Grant Smithson

District Court Judge District 26 (Culler)

Grant Smithson


Legal Experience:

Since 1977 I have practiced as a public service lawyer and as a private practitioner in the Mecklenburg County District Courts, twenty-one years in private practice and fourteen years as an Assistant Public Defender. I specialize in criminal defense on both the State and Federal levels, appellate practice before State and Federal Appeals Courts, juvenile court, and representing parents in Department of Social Services' cases.


Bar and Court Admissions:

I am a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, the Federal  Fourth  Circuit Court of Appeals Bar, and  a member of all bars in the federal district courts in North Carolina. I am also a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the Mecklenburg County Bar.



B.A. Political Science Rice University, Houston, Texas

Post Grad Work at Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Winner of Rotary Foundation Scholarship

J.D. Degree University of North Carolina Law School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Professional Involvement:

I am a past member of the former North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, past member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, past member of the National Criminal Defense Association and the North Carolina Public Defenders' Association.


Civic and Community Involvement:

Hands on Charlotte Volunteer and a tutor in CPCC literacy programs


Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position:

With almost four decades of experience in district court, I firmly believe that the quality of advocacy in the district courts has at times been lacking. I attribute this to three things. One, some trial lawyers have not taken the necessary measures to improve their craft. Two, there are new lawyers who are yet not proficient to become better advocates. Three, District Court Judges must do more to encourage and convince lawyers to improve their advocacy skills.


If elected a district court judge, I will do everything necessary to promote and to encourage lawyers to become better advocates. If they improve, I will congratulate, compliment and respect them for their efforts.


In addition to having appeared before almost all of the district court judges since 1977, I have worked with hundreds of lawyers in an effort to improve their and my legal and trial skills.


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