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Justice Barbara A. Jackson (Ret.), J.D., LL.M.
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North CarolinaSenior Lecturing Fellow

Justice Barbara A. Jackson (Ret.), J.D., LL.M.


Barbara Jackson is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Jackson received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Thomas J. Watson National Merit Scholar, and served on the staff of the Law Review and as President of Phi Delta Phi in law school. She also has a Master of Laws in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law.

Jackson joined the Supreme Court of North Carolina 20 years after beginning her career there as a law clerk for (then Associate) Justice Burley B. Mitchell Jr. She retired from the Supreme Court at the end of 2018. Previously, she served as Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals for six years. Prior to taking office, she practiced law for 14 years, including serving as General Counsel to Commissioner Cherie Berry in the North Carolina Department of Labor. She also worked in Governor James G. Martin’s office, for an advocacy agency for persons with disabilities, and in private practice concentrating in the area of land use and local government law prior to returning to public service at the Labor Department.

In May 2015, Jackson was appointed as one of five co-chairs of a North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, charged with focusing on the area of technology and the courts.

Justice Jackson is a member of the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA, and served as State Chair for North Carolina. She is a past member of the Board of Governors and Section Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association, and remains active in other sections and committees. Justice Jackson also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association. She is a past member of both the North Carolina Courts Commission and the Dispute Resolution Commission.