Hi, I'm Samantha Mobley
I'm 41 years old. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I graduated cum laude from Ursuline College, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. I attended law school in North Carolina at the Charlotte School of Law. I loved Charlotte so much I never looked back and I decided to make North Carolina my home. I am licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina and the District of Columbia. I am also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. I am in good standing with each bar that I am admitted to.
My name is Samantha Mobley. Thank you for electing me to serve as your next District Court Judge. I presently serve Mecklenburg County as a Magistrate. In this role, I have had the opportunity to preside in a wide range of cases. Civil cases include civil disputes up to $10,000, landlord tenant cases, involuntary commitments (related to mental health and substance abuse), emergency protective orders including temporary custody, and marriages. In criminal court, I conduct initial appearances and render judgments in infraction and misdemeanors cases. I conduct hearings on conditional discharges and probable cause. Before rendering judgment, I approach each case by considering the individual, the facts, and the law in order to determine the appropriate resolution.
Prior to the pandemic, I held truancy court at a Charlotte Mecklenburg public school, before normal court hours began. In truancy court, I worked with families whose children have had a large number of unexcused absences from school. I met with the parents in both a group and an individual setting in order to listen and understand the unique barriers and needs of each family. This was important to me because I believe that it is critical for our children to get a solid foundation in the form of education. They are imperative to the success of our community.
My experience outside of the courtroom includes seven years at the Bank of America and three years at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. At Bank of America, I gained extensive knowledge about the banking industry and held a managerial role. At the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, I developed and managed the annual budget of $450,000 and held a managerial role there as well. During this time, I met and empathized with many families who were learning to cope with the life changing challenges of type 1 diabetes.
I serve on the Mecklenburg County Bar memorials committee where I have had the honor and privilege of holding courthouse memorials for attorneys and judges who have passed away. I volunteer with Veterans Bridge Home, where the mission is to connect Veterans and their families, in any state of transition, to the community by helping Veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families. I also volunteer with Heal Charlotte whose mission is to revitalize neighborhoods through community events, youth development, family stability programs and building better community relations with the police department to provide a safer and healthier living environment for the community it serves.
During this pandemic, I have remained on the bench and ready to serve the community by continuing to hold hearings each and every day. As your next district court judge, I will continue to be a reliable member of this court. I will work hard to be fair by acknowledging and setting aside biases. I will listen thoroughly to each side of the case. I will exercise empathy and compassion when appropriate. Finally, I will honor and apply the law to ensure equal treatment.
Thank you for electing me to be your next District Court Judge. I ask for your continued support. Click here to donate, volunteer or endorse. I appreciate you taking time to visit my website to learn more about my campaign.
Why do you want to be a district court judge?
From the time I was five years old until I graduated from high school, I grew up in a home where our family served as a foster family to many young people. I became very curious about how and why some kids grow up in a home with people to whom they are not biologically related. I wanted to know why kids who wanted to be with their biological family could not live with their biological family. Not realizing it at the time, I had a front row seat to the courts effect on families.
I learned that it was necessary for some kids to be separated from their parents, because they were being abused and or severely neglected. Their physical scars were apparent. I learned that some kids were separated from their parents due to abandonment. Their emotional scars were apparent. I learned that sometimes it was the behavior of the child that caused families to separate. Lastly, I came to understand that it was necessary for the court to step in for children who were mentally challenged and could not offer a lot of meaningful input on decisions that affected their lives.
I often wondered, who is the person that decides what is in the best in the interest of everyone? And how were these decisions made? Who is the person that helps families put the pieces back together after suffering a traumatic event? I want to be that person. I want to help bring healthy resolutions to challenging problems that families face. Family law is just one way to do this. I want to bring resolve to conflict in every type of case. I want to help parties obtain a sense of relief by determining a fair resolution based in the law. Sometimes, simply having an answer, one way or the other, can bring about immense relief to the people involved. As a district court Judge, I will work hard to provide timely relief, based in the law, so that those who come before me, can begin to move forward with their lives.