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Wingate alum appointed District Court judge

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By Luanne Williams

Wingate University alumnus Cull Jordan III has been appointed to the district court bench in Cumberland County, according to a June 11 announcement by Gov. Roy Cooper.

A member of the class of 1998, Jordan majored in history and minored in English at Wingate before earning his juris doctorate at North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2001.

A partner at Smith, Dickey & Dempster P.A. in Fayetteville, Jordan has also worked for the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office and the Brady Law Firm during his 20 years of prosecuting and defending cases in both district and superior court. After working for the district attorney for several years, he took a post in a private law firm before going back to the D.A.’s office for a second stint. He joined Smith, Dickey & Dempster in 2008. The District 12 seat he has been appointed to had been held by Judge Edward Pone, who stepped down in May 2020.

Jordan’s approach to the practice of law has been described as “straightforward” and “common sense.” His experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney makes him well-suited for the bench.

Outside of the courtroom, Jordan has served on the boards of directors of the Boys and Girls Club and the local bar association and on the board of trustees of the Arts Council for Fayetteville and Cumberland County. He is a member of the Cumberland County Young Lawyers, the Cumberland County Bar Grievance Committee and the Legal Advisory Committee of Cumberland County.

A native of Monroe, Jordan is the son of retired Wingate University employee Cindy Jordan, who managed the University bookstore for 37 years.

In addition to appointing Jordan as a district court judge, Gov. Cooper on Friday appointed Timothy Gould superior court judge in Judicial District 19C, serving Rowan County.

“These new judges are leaders in their district and bring years of experience to the courts,” Cooper said. “I am confident they will serve the people with dedication and honor.”

June 17, 2021

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