Greensboro, N.C. — Smith Moore Leatherwood is pleased to announce that the North Carolina Supreme Court honored Chief Justice James Gooden Exum Jr. with an unveiling of his portrait on Tuesday, October 13. Elected to be Chief Justice in 1986, Exum has had a long and distinguished career in North Carolina’s judicial system.
“The ceremony in which my portrait was presented to the court was a memorable event in my life. I was glad so many friends and colleagues were present to share it with my family and me,” said Exum.
While an associate justice and chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, Exum wrote 402 opinions for the court and 208 concurring or dissenting opinions. As a lawyer, he has participated in over 40 appeals in state and federal appellate courts.
After retiring as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in December 1994, Exum returned to the firm as counsel in 1996. In addition to supervising and assisting other lawyers with all aspects of appeals in state and federal courts, he personally participated in writing briefs and making oral arguments before appellate and trial courts on legal issues. He worked with other lawyers at the trial level in identifying and preserving legal questions likely to be determined on appeal.
Among his many achievements, Exum received the John McNeill Smith Jr. Award from the North Carolina Bar Association, which honors a person who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the ideals embodied in the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of North Carolina. Additionally, he was named Greensboro Lawyer of the Year for appellate practice in 2014 and has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America® for appellate law for nine consecutive years (2007-2016). He has also received the Judge John J. Parker Award from the North Carolina Bar Association, the Alumni Achievement Award from New York University School of Law and the Herbert Harley Award from the American Judicature Society.
Exum graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957 and received his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1960.
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