Friday, April 12, 2024

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Doug Green sworn in as newest district court judge

Local attorneys, friends, family, and local judges gathered in the courtroom of the Alamance County Historic Court House Friday afternoon for the swearing in of Clifton Douglas “Doug” Green as the county’s newest district court judge.

Green was named three weeks ago by Governor Roy Cooper to serve out the remaining term (through the November election) of former district court judge Rick Champion who was appointed in December as the county’s first public defender.

A Democrat like Cooper, Green had previously run for the same district court judgeship in 2020 – only to lose out to Champion, a Republican, in that year’s general election.

Green is already on the November ballot for the full, four-year term; Green faces Republican attorney and current county commissioner Craig Turner.

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In the course of brief remarks after the swearing in, Green noted that Turner had been the second person to call him with congratulations.  Both worked together several years in their early careers as assistant district attorneys.

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Photos from Doug Green’s swearing in ceremony, Friday, March 1, 2024:

Attorney Keisha Bluford gave the invocation; in the background is chief district court judge Kathryn Whitaker “Katie” Overby, who presided over the special session of court for Green’s swearing in.
Green and his wife, Jule, before the swearing in.
Senior resident superior court judge Tom Lambeth
Senior resident superior court judge Tom Lambeth administers the oath of office to Doug Green, as his wife, Jules, holds his Bible.
Lambeth congratulates Green after the swearing in.
Green’s wife, Jules, helps him put on the judicial robe for his new duties.
FRIENDS AND COMPETITORS – Craig Turner and Doug Green share a light moment after the swearing in. Turner, a Republican, and Green, a Democrat, will face each other in the November election for the seat that Green will fill between now and then.
District court judge Larry Brown talks with Green’s mother-in-law Sandy Dixon. Dixon, from the Pleasant Grove community, was a long-time member of the Alamance County school board and later was part of the consolidated Alamance-Burlington school board, as well.
Green greets Ruth Hadley.
Doug and Jules Green with Jules’ mother, Sandy Dixon, and Jules’ sisters, Danielle and Nichol.
Doug Green with his two uncles, Harold and Tony Williams and their wives.
Robyn Hadley, Green’s cousin, with his aunt, Ruth Hadley.

Senior resident superior court judge Tom Lambeth administered the oath of office as Green’s wife, Jules, held his Bible.  Chief district court judge Kathryn Whitaker “Katie” Overby presided.  Local attorney Keisha Bluford, who doubles as a local pastor, gave the invocation.

Green is a 1983 graduate of Williams High School where he was a wide receiver; he then attended and played football at Duke University, as well.

Green gave thanks and acknowledgements to his parents, now deceased, as well as two uncles – Tony Williams and Harold Williams – who were present, as well as his brother, Ron Green, who had flown in from New Orleans for the ceremony.

He also credited his “church family,” mentioning having grown up at First Baptist Church Apple Street in Burlington and now at Grace Outreach Ministry in Mebane.

Before his appointment, Green had worked as an attorney with the Smith Giles law firm in Graham, and more recently, as an Assistant Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice.

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