On Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 12 noon, an investiture ceremony was held to install Carolyn J. Thompson into the Office of Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
This solemn occasion was attended by Judge Thompson’s family, friends, elected officials, members of the Court, and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. An overflow crowd watched the proceedings at the First Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Chief Judge Donna Stroud presided and delivered historical context for the setting of the Courtroom and the NC Court of Appeals Building. The Court of Appeals is located in a building directly across the street from the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh. The Court building was constructed in 1913, and over the years, the building housed the State Library, the Supreme Court, and the Utilities Commission. The Court of Appeals first moved into part of the building in 1967 and now occupies all four floors.
Former NC Supreme Court Justice Michael R. Morgan introduced Judge Thompson to the Court. He provided details of her biography, educational background, and judicial experience, which has brought her to this moment of profound significance in her life and career.
NC Attorney General Josh Stein was present to bestow the official public certification. Patricia Timmons-Goodson, former NC Supreme Court Justice, and Dean of the NC Central University School of Law, administered the Oath of Office.
A reception followed the investiture.