By Mickayla McCann
Judge John Arrowood is running for election to the NC Court of Appeals this November to ensure that all North Carolinians receive equal treatment under the law.
Arrowood was appointed to the Court by Governor Roy Cooper in April 2017 to fill the vacancy created by Judge Doug McCullough’s resignation. Arrowood previously served on the Court from 2007 to 2008 after being appointed by Governor Mike Easley. Seeking to serve his first full term, Arrowood believes that he has what it takes to administer justice for all.
“I think it is absolutely critical that we have judges on the Court of Appeals who have experience and independence,” Arrowood said. “I believe that my 26 years of private practice, my five years on the Court of Appeals prior to that, and my work in public service while I was in private practice are experiences the court needs at this time.”
Arrowood was the first member of his family to obtain a college degree, showing considerable determination to continue his education after his parents passed away when he was just 15. He obtained his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law, and began his career as a research assistant and staff attorney on the Court of Appeals. He then devoted 26 years to employment and commercial litigation at the private practice of James, McElroy, and Diehl in Charlotte. Prior to his first appointment to the Court, he also served as a Special Superior Court Judge. Over the course of his career, Arrowood has authored over 180 opinions, concurrences, and dissents.
“I have a unique experience for the court and a proven record of independence, fairness, and treating everyone equally under the law,” Arrowood said.
While Arrowood’s stellar performance as a trial and appellate judge has earned him an AV rating in Martindale Hubble, Arrowood is also extensively involved in his community. He is a member of the North Carolina Banking Commission, the North Carolina Rules Review Commission, the North Carolina Art’s Council, and the board of directors of the North Carolina Railroad Company. He is also an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where he serves as the Chancellor for the Parish, the Chair of Outreach Grants’ Commission, and the Delegate to the Diocesan Convention.
As a judge, Arrowood thinks the recent legislation that Republicans have pushed to reduce the Court from 15 judges to 12 would hinder the Court’s ability to handle cases in a timely manner. “I think it’s critical that we maintain a court of 15, rather than what the legislature is trying to reduce, so that the litigants are able to have efficient and fast resolutions of their cases,” Arrowood said.
Above all, Arrowood states that he is committed to rendering decisions fairly and without favoritism to any party.
“I do not have any agenda to pursue or any platform to advance other than to dispense equal justice under the law,” Arrowood told Indy Week. “I pledge to perform my responsibilities with integrity and to the best of my ability.”
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