Robin Elizabeth Hudson

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: February 20, 1952

Date Died: Living

Place Born: Atlanta, GA

Place Buried: Living


Associate Justice 2007 - TBD

Robin Elizabeth Hudson was born on February 20, 1952 in Atlanta, GA. Her parents moved to Greensboro, NC in 1966. She graduated from W.H. Page Senior High School in Greensboro in 1969. She earned her B.A. degree in Philosophy and Psychology at Yale University in 1973. She then earned her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1976. She passed the NC bar in 1976.

Robin Elizabeth Hudson married Victor Farah; they have two children.

From 1977 to 1984, Robin Elizabeth Hudson was a partner in the law firm of Hassell & Hudson in Raleigh, NC.

From 1978 to 2001, Robin Elizabeth Hudson was a Member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers.

From 1993 to 2001, Robin Elizabeth Hudson had her own private law practice in Raleigh, NC.

In the 2000 General Election, Robin Elizabeth Hudson was elected as a Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She served from January 2001 until January of 2007.

In the 2006 General Elections, Robin Elizabeth Hudson was elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, replacing Associate Justice George L. Wainwright, Jr., who did not seek re-election. She was sworn in during January of 2007, and she was re-elected in 2014.

In 2009, Robin Elizabeth Hudson became the President of the Women's Forum of North Carolina.

Early Years

Born in DeKalb County, Georgia in 1952, Robin E. Hudson moved to Greensboro, NC with her family in 1966.

Personal Information

Married, with two grown children.

Educational Background

Graduate of Page Senior High School, Greensboro, 1969. Graduated from Yale University in 1973 with a BA degree in philosophy and psychology. Received J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1976.

Professional Background

Admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1976 and practiced law in Raleigh and Durham until her election to the Court of Appeals in November 2000. She is the first North Carolina woman elected to the appellate court division without having been appointed first. She served on the NC Court of Appeals from January 2001 until December 2006. During that time, she helped organize and coordinate the Court of Appeals voluntary mediation program. She began her 8-year term on the Supreme Court in January 2007.

Except for 3 years as assistant appellant defender in the mid-1980's, she practiced law in the private sector and handled a variety of trials and appeals, but concentrated on workers' compensation and tort litigation, with particular emphasis on occupational diseases and products liability. She practiced extensively before the Industrial Commission, as well as in State and Federal courts. Since 1994, she has been certified to mediate cases from Superior Court and the Industrial Commission.

Professional Organizations

Member of the founding steering committee for the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys in 1978; member Wake Women Attorneys. Member of the North Carolina Bar Association and various committees, including Litigation Section Council; Wake County Bar Association. Member North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers. Member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1978-2001. Presenter at numerous Continuing Legal Education programs. Member, National Association of Women Judges, American Bar Association Appellate Judges Conference. North Carolina Judicial Conference, Treasurer since 2002.

Sir Walter Cabinet, life member; member various community organizations.

Boards And Commissions

Member, Women’s Forum of North Carolina since 2001, Board member and Secretary 2004-05. Member Board of Governors of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1993-99, and chair, Workers' Compensation section, 1993-98. Member, Family Court Advisory Committee since 2001.

Appointed to the NC Industrial Commission Advisory Council in 1994 and served until December 2000. Appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., as chair of the NC OSHA Review Board, 1994-99. Reappointed to board 1999, resigned upon joining the Court of Appeals.


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