|North Carolina Supreme Court|
|Title:||Former chief justice|
|Past post:||Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past term 2:||1969-1984|
|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. She retired from the bench on August 31, 2014, when she reached the mandatory retirement age of 72.
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.
- 2006-2014: Chief justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
- 1993-2014: Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
- 1984-1992: Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals
- 1969-1984: Attorney in private practice
- 1964-1966: U.S. Peace Corps 
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 
- 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 
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.
- Project Vote Smart, "Chief Justice Sarah Parker (NC)"
- North Carolina Business Litigation Report, "Rotation Of North Carolina Superior Court Judges To Be Suspended Due To State Budget Crisis," July 13, 2009
- WRAL.com, "Sarah Parker Named New Chief Justice Of State Supreme Court," January 18, 2006
- North Carolina judicial elections are currently nonpartisan. However, Parker is listed here as a Democrat because she ran for re-election to the supreme court on that ticket in 1996, before the state's judicial elections were nonpartisan. See: North Carolina State Board of Elections: Election Results, Supreme Court, Associate Justice, November 5, 1996 (timed out)
- Project Vote Smart, "Chief Justice Sarah Parker (NC)," accessed September 4, 2014
- News Observer, "Judge Ervin will run again for Supreme Court," August 27, 2013
- WRAL.com, "NC's chief justice hears final cases," May 6, 2014
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Sarah Parker • Edward Thomas Brady • Robert N. Hunter, Jr. •|