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Alumna Appointed Wake County Judge


Alumna Ashleigh Parker Dunston has been appointed as District Court judge in North Carolina’s 10th Judicial District by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.

Prior to being appointed to the Wake County post, Parker Dunston served as assistant attorney general for the N.C. Department of Justice and, previously, as an assistant district attorney in Wake County.  As a prosecutor, she tried District Court cases such as identity theft, misdemeanor child abuse and misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. 

Parker Dunston is a member of the Wake County Bar Association Board of Directors and serves as chair of the Public Service Committee. She recently received the county bar association’s President’s Award of Excellence.

Parker Dunston was named as Forty Under Forty awardee by NCCU in Sept. 2016.

She has been in leadership roles on several boards, including chair of the City of Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board, chair of the State Employee’s Credit Union Advisory Board and vice president of the NCCU Law Alumni Executive Board.

Parker Dunston holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wake Forest University and a juris doctor from the NCCU School of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 2012.

She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also is also a certified criminal justice instructor and employment mediator for the State of North Carolina.

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