Guilford trustee and parent and former N.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by President Barack Obama.
Patricia, who has been a trustee since October 2009, served for six years as an associate justice and the first African American woman on the state’s highest court. She began her legal career in 1981, serving as district attorney in Cumberland County, district court judge and associate judge of the Court of Appeals.
As a member of the Commission on Civil Rights, she will join the right-member panel in informing the development of national civil rights policy and in enhancing enforcement of federal civil rights laws. The commission was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957 to develop national civil rights policy.