RALEIGH, N.C. — Judge Sidney S. Eagles, Jr., an attorney in Smith Moore Leatherwood's Raleigh office and former Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals, was recently elected to membership in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He is one of only four North Carolina attorneys to be a member of the highly respected organization.
The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers was founded in 1990 to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers and promote the improvement of appellate advocacy and the administration of the appellate courts. Academy membership is open only to a person who possesses a reputation of recognized distinction as an appellate lawyer. To be eligible for membership, a nominee's practice must have focused substantially on appeals during at least the last 15 years. Academy membership is limited to 500 members in the United States and is by invitation only. Candidates for membership are nominated by a present Academy member, reviewed and approved by a Membership Evaluation Committee, and elected at an Academy meeting.
"I am deeply honored to have been elected as a member of the Academy," said Judge Eagles. "It is an incredibly well-respected organization dedicated to advancing appellate law practice across the United States, and I am privileged to be included."
Judge Eagles joined Smith Moore Leatherwood in 2004 and focuses his practice on appellate litigation and mediation and dispute resolution. Since being licensed in 1964, he has worked on more than sixty appellate cases in the state appellate courts and has argued cases in both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. From 1983 to 2004, he served as the Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals where he wrote more than 900 appellate opinions and sat as a judge on approximately 5,000 appellate cases. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Eagles served nine years as a Special Deputy Attorney General and appeared before the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1976 to 1980, he was Counsel to the Speaker of the North Carolina House.
Judge Eagles received his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and his juris doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law. He is a certified mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. For more than 30 years, he taught as an adjunct professor at Campbell University's School of Law.
"The Academy accepts the top veteran appellate attorneys throughout the country," said former North Carolina Chief Justice Jim Exum, a member of the faculty of Elon University Law School in Greensboro, N.C., and one of the other three North Carolina attorneys to be an Academy fellow. "Judge Eagles, who leads the Appellate Practice Group at Smith Moore Leatherwood, has built an exceptional and long-standing appellate practice over his career and is fully deserving of membership to the Academy."
Judge Eagles will be inducted into the Academy at the annual spring meeting, held April 25-27 in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information about the Academy, visit http://www.appellateacademy.org.