NCRAA’s First Featured Attorney

Congratulations to Justice Paul Newby for becoming NC Republican Attorney Association’s first Featured Attorney

Justice Paul Newby

Justice Paul Newby

Justice Paul Martin Newby was born in Randolph County on May 5, 1955 and grew up in Jamestown, North Carolina.  After graduating from Ragsdale High School, he attended Duke University where he received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Public Policy Studies.  He obtained his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill.  There, he met his wife, Macon Tucker Newby, with whom he has four children.

Before entering private practice, Justice Newby served as a judicial intern at the Supreme Court of the United States and as an intern in the Public Defender’s Office for the 18th Judicial District in Greensboro.  After law school Justice Newby joined the law firm of Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes and Davis, P.A., in Asheville, concentrating on real estate matters.  Justice Newby then went in house, serving as Vice President and General Counsel of Cannon Mills Realty and Development Corporation in Kannapolis.  In 1985, he was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a position he held until his election to the Supreme Court of North Carolina in 2004.

Throughout his career, Justice Newby has been dedicated to education and bettering the legal profession.  He is a frequent lecturer at the North Carolina Judicial College and in various continuing legal education programs.  Justice Newby is also an adjunct professor at Campbell University’s School of Law, where he teaches several courses a year and donates his time to various student advocacy programs.  He is an active member and former Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association, serving on numerous Councils and Committees.  In 2011, the Bar Association recognized Justice Newby’s exemplary public service when it bestowed upon him its Citizen Lawyer Award.

Justice Newby’s family regularly attends Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh, where he teaches Sunday school and leads youth groups.  An Eagle Scout and active Scouter, he received the Heroism Award after rescuing nine people from a riptide.   He has also received the God and Service and Silver Beaver Awards and was named Scouter of the Year in 2010.