Retired N.C. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Linda McGee received the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award during the fall meeting of the N.C. State Bar Council in Raleigh for exemplary service to the legal profession.

The award was presented during the State Bar Councilor’s Dinner attended by councilors from across the state.

McGee received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as the first executive director of the N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers (now N.C. Advocates for Justice) from 1973 to 1978. She practiced law in Boone for more than 17 years in the law firm of Di Santi, Watson & McGee

She was appointed to the N.C. Court of Appeals in 1995 by Gov. Jim Hunt. She ran three statewide races and was elected in 1996 to an eight-year term and re-elected in 2004 and 2012.   In 2014, she was named chief judge of the Court of Appeals.  McGee is the longest-serving judge in the history of the Court of Appeals, having served 26 years, until her retirement at the end of 2020.