February 21, 2012
Judge Ervin Files for NC Supreme Court Seat N.C. Court of Appeals Judge Sam J. Ervin, IV today made official his candidacy for the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He filed with the State Board of Elections to seek the seat currently held by Justice Paul Newby, one of seven seats on the state’s highest court.
Judge Ervin, a Morganton native, was elected to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 2008. He came to the Court from the North Carolina Utilities Commission where he served from 1999 through 2008.
“The law is the glue that holds society together. As a member of the Court of Appeals, I have applied it dispassionately, fairly, and conscientiously. I will do the same on the Supreme Court,” said Ervin.
Judge Ervin was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1981 and practiced law in his hometown of Morganton from 1981 until 1999. In private practice, Ervin handled a wide range of civil, criminal and administrative matters, including many appeals to the N.C. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina.
Judge Ervin attended the Burke County public schools and graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College in 1978. Ervin received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1981.
Ervin is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morganton, where he has served as a deacon and currently serves as an elder. He has been active in civic, charitable and bar-related activities and currently officiates youth, middle school and high school men’s and women’s soccer matches.
Judge Ervin is married to Mary Temple Ervin and has two step-children and two children. He resides in Morganton, in Burke County.