Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has announced her plans to run for the N.C. Supreme Court in 2014.
Lewis currently serves as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge in District 13, which represents Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.
She has been a Superior Court judge in the 13th judicial district since 2000.
term does not expire until 2018, Lewis
feels a run for the N.C. Supreme Court
should be the next step for her
"I give my heart to my job, and I love my job, but I just feel that this is the natural progression," she
various experiences in the judicial system have helped prepare her
for this position.
Lewis graduated from North Carolina Central University's Law School in 1990, and then spent a few years in private practice before becoming an assistant district attorney in Brunswick County.
She then moved on to serve as a district court judge before being elected to the position of superior court judge.
handled a variety of cases, including arguing a re-sentencing on a capital murder trial.
also said her
experience as a litigant in the case of Lewis v. Rapp helped her
understand what the experience is like for a plaintiff.
"I know what it's like to have a case go to the court appeals, and I understand the anxiety that goes along with that," she
time as a Superior Court judge, Lewis
has been instrumental in bringing several court programs to Brunswick County, including the state's first drug court that meets later than 5 p.m., the state's first superior-level mental health court, and the state's first therapeutic courts for sex offenders (the Sex Offender Accountability and Recovery or SOAR court) and domestic violence, as well as the county's therapeutic DWI court.
"I've been able to be creative with these courts, and the county commissioners have been very supportive and that has just made my job easier in terms of how we do business at the Brunswick County Courthouse," Lewis
also helped start the Courthouse Concert Series at the Brunswick County Courthouse.
wanted to bring the performing arts to an audience who may never get to see a concert.
has put a lot of thought in her
decision to run for the state supreme court, and notified judicial standards two years ago of her
intention to run for the position in the 2014 election.
"It is something that I have given much prayer and contemplation to," she