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Administering justice

impartially, thoughtfully, and knowledgeably with fairness, integrity, and respect. 

It is an honor to serve all of Mecklenburg County as a District Court Judge. 

~ Judge Aretha Blake

ABOUT

JUDGE

ARETHA V. BLAKE

JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE 

Judge Blake is a current Mecklenburg County District Court Judge. She was elected in November 2016 in a highly visible, countywide judicial campaign. Judge Blake has served the citizens of Mecklenburg County in Family and Juvenile Court. She has presided over matters related to the following areas:

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY

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INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT HEARINGS

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JUVENILE ABUSE, DEPENDENCY, AND NEGLECT

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ALIMONY AND EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION

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CHILD CUSTODY AND CHILD SUPPORT

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CRIMINAL AND CIVIL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

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LEGAL EXPERIENCE

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ABOUT

JUDGE

ARETHA BLAKE

CERTIFIED JUVENILE COURT JUDGE

Judge Blake is a Certified Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court Judge. To receive this distinction, Judge Blake completed 72.25 hours of specialized training in juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect, and dependency, substance abuse, and child development in less than a year. She presided over hundreds of juvenile hearings and is committed to using her experience on the Juvenile Court bench to facilitate the efficient implementation of North Carolina’s new “Raise the Age” law.

 

Judge Blake was first elected in November 2016 in a highly visible, countywide judicial campaign. Judge Blake serves the citizens of Mecklenburg County in Family and Juvenile Court.

 

She presides over matters related to the following areas:

Juvenile Delinquency

Juvenile Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency
Child Custody and Child Support 
Involuntary Commitment Hearings

Alimony and Equitable Distribution 

Civil and Criminal Domestic Violence 

Judge Blake remains committed to serving the community and the Bar. She also serves in various judicial leadership and volunteer roles, including:

Volunteer Truancy Court Judge at Whitewater Middle School


Judicial Liaison to the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition
Led the effort to secure a $10,000 grant to help provide prosocial activities to youth in foster care.


Judicial Liaison to the Juvenile Law Section of the Mecklenburg County Bar

17 YEARS OF DIVERSE LEGAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to her election to the District Court Bench, Judge Blake represented individuals and organizations in state and federal courts in North and South Carolina. She also provided professional development support to law students.

PARKER POE ADAMS & BERNSTEIN LLP, Associate and Special Counsel 
Antitrust, Business Tort, and Intellectual Property Litigation

BAKER & BLAKE LLP, Partner
Family Law, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and Administration, Business and Non-profit Formation and Governance, and Education Law
BLAKE LAW PLLC, Owner
Family Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Business Law 

STELLAR ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS AND LEGAL TRAINING

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, cum laude, 1999, Phi Beta Kappa Society; Full Tuition National Merit Scholarship

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA SCHOOL OF LAW          

Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2002, Georgia Law Review; Full Tuition Woodruff Law Scholarship 

HONORS AND RECOGNITION

“Leader in the Law,” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
“Emerging Legal Leader,” North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
“Rising Star,” North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine
YMCA of Greater Charlotte George Williams Award
“Legal Elite,” Business North Carolina Magazine
North Carolina Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award
Spirit of Charlotte Award, awarded by the Johnston YMCA for community service
Mecklenburg County Bar Association Small Firm Pro Bono Award (Baker & Blake LLP) 
Council for Children’s Rights Small Law Firm of the Year (Baker & Blake LLP)
The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women

SERVICE

BEYOND THE COURTROOM

As a lifelong community and family advocate, Judge Blake is dedicated to engaging with residents of Mecklenburg County beyond the boundaries of the courtroom. Service and civic responsibility is simply a way of living. For more than 20 years, Judge Blake has served families, youth, and community organizations. 

Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Past President and 11-year volunteer leader

Mecklenburg County Bar and Foundation Executive Director Search Committee

Mecklenburg County Bar, Past Member of the Board of Directors and 15-year volunteer

H.L. McCrorey YMCA, Past Chair Board of Managers and 16-year volunteer

Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Past Chair of the Legislative and Community Service Committees
Deltas of Charlotte Foundation, Past Co-Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee
 
Council for Children’s Rights, Past Board Member 
 
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
 
 
 

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4833 Berewick Town Center Drive Ste. E216, Charlotte, NC 28278 

Mecklenburg County Courthouse courtesy of the North Carolina Judicial Branch

 

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