Former state Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr is joining the law firm of Poyner Spruill. Orr will work in the firm's Raleigh office and practice in the areas of general litigation and legislative and regulatory advocacy.
Earlier this month, Orr stepped down from his position as founding executive director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law. There he was an outspoken critic of the state's practice of using incentives to get companies to locate in North Carolina.
He also led several projects aimed at strengthening the state constitution through public education and legal action. Under his leadership, the institute successfully sued for public records and challenged public financing of political campaigns.
Before establishing the institute, Orr spent almost 10 years as a member of the Supreme Court and eight years on the Court of Appeals. The Hendersonville native was initially appointed to the bench by Gov. Jim Martin.