An astute jurist with extensive experience in efficiently adjudicating high-volume dockets in civil, juvenile and criminal sessions of court. Successful proponent of establishing a separate session of Civil District Court solely dedicated to timely disposition of cases involving domestic violence. Certified by the Administrative Office of Courts in the area of juvenile laws. A strong community leader with a demonstrable record of support from the citizens' 2008 election of its first female judge in over 15 years whilst serving an unopposed third term as of 2016. Professional, reliable and respected member of the district's judicial team and four-county bar. Self-published author of Abigail's Veil, a domestic violence manual for church leadership, with over 1,000 books sold. Ordained and licensed minister serving as an associate minister in a local congregation.
Sound and impartial judgment
Firm and fair judicial temperament
Proficient interpreter of the law
Administrative skills in docketing cases for prompt disposition
Timely court order preparation
Private Practice AttorneyJul 1996 - Dec 2008 Law Office of Carolyn J. YanceyHenderson, North Carolina Provided legal representation for retained and court-appointed clients in civil, family law, criminal and juvenile cases. In addition, served as the only contract attorney for the Vance County Child Support Enforcement Agency and Departments of Social Services in Vance and Warren counties. Successfully maintained a solo practice while also litigating the aforementioned counties' high-volume cases protecting children from abuse, neglect, dependency and non-support.
District Court JudgeJan 2009 - Current Ninth Judicial District of North Carolina Preside as District Court Judge for a third unopposed term while also serving the community in volunteer quasi-judicial roles for teen and truancy courts. Efficiently adjudicate high-volume civil and criminal dockets on a weekly
Juris Doctor: 1993 North Carolina Central University School of LawDurham, North Carolina
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology-Criminal Justice Emphasis1990 Hampton UniversityHampton, Virginia