Douglas Albright

W. DOUGLAS ALBRIGHT
  • Jan 19, 1939: Born in West Lafayette, Ind.
  • 1957: Graduates from Grimsley High School, attains place on the Daily News All-State Basketball selection.
  • 1958-61: Duke University Basketball forward, ACC Honor Roll, member of Phi Beta Kappa. Graduates with Liberal Arts degree
  • 1961: Marries Mary Egerton of Greensboro
  • 1964: Does legal research for Sen. B. Everett Jordan while attending American University, Washington, D.C. – graduates (LL.B) 1964
  • 1964: Becomes associate in the general practice of law at Egerton and Alspaugh & Rivenbark
  • 1967: Becomes assistant solicitor under Charles T. Kivett
  • 1969: Takes Kivett’s place as solicitor of the Guilford court.
  • 1973: Title changes from solicitor to District Attorney
  • 1973: Elected president of the North Carolina District Attorneys Association
  • 1975: Sworn in as Superior Court judge
  • 1979: Appointed to the state Judicial Standards Commission by Chief Justice Susie Sharp
  • 1984: Becomes senior resident Superior Court judge
  • 1985: Named vice president of the North Carolina Bar Association
  • 1989: Suffers a heart attack in his chambers but is back at work two months later.
  • 1994: Guilford County Board of Commissioners names courtroom 4C after Albright calling him a leader and ``an exemplary public servant of unquestioned honesty and integrity.''
  • 1999: Undergoes triple bypass surgery but returns to work without complications.
  • 2002: Becomes the last judge and one a few judges who have presided in all of North Carolina's 100 counties.
  • 2004: Called to testify in a capital case he prosecuted in 1967.
  • June 2005: Sparks controversy over his comment, "An oath on the Quran is not a lawful oath under our law.”
  • Dec. 2005: The state’s longest- serving Superior Court judge sites health worries as the reason that he will retire Dec. 31, giving up a judgeship that his son, Guilford District Attorney Stuart Albright could take over.
  • Jan 2006: Retired Albright is appointed by Gov. Mike Easley to serve as a Superior Court emergency judge, one of 24 currently in the state.
Compiled by Diane Lamb, News & Record News Researcher

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