Justice Anita Earls has been formally invested as associate justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina during a swearing-in ceremony in the Supreme Court courtroom on Thursday, January 3.
Dignitaries attending the ceremony included Governor Roy Cooper, Attorney General Josh Stein, former chief and associate justices, and representatives from all three branches of state government.
Anita Earls founded and is the past executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Previously, Earls served as deputy assistant attorney general for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton administration. Earls has also served on the Equal Access to Justice Commission and the N.C. Board of Elections.
She has taught at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland. She graduated from Williams College and earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Yale Law School.