Judge Christopher Brook became the newest member of the North Carolina Court of Appeals today, May 7, after taking the oath of office at a ceremony held at the Court of Appeals in Raleigh. Chief Judge Linda McGee presided over the special court session and administered the oath to Judge Brook.
Accompanying Judge Brook in the ceremony were his his partner, Moira Downey, his parents, Steve Brook and Sharon Glenn, and three of his grandparents, Arthur and Jane Brook and Dr. Eugene Glenn. Current members of the Court of Appeals also were in attendance. Judge Brook joins one other new member of the Court of Appeals who takes an oath of office later this week.
Judge Brook received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Carolina Law, he was managing editor of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, director of its Pro Bono Program, and, upon graduation, inducted into its James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society. From 2007 to 2011, Judge Brook served as an adjunct professor at Carolina Law.
Judge Brook first practiced law at Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog in Raleigh. He then worked as a staff attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham. From 2012 through his appointment, Judge Brook was the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. He is the incoming Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section.
The Court of Appeals is the state's intermediate appellate court. The court has 15 judges who serve eight-year terms and hear cases in panels of three. The court is led by a Chief Judge who is appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeals decides only questions of law in cases appealed from superior and district courts and from some administrative agencies of the Executive Branch.