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Robinson Oscar Everett

Robinson Oscar Everett, American federal judge, educator. Bar: North Carolina 1950, District of Columbia 1954. Named to Association General Practice Hall of Fame, 2006; recipient Judge John Jay Parker award, North Carolina Bar Association, 2004.


  • Everett, Robinson Oscar was born on March 18, 1928 in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Son of Reuben Oscar and Kathrine McDiarmid (Robinson) Everett.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1947. Juris Doctor magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1950. Master of Laws, Duke University, 1959.


    • Professor law Duke University Law School, Durham, North Carolina, 1950—1951, 1956—2009, founder, Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, 1993—2009. Commissioner United States Court Military Appeals, Washington, 1953-1955. Chief judge United States Court Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1980-1990, judge, 1990—1992, senior judge, 1992—2009.

      Practice law Durham, 1955-1980. Councilor North Carolina State Bar Council, 1978-1983. President, director Triangle Telecasters, Durham, 1966-1977.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: North Carolina 1950, District of Columbia 1954.


    • Author: Military Justice, 1956. Associate editor Law & Contemporary Problems, 1950-1951, 56-66. Contributor articles to legal journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Chair, Durham Redevelopment Commission, 1959-1975. Served as 1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1951-1953. To colonel Reserve (retired).

    Member American Law Institute (life), Conference Commissioners Uniform State Laws (life), Durham Bar Association (president 1976-1977).


    • Married Linda Moore McGregor, August 27, 1966. Children: Robinson Oscar Junior, James Douglas McGregor, Lewis Moore.
    • father: Reuben Oscar Everett
    • mother: Kathrine McDiarmid (Robinson) Everett
    • spouse: Linda Moore McGregor
    • children: Robinson Oscar Junior Everett
    • James Douglas McGregor Everett
    • Lewis Moore Everett
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    Died June 12, 2009
    (aged 81)