Justice Jackson to speak at RCC’s Constitution Day event

Staff report

Recognize Constitution Day on Wednesday during an hour-long event at Richmond Community College in Hamlet and hear from North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson.

Justice Barbara Jackson

Justice Barbara Jackson

Jackson will speak to RCC students, faculty and staff for a celebration of Constitution Day, which commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 brave men on Sept. 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Jackson was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2010. Her term expires in 2018. She served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2004 to 2010 and was general counsel for the state commissioner of labor from 2001 to 2004.

From 1996 to 2001, Jackson was an attorney for the law firm Holt York McDarris & High. Prior to that, she served four years as deputy general counsel to North Carolina Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Jackson defeated Robert C. Hunter in the general election, winning 51.87 percent of the vote.[1] She was elected to the seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court being vacated by Edward Thomas Brady.[5]

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and ‘New Style’ Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal.

Jackson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.76, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.01 that justices received in North Carolina. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[6]

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