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Judge Wanda G. Bryant Judge
Wanda G. Bryant

Early Years

Born in Southport, North Carolina on 26 June 1956 to Dolphus Bryant (deceased) and Christerbelle Randall Bryant.

Personal Information

Married, Ronald Steven Douglas: children, son, Edward Matthew Douglas, age 10; stepdaughter, Alicia Rose Douglas, age 25; member of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Supply, North Carolina; Local attendance: various Triangle Area churches.

Educational Background

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Bachelor of Arts., History and Comparative Area Studies, 1977; North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, Juris Doctor, 1982.

Professional Background

Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2001- present (appointed in February 2001 by Governor Michael F. Easley); Senior Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, 1993-2001, Assistant United States Attorney, Office for the District of Columbia, 1989-1993; Staff Attorney, Police Executive Research Forum, 1987-1989; Assistant District Attorney, Thirteenth Prosecutorial District of North Carolina, 1983 - 1987; Associate Attorney, Walton, Fairley & Jess, 1982.

Professional Organizations

Licensed to practice law: North Carolina (1982); Admitted to practice: District of Columbia (1987). Member of: The 10th Judicial District Bar; The Wake County Bar Association; The Brunswick County Bar Association; The North Carolina Bar Association; The American Bar Association; The District of Columbia Bar Association; The North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys; North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers; Capitol City Lawyers Association; State Agency Liaisons Leadership Council; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; The National Black Prosecutors Association; Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity; The United States Attorney's Association; The North Carolina District Attorney's Association. * Denotes past memberships

Current Professional Memberships

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • 10th Judicial District Bar
  • National Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
  • Wake Women Attorneys Association

Boards And Commissions

The Attorney General's Elder Abuse Task Force (Chairperson 1993-1996);*The Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Task Force (Chairperson 1993-2001); The Governor's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (1993-1999); The Governor's Crime Commission, Violence Against Women Act Committee (VAWA- Chairperson 1995-1998); The Governor's Task Force on Youth Violence and School Safety (Acting Co-Chairperson 1999); The Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence (Committee Co-Chairperson 1998-1999); COP Link Advisory Board (1998-2000); Minority Sensitivity Training Guidelines Committee(1999-2001) (Chairperson - Data Sub-committee); NAAG VAW Committee (1998- 2001); Governor's Task Force on Racial and Religious Violence and Intimidation (Staff, Acting Chair o/b/o Attorney General Mike Easley); *United States Department of Justice Hate Crimes Working Group (Western District) (1998-2001).

Current Boards And Commissions

  • President (2005-2006), Braxton-Craven Inn of Court , Duke University
  • NC Bar Association, Chair (2005-2006), Law School Liaison Committee
  • NC Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee
  • Martin Street Human Services, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Smith Shaver Scholarship Fund, Board of Directors
  • NC Center for Public Policy Research, Inc., Board of Directors
  • NC Center for Voter Education, Board of Directors

Honors And Awards

Distinguished Service (Alumni) Award, NCCU Law School, 1996; Black History Month Appreciation Award, Elizabeth City State University, 1996; Special Achievement Award, US Department of Justice, 1991; Judicial Nominee for District Court Judge, Thirteenth Prosecutorial District, December, 1986; Outstanding Citizen's Award, The Links; Outstanding Community Service Award, 1987; American Jurisprudence Book Award - Property Law Carol B. Warren Scholarship; National Sea Grant Scholarship; Who's Who Among American Law Students.

Recent Honors And Awards

  • GFWC Woman of Achievement Award, April 2005
  • Community Service Recognition Award, 100 Black Men of America, Triangle East Chapter, April 2005
  • Outstanding Service in the Law Award, Top Ladies of Distinction, Raleigh Chapter, March 2005
  • NC Women of Distinction, The Sisters Delany Honor Society Achievement Award, St. Augustine’s College, January 2005
  • William C. Lassiter First Amendment Award, N. C. Press Association, July 2004
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Oakwood College Alumni Association, Durham, NC, May 2004
  • 2004 “Wall of Firsts” Award, Rebuilding Broken Dreams, CDC, Goldsboro, NC, May 2004
  • Recognition Award, Southeastern African American Student Leadership Conference, Meredith College, January 2004
  • Fayetteville State University Chancellor’s Medallion Award, Fayetteville, NC, December 2003\\ NC-NABCJ Achievement Award, Raleigh NC (2001)

Community Activities

North Carolina Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Public Law and the Publics' Lawyers, Ethics Presentation: Resolving Citizens' Concerns - Raleigh, NC, September 1993 Professional Responsibility Seminar: Public Records - NCCU School of Law, April 1998 Race Issues in the Profession, Ethics Presentation: Historical Perspective - NCCU School of Law, August 1998 Child Abuse NC Association of District Attorney's Summer Conference 1986, 1987 US Department of Justice, US Attorney's Office - Washington, DC, 1991 National Black Prosecutor's Association Annual Conference - Washington, DC, August 1993 Statewide Conference on Child Abuse - Research Triangle Park, NC, March 1995 Co-occurrence of Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence - Cherry Point Military Installation, 1999 Elder Abuse National Elder Abuse Conference, Roundtable: State and Local Policy on Elder Abuse Prevention Strategies - Long Beach California, February 1994 Keynote Speaker, Elder Mistreatment Prevention Forum, Piedmont Triad Council of Governments - Greensboro, NC, March 1995 Domestic Violence Keynote Speaker, Cumberland County DSS Domestic Violence Forum: Community Response to Domestic Violence - Fayetteville State University, October 1995 Keynote Speaker, Candlelight Vigil, Southeastern Family Violence Center - Lumberton, NC, October 1995 Panel Moderator for Domestic Violence Protocol Summit: In the Best Interest of the Victim, Public Safety and Justice - Durham, NC, April 1996 Panel Moderator for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Committee Domestic Violence Forums (6 forums across NC in October & November 1996) Panel and Conference to End Violence Against Women, North Carolina Medical Society, etal, May 1994 Sexual Assault US Attorney's Office - Washington, DC, Spring 1992 Keynote Speaker, Coastal Horizons Rape Crisis Center Banquet - Wilmington, NC, May 1994 NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Annual Conference, Sexual Violence Prevention: A State Perspective - Wrightsville Beach, NC, October 1996 Victim Issues Victim Issues Panel, North Carolina Senate - Raleigh, NC, February 1994 Citizens Crime Forum, Leesville High School - Raleigh, NC, February 1994 NC Sentencing Commission, Restitution Subcommittee - Victim Issue presentations March & April 1994 Public Records/Open Meetings Public Records in the Electronic Age, Municipal and County Administration Alumni Association - Chapel Hill, NC, February 1999 Crime in Public Housing Conference, North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety - Charlotte, NC, January 1995 North Carolina Press Association Annual Conference - Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC, 1994, 1995 Elon College, Public Records Forum - Elon College, NC, April 1994 General Criminal Justice Issues Asset Forfeiture: Disclosing Hidden Assets (a course for Prosecutors and Law Enforcement), sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Washington, DC. Course taught in various cities throughout United States, 1987-88 The Future of Criminal Justice in North Carolina, Attorney General's Perspective, NC Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice - B.N. Duke Auditorium, NCCU, March 1996 "Current Issues in Justice", Leadership Craven Class, New Bern Chamber of Commerce - New Bern, NC, March 1994 National Juvenile Justice Coalition, Southern Regional Meeting - Atlanta, GA, October 1995 Durham High School Scared Straight presentation - Durham, NC, March, 1994 Presentation: Citizens Forum Against Crime, Leesville High School, Feb. 1994 Hate Crimes/Church Burning Moderator, Attorney General's Information & Education Seminar on Protecting Religious Sanctuaries - B.N. Duke Auditorium, NCCU, July 1996 Church Burning: State Laws, Radio Talk Show by Professor Irv Joyner, NCCU Radio Station - Durham, NC, July 1996 Open Net: Church Arson, NC Public TV - Raleigh Ch. 22, Summer 1996 Moderator: Intolerance and the Law Panel, Governor's Conference on Racial Reconciliation, -Charlotte, NC, October 1997 US Department of Justice Hate Crimes Workshop presentation: Nuts & Bolts of Setting up a Hate Crimes Working Group - Washington, DC, February 1998 Panelist: A Community Meeting to Stop Church Burning in North Carolina, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Winston Salem, NC, April 1999 Environmental Crimes North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Criminal Justice Conference - Research Triangle Park, NC February 1994 Other Presentations Keynote: NAACP ACTSO Banquet, Brunswick County Government Complex - Bolivia, NC, April 1995 SBI Club Award Ceremony, Carroll Middle School - Raleigh, NC Brunswick County Democratic Convention - Bolivia, NC, April 1995 NCCU Law School First Year Class Orientation - Public Law Practice - Durham, NC, August 1995 Keynote: Rocky Mount YWCA Week Without Violence - Rocky Mount, NC, October 1997 NCCU Law School First Year Class Orientation - Public Law Practice - Durham, NC, August, 1998 NCCU Law School First Year Class Orientation - August 1999 NCCU Law School First Year Class Orientation - August 2000 Speaker, Brunswick County Democratic Convention, Bolivia, NC, April 2000 Speaker, Emmanual Baptist Church, Monroe, NC, April 2000 Keynote: Brunswick County Community of Promise Volunteer Summit, Sept. 1998


Child Sexual Abuse Guidelines: Recommendations for Professionals, 1997 (Co-author of comprehensive update and expansion of 1987 protocol) ; Child Sexual Assault Protocol, 1987 (Co-author); Physicians' Legal Responsibilities to Victims of Domestic Violence, North Carolina Journal of Medicine, Vol. 55 No. 9, September 1994; Plea Bargains and Use of the Polygraph, US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 1989; Asset Forfeiture: Disclosing Hidden Assets, United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 1988; 1981 Report of the NIMLO Committee on Condemnation and Condemnation Procedure, 42 NIMLO Law Review 1981, (Co-author: Virginia Young).

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