Sheila G. Passenant



Practice Areas:

Family Law, Board Certified Family Law Specialist
Juvenile Law, State Certified Permanency Mediator
Domestic Violence
Collaborative Law
Parent Coordination, Certified Parent Coordinator
Guardian Ad Litem Representation



Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, J.D., 1989
University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, B.A., 1985

Bar & Court Admissions:

New Jersey, 1989
New York, 1998
North Carolina, 1999
Supreme Court of New York, 1999
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1999
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1989
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1989
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2000

Professional Involvement:

North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Family Law Section
North Carolina Bar Association Domestic Violence Committee, Member
Parent Coordinator Committee, Member
Mecklenburg County Bar Fee Dispute Committee
Mecklenburg County Collaborative Law Group
North Carolina State Bar Candidate Review Committee
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Member
Charlotte Women's Bar Association, Member

Civic & Community Involvement:

Council for Children's Rights, volunteer Guardian Ad Litem
Safe Alliance, volunteer Pro Bono Attorney (2012 Recipient of Commitment to Justice Award, Recipient of Women's Impact Fund Grant in 2009)
Volunteer National Alliance on Mental Illness, Group facilitator
Carolina Foster Kids Foundation, Board of Directors
Ronald McDonald House, House Operations Volunteer
St. Peter's Church, active member

Please describe in 150 words or less why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position:

     I am a dedicated and proven public servant, and have devoted my career to helping others. Through my work with the Council for Childrens Rights and Safe Alliance, I expanded legal representation for the unrepresented, promoted access to justice and helped children and families in crisis. In private practice and public service I have been a litigator, advocate and volunteer in the court system, so I have firsthand knowledge of the real issues facing Mecklenburg County Courts, the public and the legal profession.


     Judges have the ability to empower people by supporting their rights, hold people accountable for their actions, and make a difference on a daily basis.  I will accomplish those goals by following the law consistently and impartially, upholding the highest standards of ethics, and managing my docket efficiently yet fairly.

     I have been married for 25 years, raised four children, and have two dogs. 




Thursday January 29, 2015

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Upcoming MCB Events

1-29-15 Bar Leadership Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Anne M. Tompkins
The Bar Leadership Dinner is a celebration of leadership and service provided by Mecklenburg County Bar members & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation supporters.

2-5-15 Lawyers' Luncheon Series - Getting Lost in Our Own Lives: A Presentation by the North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Program
Join your colleagues at a regular monthly luncheon to eat, socialize and hear a high-impact presentation from NCLAP, including a oppotunity for one hour CLE credit. 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. at the Bar & Foundation Center.

2-7-15 Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession Conference
This annual one-day conference engages minority students in a discussion about the legal profession and law-related careers. Featuring Joe Pierce, Charlotte Hornets General Counsel.


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