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Chief Justice Parker Designates Judge Linda McGee as Court of Appeals Chief Judge
News imageNorth Carolina Chief Justice Sarah Parker has designated Judge Linda McGee as chief judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Current Chief Judge John C. Martin will step down from the bench and retire on August 1, 2014.

Judge McGee's appointment is effective August 1. She will be the second woman to serve as chief judge in the history of the Court of Appeals. She resides at the Outer Banks in Corolla.

In announcing the appointment, Chief Justice Parker said Judge McGee has "served ably as a judge of the Court of Appeals, and I am confident that as Chief Judge [she] will continue the tradition of integrity and excellence established by [her] predecessors."

"It is an outstanding honor to be named Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and I thank our Chief Justice Sarah Parker for giving me this special opportunity," said Judge McGee. "The former chief judges I have served with during my 19 years on the court, including Judge Gerald Arnold, Judge Sid Eagles and our current Chief Judge John Martin, have all set high standards of service and leadership and with the support of all those at the Court of Appeals. I will work hard to follow their positive tradition."

Judge McGee was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1995 by Governor James B. Hunt Jr. She was elected to an eight-year term in 1996 and re-elected for eight-year terms in 2004 and 2012. Before becoming an Appeals Court judge, Judge McGee was a partner in the Boone,N.C., law firm of di Santi, Watson and McGee for 17 years. She served as the first executive director of the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers from 1973 1978, following her graduation from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Her awards and honors include the 2004 Women of Achievement Award by the General Federation of Women's Clubs of North Carolina, the 2000 Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments, the 1999 Outstanding Judge of the Year and 1996 Gwyneth B. Davis Service Award by the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, the 1992 Pro Bono Award by the North Carolina Bar Association, the 1982 Woman of the Year by the Boone Business and Professional Women, and the 1980 State Young Career Woman of the Year by the North Carolina Business and Professional Women.

She is a member of the American Bar Association and has served on the Public Education Committee, the Appellate Judges Division, the Pro Bono Conference Host Committee, and is a Fellow of the ABA Foundation. She serves on the North Carolina IOLTA Board and on the Chief Justice's Equal Access to Justice Commission.

Judge McGee has been active in the North Carolina Bar Association, serving on the Board of Governors from 1983 1986, co-chairing the Lawyers in Schools Committee, and currently co-chairs the Bar Bench Liaison Committee. She has also served on the Committee on Women in the Profession, the Continuing Legal Education Committee, the Nominating Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, the Legal Services Task Force, and Task Force on Education and Training of Lawyers in North Carolina.

Judge McGee has also been active in many community activities, including the League of Women Voters of Dare County, a Caldwell Community College trustee, co-founder of the Blue Ridge Dispute Settlement Center, charter member of Opposing Abuse Through Service, Information and Shelter in Boone, North Carolina, past board member of Watauga Opportunities sheltered workshop and New River Mental Health Center Advisory Council.

She was a charter member of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, serving as treasurer and on the board of directors. She is a frequent panelist at Women Judges Forums at all five law schools in the state, and CLE speaker. She served as the first chair of the Civic Education Consortium at the UNC School of Government and was a Board member of Legal Services of North Carolina. She is currently a member of the Women's Forum of North Carolina and the Sir Walter Cabinet.

Judge McGee was a member of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners from 1986 1993, and continues to be a guest grader of the NC Bar Exam for prospective new lawyers in the state. She has also been a member of the North Carolina State Bar Legal Specialization Study Committee and the Mandatory CLE Committee.

Judge McGee resides in Corolla with her husband, Gary McGee. They are active members of Outer Banks Presbyterian Church in Kill Devil Hills. The McGee's are parents of two sons, Scott of Charleston, S.C., and Jeffrey of Kitty Hawk.

Related Information
Chief Justice Parker's designation letter
Judge Linda McGee's bio
Chief Judge Martin retirement article
Publish Date: 07/24/2014
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