Campbell Law honors First Ladies of the N.C. Judiciary

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Campbell Law School paid tribute to female pioneers throughout North Carolina’s legal history with an exhibit dedication at the law school on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The law school dedicated “First Ladies of the North Carolina Judiciary,” which contains rare archival and photographic exhibits, and chronicles the first N.C. women to break a number of judicial barriers, starting with Chief Justice Susie Sharp’s 1949 appointment as a superior court judge.

Campbell Law was joined by the Women in Law student organization, the Campbell Law Career Center, the Campbell Law Library, and Wake Women Attorneys in hosting the dedication.
A photo gallery of the evening is available on the Campbell Law School Facebook page at

The dedication included remarks from former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker, N.C. Supreme Court Historian Danny Moody, and N.C. Supreme Court Historical Society President Buck Copeland.

“We are beyond delighted to serve as the home of this fascinating exhibit,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “Women on the bench have had a profound impact on the legal history of our state, and this exhibit reminds our female students on a daily basis of precisely what they are capable of.”

The exhibit, which was previously on display at the Supreme Court of N.C., was originally funded to the tune of $30,000 by the Supreme Court Historical Society. The exhibit is now on permanent display on the first floor of the law school in the corridor immediately past the security desk.

Some of the judges featured in the exhibit include The Honorable Allyson K. Duncan, The Honorable Memory Farmer, The Honorable Louise Flanagan, The Honorable J. Marlene Hyatt, Chief Judge Naomi Morris, Chief Justice Sarah Parker, Chief Justice Susie M. Sharp, The Honorable Winifred T. Wells, and The Honorable Mary Whitener.