Judge Nancy E. Gordon - District Court, Durham County
WHO IS JUDGE NANCY GORDON?
 
An Experienced & Qualified Judge  
 
Judge Nancy Gordon was elected to the District Court bench in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.  Her judicial career follows a twenty-six year legal career. Gordon was the first Durham lawyer to be certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Family Law Specialist and the only Durham lawyer to be elected to a Fellowship with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; she maintains those qualifications today.  During her legal career, she was consistently AV rated by her peers.
 
Playing to her strengths, Judge Gordon is assigned primarily to the Durham Family Court where she hears family disputes including divorces, child custody, property division and child support cases.  She also presides over Abuse/Neglect and Dependency cases.  Since 2007, the volume of family law cases filed in Durham, particularly those with one or more self-represented party, has increased significantly.  In 2008, the Local Rules for the Durham County Family Court were revised and new case management procedures were implemented.  The increase in self-represented litigants and the increased financial pressures on families resulting from the recent economic downturn presents a significant challenge for the Durham courts and the family court judges.
 
A Hard-working Judge
 
Judge Gordon works hard to make prompt and fair decisions for the families coming into her courtroom.  In addition to her time in Family Court, including Abuse,Neglect & Dependency Court and divorce court, Judge Gordon continues to be part of the general District Court rotation where she presides over sizable criminal dockets, first appearances, general civil court and, occasionally, traffic court.  Until June 30, 2011 when the NC Legislature cut funds for North Carolina's drug court programs, Judge Gordon actively presided over the 14th Judicial District Family Drug Treatment Court; it was the aim of FDTC to keep addicted parents out of jail and in drug and mental health treatment so they could be reunified and productively parent their children. Judge Gordon would like to bring a cutting edge Veteran's Court to Durham to serve returning Vets who suffer from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury and other combat-related injuries.
 
A Knowledgeable Judge with Personal and Professional Integrity
 
Since she's been on the bench, Judge Gordon has served as an elected Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association.  Additionally, she presently serves as a member of the District Court Judges Association Board of Governors,  she's published several articles in law and bar publications, and she's made presentations to other judges at the North Carolina Judicial College. 
 
Being a judge is a privilege and a public service.  Each day is a challenge and an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.  Mindful of the wise words of Abraham Lincoln “I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day,” Judge Gordon works hard, makes decisions promptly, manages her large dockets and treats everyone in her courtroom fairly and with dignity.  She is an advocate of educating the public and community about our courts and how they work.