Cooper names activist attorney to Court of Appeals

FILE - Allison Riggs, an attorney for some of the liberal challengers seeking to have North Carolina's new political maps ruled unconstitutional, questions state Rep. Destin Hall, a top Republican redistricting official, during a partisan gerrymandering trial on Jan. 5, 2022, at Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday, Dec. 15, that he will appoint Riggs, a career activist attorney, to the North Carolina Court of Appeals to fill a vacancy when Judge Richard Dietz moves to the state Supreme Court next month. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, File)

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper said on Friday, Dec. 16 he would appoint Allison Riggs to fill a vacancy on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. 

Riggs, who has spent over 13 years with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, has no experience as a judge at any level. She joined the left-leaning activist organization after graduating law school at the University of Florida. 


Cooper named her to fill the upcoming vacancy created by the election of Republican Richard Dietz to the state’s Supreme Court. 

“Allison Riggs is a brilliant attorney and an experienced litigator who has spent her career fighting for fairness and defending people’s constitutional rights,” Gov. Cooper said. “I am confident that she will continue to serve our state with distinction and be a great asset to the bench.” 

Riggs currently serves as the Co-Executive Director and Chief Counsel for Voting Rights at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. She worked with current Associate Justice Anita Earls at the organization and succeeded her as in the executive director role. 

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