JUDICIAL CANDIDATE BIO
Alicia d. brooks
Firm/Organization: State of North Carolina Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court
Practice Areas: Incompetency, guardianship, foreclosures, wills and estates, probate and all special proceedings
Education: I am a double graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science and in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.
Bar and Court Admissions: I have been a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar for over 27 years. I am also currently licensed to practice in the Western District in Federal Court.
Professional Involvement: I am a former member of the Board of Directors for the Mecklenburg County Bar. I have also held the position of Chair of the Indigent Services Committee and was a past officer in the John Leary Bar Association. I participated in the first expungment clinic held in the courthouse which assisted returning citizens in clearing up their records, providing them with an opportunity to rebuild their lives. I was the presiding judge over two treatment courts designed to break the cycle of addiction. In recovery court, I worked with clients who were in active recovery to remain sober and productive and to gain access to services in the community which helped to transform their lives. As a judge in wellness court, I had the privilege to work with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and to assist them in becoming medication compliant and self reliant.
Civic and Community Involvement: I volunteer at Eastway Middle School as a truancy court judge. I work with the staff, the parents, and the students to ensure the success of our students who are in danger of failing out of school due to absenteeism. I am also the commencement speaker for at the 8th grade graduation, and I mentor young adults in my community. I am also a member of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Matthews where I held positions as supervisor of the youth ushers, member of women's choir and culinary committee. I have held various positions throughout my community including: Board member of Summit House, a halfway house for mothers reentering society after incarceration; member of the board of directors for MMBC Child development center. I volunteered my time to feed the homeless at soup kitchens and by giving out meals on the streets of Charlotte.
Please describe why you would be the best candidate for the open judicial position (not to exceed 150 words): In addition to my 27 years of experience, I have held this position and have presided in nearly every district courtroom including, family, civil, criminal, domestic violence, child support and two treatment courts. I understand that being a judge requires someone with not just a knowledge of the law but the ability to effectively, fairly and impartially apply the law and to treat every one with respect. Having been an assistant public defender for 5 years, an assistant district attorney for 2 years, in private practice for 14 years, and a district court judge for 4 years, I have the skill, the knowledge, the experience and the temperament and therefore I am the best candidate for this seat. As a judge, I will continue to be hardworking, diligent, and respectful and to ensure that everyone has access to justice.