Robin Hudson

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Robin Hudson
Court Information:
North Carolina Supreme Court
Title:   Associate Justice
Salary:  $140,285
Appointed by:   Election
Active:   2006-2022
Past post:   Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Past term:   2001-2006
Past post 2:   Attorney in private practice
Past term 2:   1976-2000
Personal History
Born:   1952
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   Yale University, 1973
Law School:   University of North Carolina School of Law, 1976
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
Position:  Hudson Seat
State:  North Carolina
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  5/6/2014
Primary vote:  42.5%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  52.5%ApprovedA

Robin E. Hudson is an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. She was elected to the court in 2006.[1][2][3] She is the only woman who was not appointed to serve on the court before she was elected.[4] Hudson ran for re-election to the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2014, winning a new term expiring on December 31, 2022.[5][6]



For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: North Carolina Supreme Court elections, 2014
See also: North Carolina judicial elections, 2014
Hudson ran for re-election to the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Primary: She was successful in the primary on May 6, 2014, receiving 42.5 percent of the vote. She competed against Eric L. Levinson and Jeanette Kathleen Doran.
General: She defeated Eric L. Levinson in the general election on November 4, 2014, receiving 52.5 percent of the vote.[5][7][8]

On October 24, 2013, Hudson announced her plan to run for re-election in 2014. She stated:

I’m running for re-election because I know the challenges that people face every day...Challenges with their jobs, their families, and their property. Challenges with safety, kids, and schools. These are the things people want a judge to decide fairly, and these are the issues that I decide fairly in every case that comes before me.[2][9]

This was the only supreme court race in North Carolina that included a primary election. With two Republican candidates--Levinson and Doran--in the primary, voter turnout from that party was expected to be high. It was speculated that a high Republican turnout could counteract Hudson's incumbent advantage. However, after election night, it was reported that Democrats accounted for approximately 42% of the voters, while Republicans represented only about 31%.[10]

Though North Carolina judicial elections are technically nonpartisan, the political affiliation of the state's supreme court justices and candidates is widely known. Hudson is consistently identified as a Democrat in media outlets and she was endorsed by the North Carolina Democratic Party.[11][12]


Hudson has been endorsed by former chief justices Jim Exum, Henry Frye and Burley Mitchell, as well as a number of judges who formerly served on the state's appellate court.[13]

In addition, the following organizations have announced that they endorse Hudson's campaign for re-election to the court:


Hudson received a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Yale University in 1973 and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1976.[1]


Awards and associations


  • 2002: Treasurer, North Carolina Judicial Conference
  • 1978-2001: Member, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges
  • Appellate Judge Conference, American Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Hudson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.87, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.01 that justices received in North Carolina. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[15]

See also

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