About Carolyn

I am married to 1st Sergeant John E. Thompson, Jr (retired Army). We are loving parents of a blended family of five adult children and four beautiful granddaughters. We are also proud pet parents to Zeus and Oliver, who live with us in Oxford, North Carolina. Our family attends Cornerstone Christian Community Church, where I serve as an ordained minister.

I am fortunate to be the daughter of parents who taught me the importance of earning my way in this world through hard work and educational accomplishments. My family’s legacy of tenacity in the face of obstacles has been the foundation of my faith and belief that all things are possible. I stand on the shoulders of generations who paved the way for my academic career at Hampton University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and my Juris Doctor Degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Their servant leadership testament instilled in me at an early age that “to whom much is given, much is required.” I honor their sacrifices with a dedication to serve others and earn leadership.

In service to the community, I am a member of numerous community-focused organizations, including but not limited to: Families Living Violence Free, Inc., Call to Peace Ministries, Inc., Rotary Club of Oxford, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In 2016, I authored and published Abigails Veil, educating the faith-based community about domestic violence.

Experience You Can Count On

I am a former District Court judge and Superior Court judge with over 25 years of combined legal and judicial experience. As a seasoned trial attorney and former jurist, I understand the importance of consistently applying the law and listening attentively to all the facts of each case. I presided over thousands of cases as a judge, and no two cases were ever the same for me. Each case deserved and received my thoughtful preparation, respect, and knowledge of the law.

For over ten years, I prosecuted petitions of abuse, neglect, and nonsupport of children. My practice has always included representing victims of domestic violence and their children. In my role as a District Court judge, I successfully advocated changing our court dockets so that domestic violence cases could be heard separate from the general civil court. This change gave families more time to handle their issues without unnecessary delays.

I am a state-certified mediator for Superior Court cases and cases involving complex family financial disputes. As a part of giving back to the community, I also serve as a volunteer Teen Court Judge and youth mentor to help first-time youth offenders accept responsibility for their conduct and learn about the court system.

My experience in handling complex litigation and continued professional growth in the practice of law have prepared me to serve as an Appellate Court Judge.