Constitutional Rights Section Honors Justice Newby
Article Date: Friday, April 27, 2012
Justice Newby accepts award.
Justice Paul M. Newby of the N.C. Supreme Court was honored Friday, April 27, at the N.C. Bar Center as the 2012 recipient of the John McNeill Smith Jr. Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section Award.
The award was presented at the section’s annual meeting and CLE by Chuck Kitchen who is the chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section.
Newby holds the merit, with Professor John V. Orth of the University of North Carolina School of Law, as co-author of the only text dedicated exclusively to the N.C. Constitution: The North Carolina State Constitution with History and Commentary(2d ed.). The book, set to be released this year, is said to “make great strides in helping to preserve the rich history associated with the N.C. Constitution.”
Newby began his professional career with the Van Winkle law firm in Asheville. He then served as vice president and general counsel of Cannon Mills Realty and Development Corporation in Kannapolis. Making his move to Raleigh, Newby served 19 years as Assistant U.S. Attorney before becoming an associate justice on the N.C. Supreme Court.
Newby serves as an adjunct professor at the Campbell University School of Law where he teaches a course focusing on the North Carolina Constitution. A native of Asheboro, he earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University (magna cum laude) and law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
The John McNeill Smith Jr. Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section Award was established by the section “to honor a person who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the ideals embodied in the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of North Carolina.”