* Served on the Durham County District Court for 16 years.
* Appointed Chief District Court Judge on April 4, 2017.
* Helped establish the Carrington Middle School Truancy Court and volunteered many hours presiding over the court to work with students and parents to settle attendance issues.
* Presided over Durham County’s Mental Health Court since its creation.
* Conducted Durham County Youth Treatment Court until the state legislature ceased its funding.
* Before winning his election to district court in 2002, Jim practiced law for more than 25 years. The latter 15 years of his private practice was in a firm with John Randall, Bob Jervis, Bill Yeager and Joe Anthony. As a lawyer in private practice, Jim handled civil and criminal matters, as well as domestic and juvenile cases. He remains the only Durham County judge that has extensive experience in civil and criminal law.
* Had 14 years experience as a District Court Arbitrator in Durham County before being elected as District Court Judge.
* Served on the Durham County Bar Grievance Committee & the Bar Association
* Graduated in 1976 from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, in 1973 from University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in 1969 from Northern High School.