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James Gooden Exum

James Gooden Exum, state supreme court chief justice. Bar: North Carolina 1960. Recipient William R. Davie award University North Carolina, 1990, Distinguished Alumnus award, 1991, Alumni Achievement award New York University, 1992.


  • Exum, James Gooden was born on September 14, 1935 in Snow Hill, North Carolina, United States. Son of James Gooden and Mary Wall (Bost) Exum.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1957. Bachelor of Laws, New York University, 1960.


    • Law clerk to Justice Emery Denny, North Carolina Supreme Court, 1960-1961. Associate firm Smith, Moore, Smith, Schell & Hunter, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1961-1967. Resident judge Superior Court, 1967-1974.

      Associate justice North Carolina Supreme Court, Raleigh, 1975-1986, chief justice, since 1986. Member adjunct faculty Law School University North Carolina, 1978-1985.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: North Carolina 1960.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Republican North Carolina General Assembly, 1967. Served to captain United States Army Reserve, 1963-1967. Member American Bar Association (council criminal justice section 1981-1985, chairman criminal justice standards committee 1990-1993, member house of deals since 1994), North Carolina Bar Association (member committee on alternative dispute resolution 1985-1987, appellate rules 1985-1987), University North Carolina Alumni Association (president 1987-1988, Distinguished Service award 1991), Raleigh Racquet Club, Cardinal Club, Sherwood Racquet and Swim Club, Watauga Club.


    • Married Judith McNeill Jamison, June 29, 1963. Children– James Gooden, Steven Jamison, Mary March Williams.
    • father: James Gooden Exum
    • mother: Mary Wall (Bost) Exum
    • spouse: Judith McNeill Jamison
    • children: James Gooden Exum
    • Steven Jamison Exum
    • Mary March Williams Exum
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