Sarah Parker

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Sarah Parker
Court Information:
North Carolina Supreme Court
Title:   Former chief justice
Salary:  $140,285
Appointed by:   Election
Active:   1993-2014
Chief:   2006-2014
Past post:   Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Past term:   1984-1992
Past post 2:   Attorney in private practice
Past term 2:   1969-1984
Personal History
Born:   08/23/1942
Party:   Democratic[1]
Undergraduate:   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1964
Law School:   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 1969

Sarah Parker was the chief justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court, a position she attained on February 1, 2006. She was first elected to the court in 1992, and then again in 1996, and 2004.[2] She retired from the bench on August 31, 2014, when she reached the mandatory retirement age of 72.[3][4]


Parker received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964 and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1969.[2]


Awards and associations


  • 2006: Honorary Doctor of Laws, Pheiffer University
  • 2003: Humanitarian Award, NC Association of Black County Officials
  • 2003: Distinguished Alumni Award, University of North Carolina Law School
  • 2002: Judge of the Year, N.C. Women Attorneys Association [2]


  • 1987-1988: Vice-President, N.C. Bar Association
  • Member, N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member, Institute of Judicial Administration
  • Member, Woman's Club of Raleigh [2]

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. Parker received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.63, 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.[5]

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