Journal of Leadership and the Law

Alumna Highlight: Judge Carrie Vickery

By Janelle Wendorf L'Dec.'17

The Honorable Judge Carrie Vickery is attracted to the idea of making history. She was a member of the charter class of Elon Law, as well as the first Elon alum to be elected or appointed as a District Court Judge. After graduating from Elon Law in May 2009, Vickery had one goal in mind; help others. 

Prior to attending Elon Law, Vickery earned a degree in political science from Western Carolina University. At the young age of 19, Vickery’s hard work paid off when she was admitted to Elon Law. Upon graduation from Elon Law, Judge Vickery practiced family law for six years. However, in January 2017, Vickery’s career path changed. During this time, Vickery became a North Carolina District Court Judge in Forsyth County. While serving in this role, Vickery will hear cases involving family law, misdemeanor criminal charges, and juvenile justice.

On numerous occasions, Vickery has emphasized the importance of team work and support. When talking to Elon Faculty, Vickery said “I am truly grateful. I know that I did not get here by myself. I know there are so many people who made it possible for me to be here and I cannot tell you how humbling that is.” This recognition from Vickery shows the type of leader she is, giving appreciation to those that have helped her become a leader in the North Carolina community.

In addition to her outstanding professional career, Vickery has committed her time to community work and service. She serves on organizations such as the bar association and the Junior League. Vickery further displayed her selflessness by donating a kidney to a fellow attorney in 2013.

During her swearing in ceremony, several characteristics of leadership were emphasized, including humility, fairness, mercy, wisdom, and patience. Vickery encompasses all of these characteristics. The Leadership Fellows applaud Judge Vickery for making history as the first Elon alum to ascend to the bench.