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State supreme court justice

James William Copeland was state supreme court justice. Bar: North Carolina bar 1936. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award Guilford College, 1980. Served as lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association (delegate trial judges conference 1968-1975, appellate judges conference 1975-1985) Clubs: Masons, Shriners.

Background

Copeland, James William was born on June 16, 1914 in Woodland, North Carolina, United States. Son of Luther Clifton and Nora Lucille (Benthall) Copeland.

Education

AB, Guilford College, 1934. Juris Doctor with honors, University North Carolina, 1937. Graduate, National College State Trial Judges, Reno, 1972.

Graduate, Senior Appellate Judges Conference, New York University, 1977.

Career

Practiced in, Woodland, 1937-1941, Murfreesboro, 1946-1961. Chairman Board Elections Northampton and Hertford Counties. Legislation counsel to Governor North Carolina, 1961.

Judge Superior Court, North Carolina, 1961-1975. The American Association For Justice North Carolina Supreme Court, 1975-1985, retired, since 1985. Member North Carolina Advisory Budget Commission, 1957-1961, North Carolina Bar Council, 1954-1957.

President North Carolina Trial Judges Conference, 1973-1974. Member North Carolina Senate, 1951-1961, chairman judiciary and appropriations committees, 1957, 59. Delegate Democratic Convention, 1956.

Achievements

  • Bar: North Carolina bar 1936.

Religion

Everyone needs salvation. Everyone can reach salvation.

Politics

The Church must be self-critical before it presumes to be critical of others.

Views

As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.

Membership

Served as lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association (delegate trial judges conference 1968-1975, appellate judges conference 1975-1985) Clubs: Masons, Shriners.

Connections

Married Nancy Hall Sawyer, October 11, 1941. Children– Emily Robinson, James William, Buxton Sawyer.

father:
Luther Clifton Copeland

mother:
Nora Lucille (Benthall) Copeland

spouse:
Nancy Hall Sawyer

child:
Emily Robinson Copeland

child:
James William Copeland

child:
Buxton Sawyer Copeland