Alamance Democrats pick N.C. Supreme Court law clerk Bryan Norris, Jr. for Nov. ballot

Alamance County Democrats have selected R. Bryan Norris, Jr. to be their nominee on the November ballot to fulfill the remaining two years of former judge Brad Allen’s term on the district court bench.

A native of Alamance County, Norris is a graduate of Davidson College (2010) with a B.A. in political science with a concentration in film and media studies; and the University of North Carolina School of Law (2013). He was admitted to the bar in September 2013.

Norris previously served as an associate with Wishart Norris in Burlington and Sharpless & Stavola in Greensboro, and presently serves as a law clerk to Justice Allison Riggs on the N.C. Supreme Court.

The son of Robert Norris, a name partner in the same law firm where had had once been an associate, the Democratic nominee boasts a particularly deep connection to the legal profession.  Aside from his duties as law clerk, he is active in the North Carolina Bar Association as well as its national counterpart, where he serves on a “law clerk model code” committee. Norris is also involved in an organization called Bar Cares, which provides mental health services to lawyers and paralegals.

Norris currently resides in Burlington with his wife, a fellow attorney, and their two young sons. In his spare time, he practices archery and cheers on the Carolina Panthers.

Norris bested three other candidates in a party conclave on Wednesday to snag the Democratic party’s nomination for Brad Allen’s former seat.

“It’s a really important position,” he went on to assert in an interview Thursday, “and I am honored to be nominated.”

Republicans have chosen Bryan Ray to represent their party on the ballot for the remainder of Allen’s term. See separate story here:

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