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Patricia Timmons-Goodson appointed to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Former NC Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson has been appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by President Barack Obama.

Timmons-Goodson served for six years as an associate justice on the state’s highest court before announcing she would retire in 2012 – two years before the end of her term.

As a member of the Commission on Civil Rights, Timmons-Goodson will join the 8-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.

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a Democrat from Wilson, said in a press release that Timmons-Goodson was a good choice for the position because she has a history of protecting civil rights.

“Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson possesses the experience, judgment and integrity to advance the mission of the Commission in developing sound civil rights policy and overseeing enforcement of civil rights laws,” said Butterfield.

Karen Narasaki, the current chair of the Asian American Diversity Advisory Council for Comcast and NBCU and Co-Chair of the Asian American Advisory Council for Nielsen, was also appointed to the Commission.

“I am pleased to welcome two such distinguished persons as Commissioners Narasaki and Timmons-Goodson to the Commission,” said of the Commission, in a statement. “Their record of progressive leadership in civil rights will contribute greatly to our work as the nation’s conscience on civil rights.”

Timmons-Goodson began her legal career in North Carolina in 1981, serving as district attorney in Cumberland County, district court judge and the associate judge of the Court of Appeals before becoming the first female African American on the state Supreme Court.