N.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge John C. Martin (’67) receives North Carolina Bar Association’s highest honor

Chief Judge John C. Martin (’67) of the N.C. Court of Appeals is the 35th recipient of the Judge John J. Parker Award, the highest honor presented by the North Carolina Bar Association.

The award was presented on June 22 at the NCBA annual meeting in Asheville by Martin Brinkley, immediate past president of the NCBA and chair of the Past Presidents’ Council that selected Martin to receive this honor.

“Commensurate with the standards of this award,” Brinkley stated, “John Martin embodies the highest ideals of our profession; he stands for the highest standards of excellence in service to the cause of jurisprudence; and his service has been, despite his own unstinting efforts to make it invisible, conspicuous. And so it is only his due that today, we present him with our highest award.”

John Martin Award

Judge Martin’s exemplary record of service on the bench began in 1977 when he became a Superior Court judge for the 14th Judicial District in his native Durham County. He served in that capacity until 1985, at which time he began his service on the Court of Appeals, serving until 1988.

Martin returned to the Court of Appeals in 1993 and has served there ever since, assuming the duties of chief judge in 2004. Since 2001, he has also served as chairman of the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission.

A 1965 graduate of Wake Forest University and 1967 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, he has also completed the General Jurisdiction Program at the National Judicial College and the Justice Executives Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Martin served from 1967-69 in the U.S. Army, where he was an officer in the Military Police Corps and received the Army Commendation Medal. He engaged in private practice from 1969-77 with Haywood, Denny and Miller and from 1988-92 with Maxwell, Martin, Freeman & Beason.

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