Chief Justice Newby swearing in Marcia, and her husband, Lamar Armstrong, Jr., by her side.
Photo by Brian Mullins.
Smithfield Attorney Marcia H. Armstrong was sworn in as the 88th president of the North Carolina State Bar by Chief Justice Paul Newby at the State Bar’s Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 20, 2022.
Armstrong earned her bachelor’s degree from Salem College and her JD from the Wake Forest University School of Law.
Armstrong was a member of the North Carolina State Bar Council from 2011–2019, during which time she served on many committees and was chair of the Legislative Committee and the Opioid Summit Special Committee, and a vice-chair of the Grievance Committee.
A partner of The Armstrong Law Firm, PA, Armstrong has been a board certified specialist in family law since 1989. She is a past-president of the state chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), which is recognized as one of the top family law associations in the country. She is a past-president of the Johnston County Bar Association and the 11th Judicial District Bar. In 2011, Armstrong received the Sara H. Davis Excellence Award from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She was recognized in 2010 as a Citizen Lawyer by the North Carolina Bar Association and has served in the past on the association’s Board of Governors and as chair of the Family Law Section. In 1997, Armstrong was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Bar Association for her service to the Family Law Section. Additionally, Armstrong received the Gwyneth B. Davis Award in 1995 from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.
Armstrong practices law with her husband, Lamar; her son, Lamar III; her daughter, Eason Keeney; and her son-in-law, Daniel Keeney. Lamar's wife, Beth, is a third grade teacher. Armstrong’s other son, Hinton, is a biochemical engineer, and his wife, Anna, is a pharmacist. Altogether, there are seven grandchildren, ages six months to six years.