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Justice Cheri Beasley

Justice Cheri Beasley

Professional Resume of Justice Cheri Beasley

Professional Experience

Supreme Court of North Carolina, Associate Justice
December 2012 - present Raleigh, NC
Appointed and commissioned to hear appeals of right and by discretionary review and other matters from the lower trial courts and state agencies
North Carolina Court of Appeals, Associate Judge
January 2009 – December 2012 Raleigh, NC
Elected and commissioned to hear appeals from the lower trial courts and state agencies. Authored 400 opinions and decided nearly 1200 cases.
District Court Judge
February 1999 - 2008 Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC
Commissioned to preside in District Court to include traffic, criminal, domestic, juvenile and civil sessions of court and handle all other matters under the purview of the District Court. Assigned to Family Court and Certified Juvenile Court Judge.
Assistant Public Defender
January 1994 – February 1999
Twelfth Judicial District Fayetteville, Cumberland County, NC Represented criminal defendants with felony and/or misdemeanor charges. Managed a caseload of several hundred clients on charges ranging from misdemeanors to capital murder.
Instructor (Part-time) Business Law I
March 1995 - May 1995 Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, NC
Taught the first level of Business Law. Subject areas included the litigation process, Intentional torts, Negligence, Intellectual property rights, criminal law and business crimes, and contracts.


North Carolina

Professional Activities

2012 Henry Toll Fellow, Council on State Governments
NCBA Appellate Advocacy CLE, presenter, October 2012
Lecture for Appellate Advocacy and Trial Advocacy classes at UNC School of Law and NCCU School of Law, 2009 - present.
Presenter, New Judges’ School for District Court Judges, “Judicial Philosophy” UNC-CH School of Government, 2006 - 2007
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, (NITA) Faculty, Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2006, 2007
American Bar Association, 1993 - present
Appellate Judges’ Conference, 2009 - present
Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary, 2011 - present
National Bar Association, 1994 - present
North Carolina Bar Association, 1993 - present
Litigation Council, 2009 - 2011
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, Endowment Committee, 2011 - present
Women in the Profession, 2012 - present
Appellate Rules Committee, 2013 – present
North Carolina Association of District Court Judges, 1999 - 2008
N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1996 - 1999
N.C. Association of Women Attorneys, 1995 - present
N.C. Association of Black Lawyers, 1994 - present
Board of Governors, 1996 - 1999
Bar Relations Committee Chairperson, 1998 - 1999
Cumberland County Bar Association, 1994 - present
Professional Standards Committee, 2006 - 2009
Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar, 2009 - present
Capital City Lawyers Association, 1994 - 1996
Young Lawyers of Cumberland County, 1994 - 2000
Cumberland County Association of Defense Attorneys, 1994 - 1999
Fayetteville Bench & Bar, Founder and First President, 1994, Member, 1994 - present

Community Involvement

The Women’s Forum of North Carolina, 2007 - present
NETWORTH, 2007 - 2010
Fayetteville State University Community Advisory Council, 2006 - 2010
Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2009
Chair of Administrative Committee, 2005 - 2009
Women’s Center of Fayetteville, Board of Directors, 2005 - 2010
Junior League of Fayetteville (former director), 1998 - present
City of Fayetteville Zoning Commission, 1996 - 1997
NAACP Subscribing Life Member, 1997 - present
Fayetteville Museum of Art Board of Trustees, term 1998 - 2001


The University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN
Juris Doctor
Activities: Moot Court Board, Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team, Black Law Student Association, Student Bar Association, ABA Student Division.
The University of Oxford, Oxford, England
Earned six credits at the Summer Program in Law at Oxford, sponsored by Florida State University School of Law.
Rutgers University/Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ
B.A. in Political Science and Economics, with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. Activities: Women and Public Policy Seminar in Washington, DC intern; Forum for Women State Legislators in San Diego, CA, intern; Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN); House Chairwoman of Nicholas Dormitory.