District Court Judge

Office of the Public Defender, District 18 Greensboro, NC

Assistant Public Defender 1998-2016

General criminal defense litigation; investigate, prepare and try cases in North Carolina Superior and District Courts, ranging from misdemeanors up to First Degree Murder; assist in planning and teaching State-sponsored training programs for public defenders

Pisgah Legal Services Asheville, NC
Legal Intern Summer 1997

Researched and prepared legal memoranda involving a wide variety of issues, including housing, consumer protection, and corporate governance; prepared client advice pamphlets; assisted in client intake, interviewing, and factual investigation; attended and observed attorneys’ court appearances.


Duke University School of Law Durham, NC J.D. May 1998
Duke Law Honor Code Judicial Appeals Board

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC B.A. May 1995
Philosophy and Communication Studies
Dean’s List

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Durham, NC
High School Diploma June 1991


North Carolina State Bar (licensed since 1998)
Greensboro Bar Association
    Board Member, 2014-present
High Point Bar Association
Guilford Inn of Court, Master
Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    President, 2009
    Board Member, 2007-present
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
North Carolina Association of Public Defenders


Presenter, “What’s in the Felony File; Organizing a Trial Notebook and Exhibits,”
New Felony Public Defender Training, N.C. School of Government, 2014-15
Presenter, “Preserving the Record on Appeal,”
 ABCs of Criminal Court, NC Bar Association, 2015
Presenter, “Cross-Examining the SANE Nurse in a Sexual Assault Case,”
Public Defenders’ Conference, N.C. School of Government, 2014
Workshop Instructor, New Felony Public Defender Training, N.C. School of Government
Workshop Instructor, New Misdemeanor Public Defender Training, N.C. School of Government
Planning Committee, Public Defenders’ Conferences, N.C. School of Government


First Friends Meeting, Greensboro (Quaker church), member
    Clerk of the Meeting
    Night Shelter volunteer
    Hospitality Committee
    Previous: Clerk of Ministry & Counsel
                    Recording Clerk
                    Christian Education Committee
                    Sunday School leader
Guilford County Teen Court, Volunteer Judge, 2007-present
Guest speaker for selected courses, Guilford College, Department of Justice and Policy Studies,
Guest speaker for high school courses, Southwest Guilford High School
Senior Project Speeches Judge, Southwest Guilford High School, 2005-present
Guilford County Jaycees Old Timers
    Wyndham Championship volunteer
Community Theater of Greensboro
    “To Kill A Mockingbird,” 2014 (Walter Cunningham)
    “Fiddler on the Roof,” 2015 (Constable / villager)
    “Dracula,” 2015 (Attendant Butterworth)