Alyson G. Traw

District Court Judge District 26 (Hoover)

Alyson Traw


Legal Experience:

After graduation, I served as a judicial law clerk. I have significant experience as a commercial and residential real estate attorney. Also, I was honored to serve this community as a prosecutor, where I focused on domestic violence and child abuse cases. Currently, I'm the sole in-house staff attorney for the Charlotte Housing Authority where I handle a vast array of transactional and litigation matters, as well as fair housing complaints.


Bar and Court Admissions:

NC Bar

SC Bar



I received my undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina where I graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English.  I also received my law degree from USC, where I graduated in the top 1/4 and was a member of the Moot Court Bar and Order of the Barristers.  I was honored to receive several scholarships to attend law school, including the Hoefer-Toal scholarship named in honor of the Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court. I was also selected as a member of Phi Delta Phi, National Legal Fraternity.


Professional Involvement:

Mecklenburg County Bar

Housing Development Law Inst.

NC Bar

SC Bar


Civic and Community Involvement:

I am an active member at Temple Beth El where I currently serve on the Board of Directors. I previously served as a member of the strategic planning committee, and as Social Justice and Action co-chair. I have volunteered at Room In the Inn and the Battered Women's Shelter, among others.


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

I am committed to the following: setting meaningful and appropriate bonds for violent and repeat offenders; upholding the law; making sure the court system is a place where victims can go to find justice; and making prompt and well-reasoned decisions. My experience is extensive and varied. I have a strong background in real estate/real property law, criminal law and many types of civil litigation which has prepared me well to serve in any of the areas a district court judge might be assigned. Importantly, my life experiences as a mother have added a meaningful perspective that would be invaluable to me as a judge.  Also, I have the administrative skills that are required to effectively manage large dockets. With over 200,000 criminal misdemeanors coming through our district court system last year, efficiency is critical to ensuring justice for all.


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