Our Endorsements

The nonpartisan North Carolina Advocates for Justice carefully considered its endorsements for the state’s 2020 appellate judicial elections to be held Nov. 3. At stake are three seats on the Supreme Court of North Carolina and five seats on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Before choosing which candidates to endorse, NCAJ first invited all candidates to be interviewed by a panel of NCAJ Political Action Committee trustees. NCAJ also submitted the candidates’ names to its members to gather their feedback. NCAJ PAC trustees then reviewed the candidates’ resumes and examples of their work. Finally, the 25 trustees of the NCAJ PAC had the opportunity to meet and discuss the candidates prior to selecting this bipartisan slate of endorsements.

In the case of Court of Appeals Seat 13, NCAJ has endorsed two candidates, although voters will have to choose one. After extensive review, NCAJ PAC members determined that both candidates are focused on protecting citizens.

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Cheri Beasley

NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Seat 01 (DEM)

Endorsed by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Cheri Beasley

NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Seat 01 (DEM)

Education

  • Rutgers University
  • University of Tennessee (JD)
  • Duke University (LLM)

Occupation

  • Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court

Experience

  • Court of Appeals Judge (2008-2012)
  • Supreme Court Justice (2012-2020)

Justice Beasley has served on the North Carolina Supreme Court since 2012 and has served as the Chief Justice for over a year. As the Chief Justice, she is responsible for the North Carolina Judicial Branch, an equal branch of state government with the Legislative and Executive branches. Prior to her service on the Supreme Court, Justice Beasley served four years as an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and was a District Court Judge for a decade in the 12th Judicial District in Cumberland County.

Lucy Inman

NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 02 (DEM)

Endorsed by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Lucy Inman

NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 02 (DEM)

Education

  • North Carolina State University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (JD)

Occupation

  • Judge on the NC Court of Appeals

Experience

  • Superior Court Judge (2010-2014)
  • Court of Appeals Judge (2015-2022)

Judge Inman has served on the Court of Appeals since her election in 2014. She previously served for four years as a Superior Court judge. Judge Inman started her legal career as a law clerk for North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Jim Exum and then practiced civil litigation for 18 years, representing clients from all walks of life. Before entering the legal profession, Judge Inman worked as a newspaper reporter.

Mark Davis

NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 04 (DEM)

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Mark Davis

NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Seat 04 (DEM)

Education

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (JD)
  • Duke University (LLM)

Occupation

  • Justice on the NC Supreme Court

Experience

  • Court of Appeals Judge (2013-2019)
  • Supreme Court Justice (2019-2020)

Justice Davis was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Cooper in March of 2019. Prior to his appointment, Justice Davis was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2012 and was elected to a full eight-year term in 2014. Previously, Justice Davis served as a Special Deputy Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice for five years and spent 13 years as an attorney with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, where he was a member of the firm in the Litigation Section.

Tricia Shields

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 04 (DEM)

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Tricia Shields

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 04 (DEM)

Education

  • Wake Forest University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (JD)

Occupation

  • Attorney

Experience

  • Private practice experience for 35 years

Tricia Shields is a highly experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on civil litigation. She represents people and their businesses in a wide variety of cases, including complex commercial litigation, malpractice and professional responsibility, product liability claims, and civil rights claims. She has extensive appellate practice experience, appearing regularly before North Carolina’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lora Christine Cubbage

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 05 (DEM)

Endorsed by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Lora Christine Cubbage

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 05 (DEM)

Education

  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (JD)

Occupation

  • Superior Court Judge

Experience

  • Superior Court Judge (2018-2026)
  • District Court Judge; prior Assistant Attorney General

Judge Cubbage began her career as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting cases for the State of North Carolina. She next served as an Assistant Attorney General. Judge Cubbage was appointed to the Superior Court by Governor Roy Cooper in March of 2018, subsequently being elected to the seat in November of 2018. While on the bench, Judge Cubbage has had the opportunity to preside over cases from murder to felony larceny, including civil cases from breach of contract to the more complex estate case.

Chris Dillon

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 06 (REP)

Endorsed by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Chris Dillon

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 06 (REP)

Education

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (JD)
  • Duke University (LLM)

Occupation

  • Judge on the NC Court of Appeals

Experience

  • Private practice
  • Court of Appeal Judge (2012-2020)

Judge Dillon has served as an appellate court judge since his election in 2012. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Dillon served in private practice focusing on administrative, business, and real estate law.

Jeff Carpenter

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 07 (REP)

Endorsed by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Jeff Carpenter

NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 07 (REP)

Education

  • University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  • Campbell University (JD)

Occupation

  • Superior Court Judge

Experience

  • Superior Court Judge (2016-2020)
  • State Highway Patrol (1994-2000)

Judge Carpenter attended law school as a second career after years of service with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. After law school, and prior to taking the bench in Anson, Richmond, Stanly, and Union Counties, Judge Carpenter was a trial lawyer. He tried a variety of civil and criminal cases.

Chris Brook

DUAL ENDORSEMENT
NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 13 (DEM)

Endorsed by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Chris Brook

DUAL ENDORSEMENT
NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 13 (DEM)

Education

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (JD)

Occupation

  • Judge on the NC Court of Appeals

Experience

  • Legal Director of ACLU (2012-2019)
  • Court of Appeals Judge (2019-2020)

Judge Brook first practiced at a Raleigh law firm, focusing on civil litigation. He was then a public interest attorney in North Carolina for more than a decade. In these roles, he practiced throughout our state and federal court system, including successfully leading litigation before the Supreme Court of the United States. Since his 2019 appointment to the Court of Appeals by Governor Cooper, he has authored more than 75 opinions that speak to his rigor, fairness, and respect for every North Carolinian who appears before him.

Jefferson G. Griffin

DUAL ENDORSEMENT
NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 13 (REP)

Endorsed by North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Jefferson G. Griffin

DUAL ENDORSEMENT
NC Court of Appeals Judge Seat 13 (REP)

Education

  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Central University (JD)

Occupation

  • District Court Judge (currently deployed until summer of 2020)

Experience

  • District Court Judge (2015-2020)
  • JAG officer in the National Guard

Judge Griffin started in private practice in Kinston, N.C., focusing on civil litigation and criminal defense litigation.  In 2015, he was appointed as a District Court Judge in Wake County by Gov. McCrory.  Judge Griffin was elected to a four-year term in the 2016 general election in Wake County. He spent the last half of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 serving as a Captain in the North Carolina Army National Guard as a JAG Officer and deployed with the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, known as “Old Hickory.”