Address: P.O. Box 888 Raleigh, North Carolina 27602
Phone: (919) 831-3770
Born in Bryn Mawr, PA., October 31, 1947, to Thomas and Rose Comitta.
Married to Dr. Robert D. Calabria, D.D.S., Col., U.S. Army (Ret.). Children: Daughters, Gina and Laura; son, Brent. Member, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Cary.
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Summa Cum Laude, B.A., 1977; Campbell University School of Law, J.D., 1983; National Judicial College, Masters of Judicial Studies (in progress) 1997-present.
Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, January 1, 2003-present (Elected November 2002 for an 8-year-term); Wake County District Court Judge, 1996-2002; Sole Practitioner, Cary, N.C., 1991-96;
Associate, Hutchens & Waple, Fayetteville, N.C., 1990-91; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1989-90; Sole Practitioner, Fayetteville, N.C., 1988-89; University of Maryland, Overseas Division Heidelberg Germany, 1986-87.
Professional Achievements while a District Court Judge
Coordinated, directed and implemented an alternative sentencing program whereby defendants unfamiliar with the English language charged with
minor crimes or infractions defer judgment by learning to speak English and composing English sentences.
Spanish Interpreters Program
As team leader, organized and implemented a court appointed Spanish Interpreter's program for District and Superior Court, to assure quality foreign language services, equitable treatment and access to the courts for all defendants whose native language is not English. (2000 - 2002).
International Leadership Initiatives
Participated as one of the team of 25 public policy leaders with the North Carolina Center for International Understanding, (NCCIU) to learn why the Triangle has one of the fastest growing Hispanic populations in the country. As a participant in the Latino Initiative, met with leaders and families to investigate the state of the Mexican nation and various immigration issues as well as work on solutions for the benefit of both the United States and Mexico (March 2001).
Judicial Civil Commitment Council
Chair of the Commitment Council at Dorothea Dix Hospital: a committee composed of a magistrate, attorneys, law enforcement officials and mental health care physicians and other mental health care professionals to include the Director of Dorothea Dix and social workers. Attorneys are from the Attorney General's Office, District Attorney's Office, private hospitals and criminal defense bar. The purpose of this counsel is to improve communication and solve problems.
North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Bar Association; North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys; Wake County Bar Association; Wake County Association of Women Attorneys; American Association of University Women.
Boards And Commissions
Vice-President of the North Carolina Bar Association for June 2000-2001 term; served as Liaison between the board of Governors and both the Hispanic/Latino Lawyers Committee and Juvenile Justice and Children's Rights Section. Appointed to the Board for Bar Cares and the Committee for Strategic Planning/Emerging Trends (2001).
Actions with NCBA Committees
Hispanic/Latino Lawyers Committee:
(Charter member 1998-present). In 1998, this committee was formed to meet the needs of lawyers of Hispanic/Latino descent as well as lawyers & judges who serve North Carolina's Hispanic/Latino population. Organized and moderated the first symposium in the State of North Carolina held in the Triangle area, which was followed by symposiums held in Charlotte and Greensboro to share with community leaders, concerns and legal needs of the Hispanic/Latino Community (2000-2001).
Lawyers in the Schools Committee:
Teen Court Program: Wake County Courthouse, Wake County High Schools (1999- present) Presided over the first mock teen court forum and worked with the school resource officer and social studies instructors to provide volunteers for the teen court program for the Green Hope High School Parents Association. Participates in Law and Government Career Fairs (2000 - present).
Young Lawyers Division:
Participates in Law Week activities (1997-present); Taught Law 101 (Traffic/Criminal Law) Adult Continuing Education Course at Cary High School in cooperation with Wake County Public schools (2001).
Wake County Bar Association:
Elected to board for two-year term, beginning January 2002: Organized and moderated the first "This is the Law" seminar with the help of the public service committee of the Wake County Bar Association and the Hispanic/Latino Community Leaders.
Honors And Awards
North Carolina Bar Association, Certificate of Appreciation for service as Vice President, 2000-01; Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, Woman of Today award, 2002.
Member, Cary Chamber of Commerce, 1992-present; Member, Garner Chamber of Commerce, 1999-present; Volunteer, Department of Defense School, 1984-86; Volunteer, Wake County Public Schools, 1991-present; Girl Scout Leader and Co-Leader, North Atlantic Girl Scouts, Heidelberg, Germany, 1984-87; Youth Leader, Total Youth Ministry for Senior High students, St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Apex, N.C. (1991-1995).
“Law Related Education Institute”, presented the Teen Court Program to North Carolina teachers emphasizing that recidivism rates are minimal for Teen Court offenders who successfully complete the program. (Sep. 2001).
Women Judges Forum participant, with district court and court of appeals judges for law students attending Duke University School of Law (2002 and 2003) and North Carolina Central University (2000).
"Women in Public Life", American Association of University Women, participated in a panel for the Sandhills/Triangle Cluster Meeting, (Feb. 2002).
"Leading Justice", Raleigh (BPW)- Business and Professional Women, participated in a panel discussion with Chief Judge Joy Hamilton, Judge Kristin Ruth and Judge Alice Stubbs (Jan. 2002).
"See Jane Run - The ABC's of A Successful Campaign for Public Office", North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys: participated in a Panel for the 2001 Annual Conference (Sep. 2001).
Campbell University Law School Orientation: Moderator for Break-out sessions for Ethical considerations in the practice of law for first year law students (Aug. 2001).
Domestic Violence Workshop participant, North Carolina Federation of Republican Women (Spring 1999).