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Gov. Perdue Appoints Judge Beasley to Supreme Court
News imageGov. Bev Perdue has appointed Court of Appeals Judge Cheri Beasley to the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Beasley will fill the vacancy from the recent retirement of Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson.

"I am thrilled to appoint Cheri to our state's highest court," said Gov. Perdue. "She has excelled both as a district court judge and as a judge on the Court of Appeals. She will make a superb justice on the Supreme Court."

Timmons-Goodson announced her retirement in late November, to be effective on December 17. Gov. Perdue appointed Beasley on December 12, and her investiture to the seven-member court will take place on January 3, 2013. Beasley will be the second African-American female to serve on the Supreme Court.

"I am grateful for her confidence in my ability to render fair and impartial decisions while serving on our state's highest court," said Beasley. "Throughout my years of service on the judiciary, I have always considered it a privilege to serve the people of our state."

Beasley has served on the Court of Appeals since being elected in 2008. She previously served as a district court judge in Judicial District 12 from 1999 until 2008. Prior to becoming a judge, Beasley was an assistant public defender in Fayetteville for five years.

Beasley has been involved in numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, N.C. Bar Association, Cumberland County Bar Association, and Wake County Bar Association. She is also active in her community, including the Women's Forum of North Carolina, Junior League of Fayetteville, and her church.

Beasley has served as a lecturer in Appellate Advocacy and Trial Advocacy at the University of North Carolina School of Law and the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She was born in Tennessee and earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Beasley received her undergraduate degree from Douglass College of Rutgers University.

Information sourced from the Office of Gov. Bev Perdue and The News & Observer.
Publish Date: 12/28/2012
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