Sharp, Susie Marshall
1907 - 1996

Born: 7/7/1907 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Died: 3/1/1996
Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
Professional Facts

Regions and States of Practice:
NC, South
Legal Education:
University of North Carolina School of Law, 1929
Positions During Her Career:
City attorney for Reidsville
Title attorney for First Federal Savings & Loan Association in Reidsville
Joined her father's private practice of Sharp and Sharp (1929-1949)
Attorney for receiver of clerk of the Superior Court of Rockingham County
Judge on North Carolina's Superior Court (1949-1962)
Judge on the North Carolina Supreme Court (1962-1974)
Elected chief justice of North Carolina (1975-1979)
Editor of the North Carolina Law Review
Woman judge in the state of North Carolina (1949)
Woman judge to be appointed to North Carolina's Supreme Court (March 9, 1962)
Woman chief justice in North Carolina (1974, taking office January 2, 1975)

Further Research Materials

Susie Sharp Chief Justice
Susie Sharp Chief Justice, Presentation Address, Franklin Freeman, Presentation of the Portrait of Susie Sharp Chief Justice Supreme Court of North Carolina 1974 - 1991, June 11, 1996, available at;
N.O. Stockmeyer Jr., Hail to the Chiefs: A Tribute to America's Women Chief Justices, Benchmark: Thomas M. Cooley Law School Magazine, Vol. XVII No. 1, Hilary Term 1995, pp.6-7
Laura Miller Derry, Digest of Women Lawyers and Judges. Lousville, Kentucky: Dunne Press (1949)
Susie Sharp Papers Inventory (#4898)
Susie Sharp Papers Inventory (#4898), Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , available at:

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