Salisbury Attorney Darrin D. Jordan was sworn in as the 87th president of the North Carolina State Bar by Chief Justice Paul Newby at the State Bar’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 7, 2021.
Jordan earned his BA from Catawba College in political science and accounting in 1987, and his JD from Campbell University School of Law in 1990.
A partner of Whitley Jordan, Inge & Rary, PA, he has been a board certified specialist in criminal law since 2004. He maintains a state and federal criminal law practice in Salisbury and he is admitted to the federal district courts in both the middle and western districts where he also is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel.
Jordan was a member of the North Carolina State Bar Council representing Judicial District 19C from 2010–2018, during which time he served as chair of the Ethics and Communications Committees as well as the Lawyers Assistance Program Board.
Jordan currently serves as chair of the NC Indigent Defense Services Commission and has been on the commission since 2014. In 2012, he was presented with the Professor John Rubin Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Defense Training Programs, which is awarded each year by the Indigent Defense Services Commission in honor of its namesake at the UNC School of Government. He has coordinated annual continuing legal education programs in Rowan County for the last 12 years in the areas of criminal law and family law.
Jordan is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, where he currently serves on the Board of Governors, and was a commissioner of Chief Justice Mark Martin’s Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice where he served on the Criminal Adjudication and Investigation Committee.
In addition to his numerous professional activities, Jordan formerly served on the Board of Directors for Elizabeth Hanford Dole Red Cross and the Rowan Helping Ministries. For six years he was the cub master of Cub Pack 254 of Bethpage United Methodist Church in Kannapolis. In 2011 he received the District Award of Merit for service to the Kannapolis District, Central North Carolina District of the Boy Scouts of America.
He resides in Kannapolis with his wife and two adult children and attends Harvest Community Church. He enjoys spending time in Cullowhee, North Carolina, fly fishing in the North Carolina mountains, and raising vegetables in his garden. He is also an amateur beekeeper.