Former Court of Appeals Judge Mark Davis will be installed today as an associate justice of the state Supreme Court. It will be live-streamed on the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s Facebook page.
Davis is filling the seat once occupied by new Chief Justice Cheri Beasley. Gov. Roy Cooper named Beasley to the chief justice role earlier this year when the former chief justice, Mark Martin, retired at the end of February to take a job as the dean of Regent University’s law school.
Cooper has two vacancies now to fill on the Court of Appeals, one stemming from Davis’ departure and another stemming from the recent retirement of Judge Bob Hunter. His office has not responded to a request about when he will announce those appointments.
This is the second time Davis, a registered Democrat, has succeeded Beasley. He was appointed to her Court of Appeals seat by former Gov. Bev Perdue in 2012, and won election to a full eight-year term in 2014. Davis was previously Perdue’s general counsel and, before that, served as a special deputy attorney general at the North Carolina Department of Justice.
Davis, who was born in Onslow County, also worked for more than a decade in the litigation section of the Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice firm, now Womble Bonds Dickinson. He is the first Jewish person to serve on the high court.
His appointment shifts the balance of the Supreme Court to a 6-1 Democratic majority. Watch his installment below.