robe for now but, will continue his service to North Carolina citizens for a long time to come!" said one friend.

The judge says his plans include a "quiet week at the beach," then headfirst into his new

Publish Date: 07/30/2004
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