NC Supreme Court Justice
Judge Paul Martin Newby
Paul Martin Newby is the Senior Associate Justice of the
Supreme Court of North Carolina, having first been elected in 2004. Justice
Newby is an Adjunct Professor at Campbell University School of Law, where he
teaches courses on state constitutional law and appellate practice. He is also
the co-author of The North Carolina State Constitution with History and
Commentary (2d ed. 2013) with Professor John V. Orth of the University of North
Carolina School of Law. The North Carolina Bar Association honored Justice
Newby in 2011 with its Citizen Lawyer Award, and in 2012 he received its John
McNeill Smith, Jr. Award, recognizing his work in the area of constitutional
rights and responsibilities. In recognition of his professional service,
Justice Newby received the James Iredell Award and an Honorary Doctor of Laws
from Southern Wesleyan University.
Justice Newby works to enhance professionalism among North
Carolina’s lawyers having served as chair of the Commission on Professionalism.
Justice Newby co-chairs the Chief Justice’s civic education initiative,
traveling across North Carolina to meet with school and civic groups to discuss
the Supreme Court and the role of the judiciary. He is the Court’s liaison to
the North Carolina Business Court and the North Carolina Board of Law
Examiners. He is a frequent judge at various moot court and mock trial events.
Justice Newby speaks to lawyers and judges from around the world about the
American legal system and the rule of law, including groups of international
parliamentarians and judges for the Open World Program, sponsored by the
Library of Congress. He has been an instructor for the North Carolina Judicial
College and various continuing legal education courses.
Justice Newby actively participates in the North Carolina
Bar Association. He is currently a member of the Justice and Judiciary
Committee (2018-present). In the past, Justice Newby has served on the
Strategic Planning & Emerging Trends Committee (2015-2018), the Appellate
Practice Section Council (2015-2016), International Law Section Council
(2010-2015), the Technology Advisory Committee (2005-2011), the Litigation
Council (2005-2011), and as Vice President (2008-2009).
Born in Asheboro, North Carolina on May 5, 1955 to Samuel O.
and Ruth Parks Newby, he was raised in Jamestown where he graduated from
Ragsdale High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy
Studies (magna cum laude) from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from the University
of North Carolina School of Law. Before beginning his legal career, Justice
Newby served as a judicial intern in the United States Supreme Court and
interned in the 18th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office
(Greensboro/High Point). He began his law practice in Asheville with Van
Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes, and Davis, P.A. and later served as Vice President
and General Counsel of Cannon Mills Realty and Development Corporation in
Kannapolis. In 1985, Justice Newby was appointed as an Assistant United States
Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh where he served
for over nineteen years. During this time, he taught many courses for the
United States Department of Justice and received the Crime Victims Fund Award.
He also played an integral role in conducting the undercover sting operation
which recovered North Carolina’s original copy of the Bill of Rights, stolen
during the Civil War.
Justice Newby is an Eagle Scout and is the recipient of the
Heroism Award for rescuing nine people from a riptide, the God and Service
Award, the Silver Beaver Award, and the Scouter of the Year Award. In 2012,
Justice Newby was designated a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a national honor that
recognizes both his service to the Boy Scouts and his dedication to public
Justice Newby has been married to Macon Tucker Newby since
1983, and they have four children. He and his wife attend Christ Baptist Church
in Raleigh where he is an Elder and Sunday School teacher.