WORK EXPERIENCE

District Court Judge
Guilford County, NC
2017-present

Preside in courtrooms relating to misdemeanor criminal and traffic charges; divorce; child custody & support; equitable distribution, alimony, & post-separation support; general civil litigation; criminal first appearances; magistrate appeals; domestic violence protective orders; DSS child abuse, neglect, dependency. Hear evidence and legal arguments, and return verdicts/rulings in a wide variety of legal motions, hearings, and trials. Collaborate with other judges to develop and maintain court policies, and ensure the fair administration of justice.

Office of the Public Defender
District 18, Greensboro, NC
Assistant Public Defender 1998-2016

General criminal defense litigation; investigated, prepared and tried cases in North Carolina Superior and District Courts, ranging from misdemeanors up to First Degree Murder; presented legal and factual arguments to judges and juries; researched and prepared legal documents, including motions, briefs, affidavits, and letters; negotiated plea agreements in high pressure, competitive environments; interviewed and advised indigent clients on all matters connected to criminal defense; assisted in planning and teaching State-sponsored training programs for public defenders; attended and participated in statewide Indigent Defense / Public Defender meetings, as needed as substitute for chief Public Defender.

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.

EDUCATION

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

PROFESSIONAL

North Carolina State Bar (licensed since 1998)
Greensboro Bar Association
   Board Member, 2014-2019
High Point Bar Association
Guilford Inn of Court, Master of the Bar
Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
   President, 2009
   Board Member, 2007-2016
State Employees’ Association of North Carolina

TEACHING

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


COMMUNITY

First Friends Meeting, Greensboro (Quaker church), member
   Clerk of Monthly Meeting, 2015-present
       Nominating Committee (ex officio)
       Personnel Committee (ex officio)
  Greensboro Urban Ministry Night Shelter volunteer
  Choir
  Previous: Clerk of Ministry & Counsel
     Recording Clerk
     Hospitality Committee
     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, 2005-2016
  Guest speaker for various high school courses at Southwest Guilford High School
  Senior Project Speeches Judge, Southwest Guilford High School, 2005-present
  Community Theater of Greensboro, actor
     “To Kill A Mockingbird” (Walter Cunningham), 2014
     “Fiddler on the Roof” (Constable, ensemble), 2015
     “Dracula” (Attendant Butterworth), 2015
     “Peter Pan” (Cecco the pirate), 2017
     “Wizard of Oz” (ensemble), 2017
     “The Producers” (ensemble), 2018
     “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Herod, ensemble), 2019