Rudolph G. Singleton Jr.
Rudolph G. Singleton Jr. (“Rudy”) received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in 1952 and his law degree from the Wake Forest School of Law in 1954.
Mr. Singleton spent two years serving our country as a member of the United States Army Counter Intelligence Corps. After his discharge from the army, Mr. Singleton embarked on a legal career spanning almost 60 years. During that time he has worked as an assistant district attorney, as the Fayetteville City attorney, and in private practice.
Mr. Singleton is particularly well known for representing Fayetteville and Cumberland Counties in successful litigation pertaining to the Jordan Dam/Cape Fear River watershed impoundment case. That victory gained the consent to build the New Hope Dam and give the down-stream river basin area of the Cape Fear River control of water levels, additional water supply, and safer recreation.
Mr. Singleton has served as the president of the Cumberland County Bar Association, as a panel member for the American Arbitration Association, and on the Board of Governors for the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. In recognition of these and other contributions, Mr. Singleton was inducted to the NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame.
Mr. Singleton is known for being generous with his time and advice for young lawyers. He is also known for generously sharing his knowledge, experience, and practice pointers with all lawyers, new and old. Mr. Singleton is the embodiment of the high ideals of the legal profession and has demonstrated consistent service to his profession, his community, his church, and his nation.
Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson
Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson received her BA and JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her L.L.M. from Duke University Law School. She began her career working for the United States Census Bureau. She went on to serve as an ADA for the Twelfth Judicial District in Fayetteville and as a staff attorney for Lumbee River Legal Services.
In 1984 Justice Timmons-Goodson began a 28 year tenure on the bench on three different courts. She was the district judge of the Twelfth Judicial District from 1984 to 1997, associate judge of the NC Court of Appeals from 1997 to 2005, and associate justice of the NC Supreme Court from 2006 to 2012. Upon taking her seat in February 2006, she was the first African American woman to serve on the NC Supreme Court.
Her years of judicial service have been recognized with awards such as the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Liberty Bell, Appellate Justice of the Year, three honorary degrees, and induction into the North Carolina Women's Hall of Fame. She also received the National Bar Association’s Wiley A. Branton Award, the William R. Davie Award from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Order of the Valkyries (UNC's highest women's honorary recognizing scholarship and leadership), and the Order of the Old Well.
In 2014 Justice Timmons-Goodson was appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights by President Barack Obama. She has served as the vice chair of that commission since 2015.
Justice Timmons-Goodson is an active member of the American Bar Association, where she serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA Journal and the ABA Law School Accreditation Committee. She serves on the Guilford College Board of Trustees, The Fayetteville Chapter of Links, Incorporated, and the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Civil War Center.
Justice Timmons-Goodson’s unquestionable commitment to the principles and goals stated in the preamble to the Rules of Professional Conduct make her a most deserving recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award.
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