Helms Henderson & Fulton, PA
301 S. Tryon Street, Suite 1500
Charlotte, NC 28282
Telephone: (704)372-4884
Fax: (704)332-0585
E-Mail: SFulton@helmshenderson.com


Current Employment Positions:
Helms, Henderson & Fulton, PA
Partner, February 2003 to Present;

Active Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, 26th Judicial District, Charlotte, NC, 1997 to 2003

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, 26th Judicial District, Charlotte, NC, 1997 to 2003, Retired January 2003

Resident Superior Court Judge,
26th Judicial District, Charlotte, NC, 1989 to 1997

District Court Judge
26th Judicial District, Charlotte, NC, 1987 to 1988

Mecklenburg County Assistant District Attorney, Charlotte, NC 1982 to 1986

Loflin & Loflin, Associate Attorney
Durham, NC 1979 to 1982
(Law Clerk, 1979 to 1981,
General Practice 1981-1982)


Areas Of Practice:
Court administration including: development and implementation of policies, budgeting, personnel, employment, and lobbying; Judicial administration including: assignment of judges and cases, developing and implementing policies, presiding as a judge in criminal, civil, traffic and domestic cases; prosecution of misdemeanor and serious felony cases.
Other experience include Community and Economic Development of neighborhoods.

Private practice experience includes corporations & small businesses, personal injury, wills & estates, condemnation, litigation, real estate, community & economic development


Bar Admissions:
North Carolina State Bar, 1981;
US District Court, Middle & Western Districts, US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit


Education:
Masters of Business Administration, McColl School of Business at Queens University, Executive MBA Program, 1998,
Duke University School of Law, JD, 1980
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, North Carolina A&T State University, 1977

Published Works:
Co-Author, Pro-Child And Family: A Report On The Development Of A Coordinated Approach To Child Sexual Abuse In Mecklenburg County (1987).

Race and the Justice System, published in Z. Smith Reynolds Annual Report (2002)

“Professionalism”, published in Mecklenburg County Bar Newsletter (2002)

Teachings:
Durham Technical Institute, Durham, North Carolina, Business Math, (1979-1980).

North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, Legal Research and Writing (1982).

Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North Carolina,
Criminal Law, Business Law, Property and Title Abstract, (1984-86).

National Judicial College, University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, Nevada, General Jurisdiction (Sentencing), (1994).

Presentations:
North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Women in the Law”,
(1987).

North Carolina Central University School of Law, “Women in the Judiciary” (1989).

North Carolina Bar Foundation, Judicially Approved Settlements - A View From the Bench, (1989).

University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, Panelist - Evidence Seminar, (1991)

American Judicature Society, Panelist - A View From The Bench, (1991).


North Carolina Bar Foundation, “Plea Bargaining And Sentencing - A View From The Bench (1992).

Davidson College, “Justice In The 90’s” (1992).

North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Review - NCBA Annual Meeting Survey Of Significant Decisions (1994).

Professionalism as a way of life (2002) - Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge Law Firm Retreat

Susan G. Komen Annual Survivors’ Luncheon Speaker (2002)

Professional Associations and Memberships:
North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, John S. Leary Chapter of the NC Assn. Of Black Layers, Junior League of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Bar, NC Conference of Superior Court Judges, Presbyterian Hospital Cancer Advisory Board, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (Board of Trustees), Gateway YMCA Board of Managers, Historic Charlotte Board of Directors, Wesley Heights Community Association President, Komen Foundation Race for the Cure, Honorary Chair (2002)

Personal Information:
Born January 10, 1952, Kingstree, South Carolina, Married to Leon Orr, Jr.