Retired North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr, a 2008 Republican
gubernatorial candidate, visited with students, faculty and staff at
Elon University School of Law Thursday, Jan. 31.
event was sponsored by
Elon Law Republicans.
Orr was appointed to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 1986 and served until
his election to the N.C. Supreme Court in 1994. He was reelected in
2002 and retired in 2004 to lead the newly formed N.C. Institute for
Orr was active in Republican politics in western North Carolina before
his appointment to the Court of Appeals. After earning undergraduate
and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Orr served three years in the U.S. Army and eventually established a
law practice in Asheville. He served as chairman of the Buncombe County
GOP and coordinated the 11th Congressional District gubernatorial
campaign for eventual winner Jim Martin.
Active on a variety of professional boards and commissions, Orr has
chaired the National Park System Advisory Board and the Southeastern
Conference on Genetics in the Courtroom. He has also served as vice
president of the N.C. Bar Association and served on the N.C. Chief
Justice’s Innocence Commission.
Orr has taught appellate advocacy and state constitutional law at
several law schools and serves on the Board of Visitors at N.C. Central
University School of Law.