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Professional & Educational Experience

Active license to practice in North Carolina since 2004



State of North Carolina – Judicial District 26, Charlotte, NC

District Court Judge, January 2011 – 2018; March 2019 - present after being appointed by Governor Roy Cooper

  • NC Governor's Crime Commission - Juvenile Justice Planning Subcommittee, Children's Justice Act Subcommittee,  Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee

  • Juvenile Court Certified Judge – Completed coursework on child development, basic substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, and abuse, neglect and dependency matters; presided over at least 100 juvenile hearings.

  • Lead Judge, Juvenile Court Judges (2014)

  • DWI Recovery Court program judge (2019-present)

  • Youth Recovery Court program judge (2016-2018)

  • Families in Recovery Staying Together (F.I.R.S.T.) Recovery Court program judge (2014-2016)

  • Truancy Court Judge – Albemarle Road Middle School (2011-2018)

  • Experience presiding all district court matters: domestic, domestic violence, child support enforcement, criminal, civil, juvenile and involuntary commitment matters

Powers McCartan, PLLC (Formerly Bush & Powers), Charlotte, NC

Associate Attorney, April 2007 – June 2010

State of North Carolina 26th Judicial District, Charlotte, NC

Assistant Public Defender, November 2004 – April 2007; June 2010 – December 2010

  • UNC School of Government Trial Defender’s School

4TH Dimension Management, Philadelphia, PA / Charlotte, NC

Volunteer, April 2004 – May 2005

Law Office of Donald R. Cureton, Jr., Charlotte, NC

Attorney/Solo Practitioner, May 2004 – November 2004

Black Entertainment Television, Inc., Washington, DC

Law Clerk, Summer 2002


Howard University School of Law, Washington, DC

Juris Doctor, May 2003

  • Honors: Merit Scholarship for Academic Achievement; Founders Scholarship, Black Entertainment & Sports lawyers Association (BESLA)


Winston–Salem State University, Winston–Salem, NC

B.A., cum laude in Political Science, Concentration in Public Administration, May 2000

  • Honors: Dean’s List, Chancellor Scholarship, WSSU National Alumni Scholarship

  • Activities: Student Government Association – Secretary of Judicial Affairs; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Chapter President; Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society; Men’s Basketball Team (Red-Shirt Freshman)




  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

  • North Carolina Association of District Court Judges

  • North Carolina State Bar

  • North Carolina Bar Association

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

  • John S. Leary Bar Association for Black Lawyers

  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (2007-2010)

  • American Bar Association (2004-2007)

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Beta Nu Lambda Chapter 


Board Member

  • Be More Foundation - Vice President

  • Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation 

  • NC Bar Association BarCARES (2012-2014)

  • Larry King’s Clubhouse, Mecklenburg County Courthouse daycare (2009-2014)

  • John S. Leary Bar Association for Black Lawyers (2009-2012)

  • Caring Arms Youth and Family Services, Inc. (2007)


  • Juvenile Justice Partnership

  • Model Courts

  • Juvenile Justice Subcommittee (Chairperson 2014)

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    • Pipeline Programming Subcommittee

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Professional and Lawyer Life Committee

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Juvenile Law Section 2014 Annual Conference Planning Committee

  • Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) Leadership Team (Executive Committee member 2019-2021)

  • Raise the Age Planning Committee

  • Mecklenburg County Fatherhood Task Force Initiative

  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Strategic Planning Subcommittee



  • Garinger High School Alumni Wildcat Mentorship Project

  • Freedom School at The Grove Presbyterian Church – Book Reader 

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Lunch with a Lawyer Program 

  • Guardian Ad-Litem Foundation Charity Basketball Game 

  • Citizen Schools Mentorship Program

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools A.V.I.D. Program

Selected Participant

  • Community Building Initiative (CBI) Leadership Development Initiative Class 16

  • Community Building Initiative (CBI) ‘Leaders Under 40’ Program Class 2

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute 

Speaking Engagements

  • The Reach Out Diversion Program

  • CMPD Envision Academy

  • NCBA "Raise the Age: A New Era for Juvenile Justice in North Carolina" - Panelist 

  • Law Day 2018 -  "A Separation of Powers: A Framework of Freedom"

  • Turning Point Academy 

  • Council for Children's Rights "A Night for Children's Rights" 

  • Race & Justice - Panelist 

  • Queen’s University - “Where We Are and Where Are We Going” - Panelist

  • North Carolina Central University School of Education: "Let's Talk Racism - Recognizing, Resisting, and Revising"

  • Indigent Representation in Non-Capital Criminal Cases, NC 26th Judicial District Defender Orientation - Panelist 

  • National Adoption Day - Mecklenburg County

  • Howard University School of Law ‘Introduction to Legal Careers’ – Panelist 

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute – Public Interest Panelist 

  • Kaplan College – Commencement Speaker 

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Performance Learning Center – Co-Commencement Speaker 

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Performance Learning Center – Career Day 

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Charlotte Alumnae Chapter – ‘May Week Celebration’ Master of Ceremonies 

  • Boys to Men Foundation 

  • National Forum of Black Public Administrators Southern Piedmont Chapter – Panelist 

  • CBI Leaders Under 40 Program ‘Connecting with Elected Officials’ – Panelist 

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Juvenile Law Section ‘Introduction to Juvenile Courts’ – Panelist 

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Stoney Creek Elementary School, Highlight Society Group 

  • Charlotte School of Law town hall with elected officials – Panelist 

  • North Carolina Foster and Adoptive Parents Association 14th Annual Training Conference – Panelist 

  • NC Lawyers Weekly Runway Recess – Panelist, Model 

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity Day – Panelist 

  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Beta Nu Lambda Chapter – Founder’s Day guest speaker 

  • Mecklenburg County Public Defenders Conference 

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Midwood High School

  • Mecklenburg County Bar 2022 Law Day Luncheon Panelist 


  • Teen Health Connection - Dr. John G. Johnston Award for Excellence in Adolescent Medicine and Health (2017)

  • Winston-Salem State University ’40 under 40’ award recipient (2013)

  • Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Ray A. Booten Scholarship Golf Classic – Honorary Captain (2011)

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