Hon. Becky Thorne Tin
Mecklenburg County District Court Judge, District 26
After graduating from law school in 1993, I clerked for Chief Federal District Court Judge Gene Carter in Maine and then served as an appellate defender for New Hampshire Public Defender before returning to my home town of Charlotte, North Carolina, where I practiced employment law at the law firm of Ferguson, Stein & Chambers from 1995-2000. I next worked as lead custody attorney at the Children's Law Center and then successfully ran for an open seat on the district court bench in 2002. I have held my seat for the past 12 years without opposition.
Bar and Court Admissions:
As a practicing attorney, I was admitted to practice in state court in Maine & Massachusetts in 1994. I was admitted to the North Carolina State bar in 1995 to practice in state and federal district and appellate courts.
I received my undergraduate education at Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in Government with distinction in all subjects; I received my M.A. from the New School for Social Research in New York City; and I received my J.D. from Harvard Law School, where I graduated magna cum laude. At Harvard, I was co-chair of the Battered Women's Advocacy Project.
I currently sit on the N.C. District Court Judges Education Committee, where I help design curriculum for statewide judges' conferences. I have addressed district court judges statewide on issues such as entering fair judgments in creditor-debtor cases; managing self-represented litigants; & post separation support & alimony. I was recognized as a 2013 Women of Justice Recipient in Public Service by N.C. Lawyers Weekly. As a district court judge for 12 years, I have served as lead judge in child support enforcement, family court, and civil court.
Civic and Community Involvement:
I am on the Community Advisory Board of Nurse Family Partnership, which pairs in-home nurses with first time mothers from as early as 16 months gestation until 2 years old. This evidence-based program has been documented to lower the incidence of low birth weight; decrease the incidence of child abuse; and reduce the likelihood that children will later become subject to the juvenile justice system. I served as former board chair of Community Charter School for 3 years while on the bench. I also started a yoga program for inmates at the Women's Facility of Communities in Transition in 2012.
Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position:
I am on the November 2014 ballot with no opposition. I ask for your vote because I have 12 years experience on the bench where I have proven myself to be diligent, knowledgeable of the law, an excellent listener, and able to render decisions fairly and expediently. There are currently 4, out of 21, district court judges in Mecklenburg County who have more than a decade of experience on the bench. We need to retain judges, like myself, who have proven track records and an institutional knowledge of our system so that we can train and inform newer judges and be a resource for clerks, lawyers, and others in the system.