Dear friend,

I am William A. “Drew” Marsh III and I am currently an emergency judge for the state of NC.

I served as your District Court Judge for 9 years.

The District Court is composed of several areas yet a large portion of the court’s jurisdiction concerns families and how they function. Societal issues of mental health and substance abuse can greatly impact dysfunction of the family system. My experience allows me to determine how such issues may spread from juvenile delinquency to child custody, divorce and domestic violence. I have served in every area of these courts, as well as, civil and child support. The criminal courts are but a fraction of the experience required to effectively handle these cross-current issues. I believe that the most vulnerable deserve protection and therefore the child welfare courts of abuse, neglect and dependency are the most important areas of the District Court. The developmental years impact the child’s path and I have observed multiple generations move through all areas of the court as a result of the issues addressed in the child welfare courts. More resources are required to reduce the negative impact of these issues on society at large. The courts only deal with the results of these deficiencies. I have handled all with patience, compassion and most importantly, observation of the law.

I am a native son and graduate of Hillside High School, Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and the University of North Carolina School Of Law at Chapel Hill.  I am a member of the District of Columbia Bar as well as the North Carolina Bar and am a past President of the Durham County Bar Association and 14th Judicial District Bar. I am a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar and voted by my fellow judges in Durham, Wake, Chatham and Orange Counties to be their representative as a member of the Board of Governors of District Court Judges.

I have been married to my lovely wife, Sonja for 25 years. We have three children, Andrew Marsh IV (24), Kylie (19) and Nicholas (17).

Sincerely,

William A. “Drew” Marsh III