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Paul Newby – Duke

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice

Road to Greatness

North Carolina Alpha Phi Paul Newby was elected as a Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2004. Brother Newby has been a key factor in many cases since his election.

He is also known for his creativity in his dissents. In State v. Keyshawn Jones (2017), Newby wrote his dissent based on the Frank Capra classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Paul continued to utilize the film’s plot in relation to this larceny case, “Was Old Man Potter simply morally corrupt or was he also guilty of a crime?”

Brother Newby feels as though his greatest impact stems from actively influencing law in North Carolina and having strong relationships with attorneys and other Justices that he works with daily, “It’s a great opportunity to ensure the rule of law is enforced.” Newby was also famously quoted in ESPN’s 30 for 30 film Fantastic Lies, “I have lived my entire life in the state of North Carolina, except for the four years I spent at Duke.”

In addition to his illustrious career in the courtroom, Paul finds his purpose in faith, family and friends. Alongside his wife and his 4 children, Paul enjoys playing tennis, pickleball, and pretty much any sport with a racket.


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