We support these candidates
Several Judicial races will be on the ballot in November including races for the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. the North Caroline Democratic Party has endorsed 4 candidates for in judicial races. Meet the endorsed candidates.
Anita Earls – NC Supreme Court
Civil rights, Fighting for Communities, & Advocating Fair Political Processes
Anita Earls has worked passionately for 30 years protecting civil rights, fighting for families, and advocating for fair political processes. Earls founded the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a North Carolina based civil rights nonprofit that partners with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities in the South to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights. Most recently, Earls is known for her leadership in litigating successful challenges to North Carolina’s “Monster” voter suppression law and unfair redistricting plans.
In 1998, Anita was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, with responsibility for the voting, education, disability rights, and federal coordination and compliance sections. From 2000 to 2003, she directed the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For the first ten years of her career, Anita was in private practice, litigating voting rights, police misconduct, school desegregation, and employment discrimination cases with what was then the Ferguson, Stein, Watt, Wallas, Adkins & Gresham law firm
Anita has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina law schools, and in the African and African-American Studies Department at Duke University. Currently she is teaching attorneys in the Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Training Institute. In 2011 Anita received the national NAACP’s Civil Rights Champion Award. In 2017 she received a “Defenders of Justice” award from the North Carolina Justice Center and was recognized as a “We Are Emily” honoree by Emily’s List.
As the daughter of a nurse and a medical technician, Anita grew up at a time when their mixed-race marriage was illegal in many states. Her parents worked hard to build a family together despite the odds against them. They taught her the values of hard-work and courage in the face of adversity.
John Arrowood, NC Court of Appeals
Judge John Arrowood was appointed to serve on the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Roy Cooper in April 2017. He previously served on the Court from 2007 to 2008 after being appointed by Governor Mike Easley. Over the course of his service, Arrowood has authored opinions, concurrences, or dissents in over 100 cases.
Prior to his appointment to the Court he served as a Special Superior Court Judge. Earlier in his career, Arrowood clerked for NC Court of Appeals Judge Gerald Arnold and also served as a staff attorney and head of the Court’s central staff.
When not serving on the bench, Judge Arrowood has been in private practice with the firm of James, McElroy and Diehl, PA in Charlotte. His practice is primarily in the areas of employment and commercial litigation. He is credentialed as an Arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association, is a certified mediator, and has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
Arrowood’s previous public service includes membership on the North Carolina Banking Commission, the North Carolina Rules Review Commission, the board of directors of the North Carolina Railroad Company, and the North Carolina Art’s Council. He has also been active in Charlotte as a member of the Mint Museum Board of Trustees, the Board of Directors of the Urban Ministry’s Center, and the Vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
Allegra Collins, NC Court of Appeals
Allegra is an appellate attorney with expertise in appellate law and the North Carolina appellate court system.
- Practices regularly before the NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
- Founded Allegra Collins Law, a law practice focused on appellate litigation in the NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
- Assistant Appellate Reporter at the NC Supreme Court, 2011-14.
- Law clerk to the Honorable Linda Stephens on the NC Court of Appeals, 2007-10.
- Member of the NC Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee.
- Secretary of the NC Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section.
- Member of the American Bar Association’s Appellate Judges Conference.
- Member of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Clerkship Committee.
- Frequent presenter on appellate law issues at seminars and CLE events.
- Allegra is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Campbell Law School where she teaches students how to research the law, analyze the issues, and write legal memoranda, briefs, and opinions in preparation for becoming advocates, appellate law clerks, and judges.
- Teaches Judicial Writing and Externship I and II seminars.
- Has taught Remedies, Legal Research and Writing I and II.
- Director of the Externship Program, helping students gain practical legal experience under the guidance of attorneys and judges throughout the country.
- Chairperson of the Judicial Clerkship Committee.
- Campbell Law Review Faculty Advisor.
- Interim Director of the Legal Research and Writing program, 2015-16.
- Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing, 2012-15.
- Member of the Legal Writing Institute.
Toby Hampson, NC Court of Appeals
Toby is a partner at the Raleigh firm of Wyrick, Robbins, Yates & Ponton where he leads the firm’s Appellate Practice group. He began his career at the North Carolina Court of Appeals clerking for Judges K. Edward Greene, Wanda Bryant and Bob C. Hunter. Toby’s current practice focuses on representing individuals and businesses before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, North Carolina Supreme Court, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also assists in the firm’s municipal practice where he routinely advises planning boards in the North Carolina towns of Wake Forest and Zebulon. Toby is running because the right experience is vital to maintaining a fair and independent judiciary.