Donald Cureton, Jr.

Firm/Organization: Former District Court Judge

Practice Areas: 
Criminal (District and Superior)

Howard University School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2003
● Honors: Merit Scholarship for Academic Achievement; Founders Scholarship, Black
Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA)

Winston–Salem State University, B.A., cum laude in Political Science, Concentration in Public Administration, May 2000
● Honors: Dean’s List; Chancellor Scholarship; WSSU National Alumni Scholarship

Bar and Court Admissions: 
North Carolina State Bar
Mecklenburg County Bar

Professional Involvement:
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ); National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP); North Carolina Association of District Court Judges; North Carolina Bar Association; John S. Leary Bar Association for Black Lawyers; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (2007-2010); American Bar Association (2004-2007); Governor's Crime Commission, juvenile related sub-committees; Lead juvenile court judge (2014); Juvenile Justice Partnership; Model Courts; Juvenile Justice Subcommittee (Chairperson 2014); Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Pipeline Programming Subcommittee; Mecklenburg County Bar Professional and Lawyer Life Committee; Mecklenburg County Bar Juvenile Law Section 2014 Annual Conference Planning
Committee; Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ) Leadership Team; Raise the Age Planning Committee; Mecklenburg County Fatherhood Taskforce Initiative; Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Strategic Planning Subcommittee; NC Bar Association BarCARES (2012-2014)

Civic and Community Involvement:
Truancy Court Judge; Be More Foundation - Vice President; Lydia Smith Sickle Cell Foundation; Larry King’s Clubhouse, Mecklenburg County courthouse daycare (2009-2014); Community Building Initiative (CBI) Leadership Development Initiative Class 16; Community Building Initiative (CBI) ‘Leaders Under 40’ Program Class 2; Mecklenburg County Bar Leadership Institute (2009)

Speaking Engagements (incomplete list)
CMPD Envision Academy; NCBA "Raise the Age: A New Era for Juvenile Justice in North Carolina" - Panelist; Law Day 2018 - "A Separation of Powers: A Framework of Freedom"; Council for Children's Rights - "A Night for Children's Rights"; Queen’s University - “Where We Are and Where Are We Going” - Panelist; North Carolina Central University School of Education: "Let's Talk Racism"; Indigent Representation in Non-Capital Criminal Cases - Panelist; National Adoption Day - Mecklenburg County; Kaplan College – Commencement Speaker

Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position (not to exceed 150 words):
I was a district court judge from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2018. Previously, I was an Assistant Public Defender for Mecklenburg County and an associate attorney with Bush & Powers handling district and superior court criminal matters. As a judge, I have experience presiding over juvenile, criminal, and family court matters. During the 2014 and 2018 general elections I received the highest performance rating of any judge or candidate on the Mecklenburg County ballot via the NC Judicial Performance Evaluation survey. I was fair and impartial, protected citizens' rights by upholding our constitution and laws, and represented the profession with the highest integrity. Equally as important, I positively impacted our community through children and families so that it would be safer and more compassionate towards our citizens despite any racial and socioeconomic differences.