by Mickayla McCann
Toby Hampson, a local Raleigh attorney, is bringing his 16 years of hands-on trial and appellate experience to the bench this year as he runs in the 2018 NC Court of Appeals election.
Endorsed by the North Carolina Democratic Party, Hampson is running for one of three seats up for grabs on the NC Court of Appeals, where Republicans currently have a 10-5 majority.
Hampson states that he was inspired to run because of the deep-rooted respect he has developed over the course of his career for the NC Court of Appeals, and the belief that he can actively improve NC’s judicial system by ensuring justice is served.
“My goal is to make sure we have judges who have real experience dealing with a variety of issues that come before the court and have an understanding of appellate procedure,” Hampson said. “The court has always been known for its respect, collegiality, civility, and efficiency, and I think it’s very important that we elect judges who are committed to the independence of the judiciary and who will work to maintain the independence of the court of appeals, along with the respect it has shown for all who come before it.”
Hampson says it is his experience that sets him apart from the other candidates. After graduating from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 2002, Hampson began clerking at the NC Court of Appeals for Judges K. Edward Greene, Wanda Bryant, and Bob C. Hunter. In 2004, he joined the Raleigh law firm Patterson Dilthey, where he focused on general civil litigation and appellate work. He joined Wyrick, Robbins, Yates & Ponton in 2007, where he is currently a partner, Appellate Practice Group Leader, and a NC State Bar certified Appellate Specialist.
Hampson adds to his impressive list of leadership roles by serving in his church. He recently completed a term as Trustee Chair at Windborne United Methodist Church, and currently acts as the Men’s Group Leader. As a father, husband, leader, and an active member of his community, Hampson knows how much the cases seen by the court mean to people.
“In this era of political discourse, it is vital that we keep civility and collegiality within our judicial system,” Hampson said. “We have to be cognizant of this need; it’s not something we can take for granted. It comes from a commitment to going back to fundamental basics- to treat everyone that comes before the court with respect and with understanding of the time, money, and emotional capital that goes into each case.”
Hampson states that a good judge must have the ability reason clearly, decide cases efficiently, and make opinions that can be understood and applied by both the bench and the bar. As a judge, Hampson pledges to not only uphold these principles, but to ensure equal justice under the law.
“I bring unique experience to the Court of Appeals- the right experience,” Hampson said. “I have handled every type of case that comes in front of the Court of Appeals, and I believe it is vital that we have an independent judiciary who is committed to giving everyone their day in court in a fair and impartial manner.”
To stay updated on Toby Hampson’s candidacy, check out his website.