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WATCH LIVE Saturday 10 a.m.: Chief Justice Beasley to Deliver the North Carolina State of the Judiciary Address

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will deliver her 2019 State of the Judiciary address at the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual meeting.

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Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will deliver her 2019 State of the Judiciary address at the N.C. Bar Association’s annual meeting in Asheville on Saturday, June 22. The address will focus on the Judicial Branch’s commitment to access, fairness and impartiality for the people of North Carolina.

Chief Justice Beasley will provide an update on accomplishments of the Judicial Branch. 

The effort to modernize courts and her vision for the future of the N.C. unified court system are among the topics Justice Beasley will cover on Saturday.

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will address members and guests of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Saturday, June 22, at 10:00 a.m. This event can be viewed via Facebook Live. A video will be available on NCcourts.gov in the afternoon. 

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Chief Justice Cheri Beasley began her 20 year judicial career as a district court judge in Cumberland County, N.C. in 1999. After 10 years of service, she was elected to serve as an Associate Judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals. Her election made her the first African-American woman elected in any statewide race without first being appointed to the office.

Chief Justice Beasley served four years as an associate judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals. She was then appointed by Governor Perdue to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of North Carolina that was created by the retirement of Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson in 2012.

In the Supreme Court’s 200-year history, Chief Justice Beasley is the eighth woman and only the second African-American woman to serve on the Court. With her appointment by Governor Cooper in March, 2019, Beasley became the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Justice of the state’s highest Court.

She is a graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University and of The University of Tennessee College of Law. In 2018, she earned an L.L.M. in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law. She first practiced law in the Twelfth Judicial District’s Public Defender’s Office before receiving her initial appointment as a district court judge. Read more.