GUILFORD COUNTY — An attorney who won the Democratic primary race for a Guilford County judgeship has been appointed to the bench in the wake of the resignation of Judge Mark Cummings.
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper late last week appointed Greensboro attorney Kelvin Smith to the District 18 judgeship left vacant when Cummings left the bench near the end of last year. Smith’s appointment took effect immediately, according to the governor’s office.
Smith won the March 3 Democratic Party primary by defeating fellow Greensboro attorney Gavin Reardon. Smith is virtually assured of winning the seat this fall since no Republican nor a candidate of another political party filed for the Nov. 3 general election.
Smith has been president of the Law Office of Kelvin D. Smith, where he focuses on civil litigation and criminal defense. He is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Guilford County Association of Black Lawyers.
Smith earned his law degree from the Charlotte School of Law and his bachelor’s of science degree at North Carolina A&T State University.