Gov. Bev Perdue on Monday appointed Mark Davis, the governor’s general counsel, to the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Davis will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Cheri Beasley to the N.C. Supreme Court.
The governor also reappointed Special Superior Court Judge Calvin Murphy to the bench. Murphy worked in private practice in Charlotte for 25 years before becoming a judge. Before that, he spent five years as a state prosecutor.
Murphy has served as a special superior court judge since 2007. In 2010, N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker appointed Murphy to serve on North Carolina’s Business Court as a special superior court judge for complex business cases.
Perdue also appointed as special superior court judges Reuben Young, now the Secretary of the N.C. Department of Public Safety, and Kendra Hill, who has served as the chief ethics officer and deputy general counsel for the Office of the Governor.
“I am pleased and proud to appoint these outstanding public servants to judicial positions serving the people of North Carolina,” Perdue said. “I know they will perform their duties with distinction and honor.”
Murphy has been active in numerous bar organizations and other legal groups. He has served in leadership roles as president of the N.C. State Bar, as a member of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers’ board of governors and as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s executive committee. He currently sits on the Davidson College board of trustees.
Murphy graduated magna cum laude from N.C. Central University’s law school and received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College.
Davis has served the past two years as general counsel to Perdue. From 2006 to 2011, he worked as a special deputy attorney general in the N.C. Department of Justice’s special litigation section. Before joining the Department of Justice, he spent 13 years in private practice, focusing on civil and appellate litigation. He has successfully argued cases before the N.C. Supreme Court, the N.C. Court of Appeals and the federal appeals court.
Reuben Young practiced law in Texas from 1987 to 1995, working as a prosecutor and an assistant attorney general along with a stint in private practice. After moving to North Carolina, he worked in the N.C. Department of Justice for six years representing the Department of Public Safety in both state and federal court. He then served in the Office of the Governor, first as deputy legal counsel and then as chief legal counsel.
Hill, before serving as chief ethics officer and deputy general counsel for the Office of the Governor, spent nine years as assistant legal counsel for the North Carolina School Boards Association. She also served as senior director of employee relations for the Wake County Public School system for two years.
She served as a member of the N.C. Bar Association’s Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005. Hill graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. She received her bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Duke University in political science and African-American studies.