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