Mark D. Martin

28th NC Supreme Court Chief Justice

Date Born: April 29, 1963

Date Died: Living

       
       
       
       
Place Born: Brussells, Belgium

Place Buried: Living

 

Chief Justice - 2014 - TBD
Associate Justice - 1999 - 2014
 

Mark D. Martin was born on April 29, 1963 in Brussells, Belgium, the son of (formerly Colonel) Dr. M. Dean Martin and Ann Martin. He earned his B.S. degree from Western Carolina University in 1985. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1988.

Mark D. Martin married Kym Lake; they have four daughters and one son.

From 1998 to 1992, Mark D. Martin practiced law.

From 1992 to 1994, Mark D. Martin served as Resident Superior Court Judge in Greenville, Judicial District 3A.

In 1994, Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. appointed Mark D. Martin as a Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, a position he retained until 1999.

In 1998, Mark D. Martin earned an L.L.M. degree in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.

In the 1998 General Elections, Mark D. Martin was elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, taking the former seat of Chief Justice Burley Bayard Mitchell, Jr., who had retired in 1998 and was replaced by Chief Justice Henry E. Frye. He was sworn in during January of 1999.

In August of 2014, Governor Patrick Lloyd McCrory appointed Mark D. Martin as the next Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, replacing Chief Justice Sarah Elizabeth Parker, who retired on August 31, 2014 after reaching the mandatory retirement age. In the November 2014 General Elections, he was elected in his own right, and took the oath of office on January 5, 2015.

Mark D. Martin is the only sitting Judge in North Carolina history who has served on the NC Supreme Court, the NC Court of Appeals and the NC Superior Court. He has served on the adjunct legal faculty at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina, and recently concluded a term as the Judicial Division Chair for the American Bar Association.

Member, American Bar Association
Former Chair, Appellate Judges Conference, American Bar Association
Member, Appellate Judges Conference Nominating Committee, American Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI)
Member, Board of Directors, Carolina Law Alumni Association
Member, Board of Directors, Wake County Bar Association
Member, Coalition for Justice, American Bar Association
Presenter, Continuing Legal Education, Wake County Bar Association
Member, Delta Sigma Phi
Member, Greenville Noon Rotary Club
Member, John Marshall Award Review Committee, American Bar Association
Chair, Judicial Division, American Bar Association, present
Member, Legislation and Law Reform Committee, North Carolina Conference of Superior Court Judges
Member, Legislative Liaison Committee, North Carolina Judicial Conference
Member, Litigation Section Council, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Minorities in the Profession Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, Multidisciplinary Practice Task Force, North Carolina Bar Association
Judicial Member, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
Judicial Member, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
Former Vice President, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
Member, North Carolina Council for Women
Secretary, North Carolina Judicial Conference
Member, Order of the Long Leaf Pine
Member, Strategic Planning/Emerging Trends Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
Editorial Board Member, The Judges' Journal, American Bar Association
Member, Wake County Bar Association
Member, Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts
Member, Toll Fellowship Program Council of States Governments, 2001


Date of Birth: April 29, 1963

Mark D. Martin is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. With twenty-two years of judicial service, Justice Martin is the only active member of the North Carolina state judiciary with experience on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Court.

Martin learned the value of public service from his parents, Colonel M. Dean Martin and Ann Martin. His father served in the United States Air Force and his mother worked as a school teacher. After Colonel Martin retired from the military, he served as a business professor at Western Carolina University until his death in 1990. Martin followed his parents to Cullowhee, graduating summa cum laude from Western. He received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Martin later earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia.

In November 1998, Martin was elected to fill an open seat on the Supreme Court. At the time of his installation, at age 35, he was the youngest Supreme Court justice in North Carolina history. Martin had previously served on the Court of Appeals beginning in 1994, and as Resident Superior Court Judge in Greenville, Judicial District 3A, from 1992 to 1994. Prior to his judicial service, Martin served as legal counsel to Governor James G. Martin (no relation), practiced law at the McNair Law Firm in Raleigh, and clerked for United States District Judge Clyde H. Hamilton.

Martin has served in a number of leadership roles within the North Carolina Bar Association, including as its Vice-President and as a member of its Litigation Section Council, Judicial Independence Committee, and Strategic Planning and Emerging Trends Committee. He has taught law courses at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina Central University. In 2003, Martin chaired the Commission on the Future of the North Carolina Business Court. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Carolina Law Alumni Association and the Wake County Bar Association.

Martin is dedicated to strengthening and advancing the rule of law. He is the Immediate Past-Chair of the ABA Judicial Division and previously served as Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference. As a member and as Chair of the Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) Board of Directors, Martin has worked on a national level to support continuing education for appellate judges, appellate lawyers, and appellate court staff attorneys. He chaired the 2008 AJEI Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. He co-chaired the 2009 National Summit on Fair and Impartial State Courts, in which representatives from thirty-eight jurisdictions participated and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.) served as Honorary Host. Martin is a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award in North Carolina. In November 2011, Martin was inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society of the National Center for State Courts.

Martin is married to Kym Lake Martin and is the proud father of five children.



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