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Sidney Smith Eagles, Edit Profile

Sidney Smith Eagles,, American lawyer and retired judge. Bar: North Carolina 1964. Named Distinguished Law Alumnus, Wake Forest University, 1981; North Carolina Justice Foundation fellow, 1972.


Eagles,, Sidney Smith was born on August 5, 1939 in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. Son of Sidney Smith Senior and Mildred Truman (Brite) Eagles.


Bachelor, Wake Forest University, 1961. Juris Doctor, Wake Forest University, 1964.


Revisor General Statutes Commission, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1967-1970. Assistant attorney general legislation drafting service Office Attorney General North Carolina, 1970-1974, deputy attorney general special prosecution division, 1974-1976. Counsel to speaker North Carolina State Legislature, 1976-1980.

Partner Eagles Hafer & Hall, 1977-1982. Judge North Carolina Court Appeals, 1983—2004, chief judge, 1998—2004. Of counsel Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, since 2004.

Adjunct professor Campbell University School Law, since 1977. Chairman North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission, 1994—1996. Member faculty Appellate Judges School Law School New York University, New York City, 1993—1999.

Member Uniform Laws Conference, 1968—1983, since 1992, life member, 2000.


Vice president Raleigh Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1972-1973. Member Senatorial District Democratic Committee, 1979-1981. Board directors Wake County (North Carolina) Symphony Society, 1980-1981, Women's Aid of Wake County, since 1978, Carolinas District Kiwanis Found, 2004-2005.

Board elders, board deacons, trustee, teacher Sunday school Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, since 1980, Chairman board, 1989. Board visitors Wake Forest University School Law. Vice chair board trustees Barton College, 1999, chair, 2002-2007.

Served to captain United States Air Force, 1964-1967. Colonel, retired 1991. Member American Bar Association (chairman appellate judges conference 1993-1994, member appellate judicial education committee 1994-1998, house of deals 1992-2009, member legal education since 2002), American Law Institute (life), North Carolina Bar Association (vice president 1989-1990), Wake County Bar Association (chairman executive committee 1975, president since 2006), North Carolina State Bar, Executives Club (president 1985), Kiwanis (distinguished president Raleigh 1986-1987, distinguished lieutenant governor 1995, Kiwanian of Year award 1989), Phi Delta Phi, Phi Alpha Delta (James Iredell award 1990), Wake Bar (Chief Justice Joseph Branch Professionalism award 2008).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: politics, reading.


Married Rachel Phillips, May 22, 1965. Children: Virginia Brite, Margaret Phillips.