Susan Zach

Firm/Organization: Public Defender's Office

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, currently as an Assistant Public Defender; previous family law experience at Harlem Legal Services and Orange County (NY) Legal Aid Society

Education: Juris Doctor - Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Bachelor of Arts - Syracuse University

Bar and Court Admissions: North Carolina State Bar, U.S. District Court, Western District of NC, New York State Bar, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of NY

Professional Involvement: Mecklenburg County Bar member and Charlotte Women's Bar member

Civic and Community Involvement: Belmont Community Association; CMPD Animal Care and Control - foster/volunteer; Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County -Parliamentarian (past executive board member); Social Justice Expunction Clinic - volunteer attorney; NCSECU - Advisory Board Member (3rd Street branch); Mecklenburg Democratic Voter Precinct 14 - Vice-Chair; Race Matters for Juvenile Justice - 2-day workshop and ongoing trainings; and The Chapel of Christ the King - Vestry Member. Past involvement: Panelist - Mecklenburg Bar - Attorney's Guide to Practice & Pathways to Get There; Lunch With A Lawyer - Mecklenburg Bar; Legal Services for the Elderly - Board Member.

Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position (not to exceed 150 words): With over thirty years of experience as a litigator, I bring the most relevant legal experience to the bench. I have represented individuals charged with misdemeanor cases, serious felonies and murder cases. I have helped individuals and children in divorce, custody, visitation, child support, abuse and neglect cases, juvenile delinquency, termination of parental rights and foster care proceedings. I am skilled in handling a large number of cases in the courtroom. I am ready to serve as your next District Court Judge.