JUDICIAL CANDIDATE BIO
Faith Fickling

Seat: Eady-Williams and Hoover

Firm/Organization: Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc.

Practice Areas: Family/Domestic Violence Law; Consumer Protection Law; Landlord/Tenant Law

Education: 
Syracuse University College of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2006
Honors/Activities:
-2004 Public Interest Grant Opportunities Program (GO) Grant Recipient
-2005 Northeast Regional Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Semi-Finalist
-2005 Syracuse College of Law Grossman Mock Trial Competition Quarter-Finalist
-2005-2006 Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Leadership Scholarship Recipient
-2006 Syracuse University College of Law Lampe Bar Scholarship Award Recipient
-2006 Spring Semester Dean’s List
-2006 Outstanding 3L Senator Award Recipient
-2006 Syracuse University College of Law Corporate Counsel Certificate
-2003-2006 SU College of Law Senate (2003-04 & 2005-06 Community Service Chair)
-2004-2005 Vice President National Women Law Students’ Association-SUCOL Chapter
-2004-2005 Community Service Director Black Law Students’ Association

American University, Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, May 2001
Honors:
-1997-2001 Frederick Douglass Scholarship Recipient (Merit-Based)
-1998 Fall Semester Dean’s List

Bar and Court Admissions: 
- State of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Honors:
- 2017 Woman of the Year Award, Women Lawyers of Charlotte
- 2017 North Carolina Leader in the Law Honoree, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
- 2016 Black Law Student Association Julius Chambers Service Award

Professional Involvement: 
- 2017 Woman of the Year Award, Women Lawyers of Charlotte
- 2017 North Carolina Leader in the Law Honoree, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
- 2016 Black Law Student Association Julius Chambers Service Award
- North Carolina Bar Association

- Mecklenburg County Bar

- Professionalism, Lawyer Life & Culture Committee (Class of 2019)
- Board of Directors (2013-2016)
- Diversity & Inclusion Committee (2013-2016); Co-Chair Pipeline Programming Subcommittee (2015-2016); Community Outreach Subcommittee (2009-2015)
- Linking Lawyers Mentor (2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Bar Candidate Interview Committee (2014, 2015)
- Lunch With A Lawyer Program Mentor (2010, 2012)
- Bar Leadership Institute (Class of 2011)
- Family Law Section

- Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation

- McMillan Fellowship Fund Committee (2014-2018); Vice-Chair (2017/2018)
- Women Lawyers of Charlotte; Co-Chair Sponsorship Committee (2018)
- Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Court Committee
- Mecklenburg County Civil Court Committee
- Mecklenburg County Supervised Visitation Safe Exchange Center Consulting Committee

- Presentations/Panels/Trainings

- Charlotte School of Law “Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kickoff Event” (October 2012)
- Domestic Violence Training: “Representing a Domestic Violence Victim in a Domestic Violence Protective Order Hearing” (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
- Continuing Legal Education: “Use of Translators/Interpreters in Practice” (November 2014)
- The Park Church “Domestic Violence Awareness” Panel (April 2015, May 2016)
- Advanced Domestic Violence Training: “Representing Victims of Stalking” (Jan 2015, Oct 2015)
- Webinar: “Administrative Office of Courts Standards for Language Access” (August 2015)
- Davidson College “Ethics in Legal Services” Panel (September 2015)
- Charlotte School of Law Access to Justice Journal Domestic Violence Symposium Panel (March 2016)
- Supervision, Management & Leadership Skills-Tips for Experienced Attorneys/Managers (Nov 2017)
- Representing Battered Immigrant Victims in Family Law Proceedings (Nov 2017)
- Amending Domestic Violence (DV) Complaints & Modifying DV Protective Orders (Nov 2017)
- Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Conference: Building Bridges for Family Justice (Jan 2018)
- Various "in house" domestic violence trainings for local service agencies

Civic and Community Involvement: 
- Presbyterian Psychological Services Board of Directors (2017-2019)
- Peace Corps Volunteer, Madagascar, East Africa (2001-2002)
- Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board (Appointed by Meck Cty Bd of Comm) (Aug 2011-June 2013); Vice-Chair (2012-2013)
- Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (DVAC)-Charlotte; Legal Committee Chair (2010-2012); Website Committee Chair (2010-2012)
- White House Intern, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (Fall 1998)
- Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County
- Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County
- Freedom House Church

Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position (not to exceed 150 words): I have served as an advocate in the North Carolina District Courts for over eleven years as a lawyer at Legal Aid of North Carolina. Through my extensive work in domestic violence, custody, child support, consumer and landlord/tenant law matters, I have gained insight and understanding into our community’s court system and its needs. I believe it is a privilege to serve others. My career has been dedicated to public service and to ensuring equal access to justice. As a District Court Judge, I will continue to be a public servant for Mecklenburg County with fair, just and impartial decision making and application of the law, while maintaining compassion and respect for those that appear before me.

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