Former Governor Michael F. Easley appointed Judge Camille Banks-Prince as the tenth District Court Judge in Forsyth County on January 31, 2008. She was sworn in on March 6, 2008 and elected to her first four-year term on November 4, 2008. Judge Banks-Prince is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she is a 1994 graduate of North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 1998 from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor of Social Work.
Subsequently, she graduated Cum Laude in May of 2001 from North Carolina Central University School of Law. As a law student, she served on the Moot Court Board and the Law Journal. As a practicing attorney, she was employed as an associate in a private law firm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for roughly one year before taking a position in the Forsyth County Public Defender’s Office in March of 2003. She held her position as an Assistant Public Defender until she was appointed as a District Court Judge.
As a part of her judicial duties, Judge Banks-Prince presides over numerous court matters to include domestic, traffic and criminal disputes. Moreover, in March 2012, a Mental Health Treatment Court was established in Forsyth County District Court and since its inception, she has been designated to preside over that court exclusively.
Judge Banks-Prince has served on several boards of directors and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hospice and Palliative Care of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Judge Banks-Prince is the recipient of numerous community service awards to include the 2009 Legacy Starter Award, the 2012 Distinguished Leader Award and the 2014 Leaders Under 40 Award. She enjoys serving in ministry, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
On November 4, 2008, Judge Freeman became the 1st African-American to be elected (in a contested election) as a District Court Judge for Halifax County, North Carolina (formerly Judicial District 6A). By virtue of legislative mandate in 2015, she now serves the citizens of Judicial District 6 which includes Bertie, Halifax, Hertford & Northampton counties in NC. Since her election, she has endeavored to serve her constituents in a manner that is Focused, Fair & Firm.
To that end, she dutifully researches and applies the law without prejudice or partiality as she presides over civil & criminal proceedings in the courtroom. In her daily service, Judge Freeman maintains a priority to demonstrate good judgment, integrity and an evenhanded judicial temperament. Judge Freeman takes pride in engaging in other judicial commitments which improve the procedures and processes in the judicial system including her leadership roles on the School Justice Partnership Initiative and her Child Support Court Initiative which aims to make parents employable by offering free legal services for criminal record expungements and on-site connections to job-seeking resources and services.
Prior to her judicial election, she practiced law as a civil litigator with the law firm of Blanco, Tackabery, Matamoros & Combs in Winston-Salem, NC and served as a Senior Assistant Prosecutor with the Halifax County District Attorney’s Office in Halifax, NC. Judge Freeman was born, reared & educated in Halifax County, NC and proudly proclaims that she is a product of Halifax County Schools where she graduated as her high school class Valedictorian in 1994. She pursued higher education at NC Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC where she was initiated as a lifetime member of her beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and where she graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. degree in English Education in 1998. In 2001, she graduated with honors & earned her Juris Doctorate at NC Central University School of Law. During her Legal Eagle years, Judge Freeman served on the Moot Court Board and the Law Journal.
Beyond the Bench, Judge Freeman continues to touch the lives of local youth by hosting interns and mentoring youth about academic success, life skills, domestic violence awareness & courtroom etiquette at community/church youth retreats, school classroom presentations, and Teen Court. Most recently, Judge Freeman and her husband Montre were featured speakers at The No Bullies Allowed Tour & Concert which aims to eradicate the bullying epidemic one city at a time. Currently, Judge Freeman is convening a special committee to establish the Judicial District 6 Expungement Initiative in an effort to host local clinics that will provide free legal services for criminal record expungements throughout the District.
On November 8, 2016 Judge Rhinehart was elected to serve (in a contested election) as a District Court Judge in Durham County (District 14). Judge Rhinehart has the pleasure of serving her constituents by being Reasonable, Reliable and Ready. She lives her life by the words of Marian Wright Edelman: “Service is the Rent We Pay to Live.”
Judge Rhinehart was born in Nash County, North Carolina where she was raised by her elderly grandmother and working-class mother. Both taught Judge Rhinehart the importance of an education and treating everyone with dignity and respect. Judge Rhinehart graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in English and her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Prior to her ascension to the judiciary, Judge Rhinehart was an associate attorney with The Law Office of Willie R. Perry where she practiced criminal and traffic law. In 2003, she was an associate attorney with Browne, Flebotte, Wilson & Horn and Webb PLLC. In 2005, she became an Assistant District Attorney with the Durham District Attorney’s office and served with distinction for twelve years. As an assistant district attorney, Judge Rhinehart prosecuted various felonies and misdemeanors. She was the Supervisor of the Property and Fraud team and in 2012 she became the supervisor of all District Court that included Traffic, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Jail Courts; and she held this position until she was elected in 2016.
On January 1, 2017, Judge Rhinehart took her oath to serve as a District Court Judge. She currently presides in Traffic, Criminal, Jail, Child Support, Civil District and Domestic Violence Courts. She is one of two judges that preside in Juvenile Court that hear cases involving children who are abused, neglected and dependent. Judge Rhinehart currently serves as the judge in the Misdemeanor Diversion Court, a court that diverts our youth who are charged with minor criminal offenses from the court system and provides them with services, resources and second chances. She was a member of the Durham Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the Mental Health Sub-Committee where she worked to improve services and efficiency within the court system.
In 2016, Judge Rhinehart received the Leaders in the Law Award from Lawyers Weekly and in 2019, she received the Human Relations Reward for her civic engagement and humanitarianism from the Durham Human Relations Commission.
Judge Rhinehart currently serves on the board of Rebound, an organization that provides solutions to short-term suspensions. She is a committee member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee that addresses issues of affordable housing and homelessness; she also serves on the Durham Grievance Committee. Judge Rhinehart loves to volunteer in her community with the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties and her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Inc. She is also a faithful member with the George H. White Bar, a local bar organization that volunteers with the community and St. Phillips Episcopal Church. Judge Rhinehart volunteers with the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee at her church. In 2014, Judge Rhinehart was a founding member of You Can Vote, a non-profit organization that provides voting empowerment and voting registration to thousands of North Carolina citizens. Judge Rhinehart speaks regularly to youth and has served on various panels. She last served as a panelist at the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association where she spoke on the topic: “How Civic Engagement Can Jump Start A Judicial Career?”
When Judge Rhinehart is not volunteering, she loves to cook a good meal, spend time with family and friends and enjoys watching British mysteries. She is an an avid reader and currently belongs to three book clubs. However, there is nothing that brings her greater joy than mentoring others and speaking inspirationally to our youth.
Attorney Keisha Wright Hill has been a resident of Jonesboro, Georgia for over 28 years. In 1998, she graduated from the prestigious Spelman College located in downtown Atlanta, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law, located in Durham, North Carolina in 2002. As a law student, she served as Vice President of the Student Bar Association during her second year and as President during her third year. She also served on the Moot Court Board and as a Legal Research Tutor while in law school.
In 2003, Attorney Wright Hill started her own law practice just three short months after receiving her law degree. She has taught the collegiate courses of Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Law at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Throughout her career, she has practiced in the areas of criminal law, civil litigation, bankruptcy, family law, and entertainment law. She currently specializes in Family Law which covers the areas of Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, and Juvenile Law. In 2012, Attorney Wright Hill served as a Special Appointed Attorney General (SAAG) for the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services as Legal Counsel in the Clayton County Juvenile Court.
On August 31, 2012, Attorney Keisha Wright Hill was appointed as an Associate Magistrate Judge of the Clayton County Magistrate Court. On January 13, 2014, Attorney Wright Hill was appointed as Judge Pro Tempore in the Clayton County Juvenile Court.
In addition to serving in the courtroom, Attorney Wright Hill enjoys spending time with her family, serving in her church and acting in stage plays. She also loves to travel the country encouraging, uplifting and inspiring others as a Motivational Speaker.