It is important for a Superior Court Judge to have experience in civil and criminal court. I have tried multiple jury trials in both courts and am a certified mediator. Having represented clients in many different kinds of cases, I have the ability to be fair and neutral as a judge.
It is critical for the judge of this Court to recognize that integrity and respect are cornerstones of the legal process. As judge, I will serve as your public servant with integrity throughout each court proceeding. If elected, I will create an atmosphere that fosters integrity by treating all individuals with the utmost respect and civility.
The judicial system is inherently broken if the law only applies to certain people. As judge, I will be committed to upholding the law regardless of the individuals or businesses involved. The residents of Lenoir & Greene Counties deserve a judge that will follow the law in each case and judge on the merits of the case free from bias and prejudice.
Stuart L. Stroud is a native of Lenoir County and is the oldest child of Reginald and Maidred Stroud. Stuart graduated from South Lenoir High School in 1985. He received his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. He then went on to graduate from Law School at Campbell University in 1992. While in law school, he was a member of the trial advocacy team and was honored to be included in “The Order of Old Kivette” for having excelled in advocacy in regional trial competition.
Stuart began working for the law firm of Wallace, Morris Barwick and Rochelle in 1992 and has been a partner in that firm, now Wallace, Morris, Barwick, Landis and Stroud, PA, since 1997. Stuart is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the N. C. Bar Association. Stuart is admitted to practice in all state courts of North Carolina as well as Federal District Court- Eastern District and the Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals.
Stuart’s legal practice initially focused on Criminal Defense, Litigation and Trials in District and Superior Court. However, for the last 15 years he has focused on civil litigation representing clients in a variety of legal disputes across eastern North Carolina and has tried civil jury trials in over 20 counties. Stuart has also been certified as a Superior Court Mediator since 1999. Mediators assist other attorneys and their clients in resolving their disputes without litigation. In 2008, Stuart was invited to join the Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court.
Stuart has been married to Kelli Barefoot Stroud since 1992 and they reside in Kinston. Stuart and Kelli have one daughter who is 20 and a Junior at Appalachian State University.
Stuart has a wide variety of civic interests and is particularly involved with his church. Stuart has served as a member of the Vestry at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and has previously served as the Senior Warden. Stuart was honored to receive the Order of Saint George Award from the Episcopal Church and the Boy Scouts of America in 2015 for his dedication to the youth of the church and his service to the Boy Scouts. Stuart is a former assistant scoutmaster with Troop 41 in Kinston and still serves on the Troop Committee.
Stuart has been involved with Boy Scouts since cub scouts and earned his Eagle Scout award in 1983. He is a Vigil honor member and Founder’s award recipient from the Order of the Arrow and a former Lodge Chief of Croatan Lodge. Stuart has been the Council attorney for The East Carolina Council for over ten years. In 2011, Stuart received the Silver Beaver Award for his service to the Caswell district and East Carolina council. Stuart has also been on the board for the Pride of Kinston, the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross and is a member of the Rotary Club of Kinston, the Committee of 100 and is a supporter of the United Way.
Stuart, in his spare time, likes to hunt (previous sponsor and committee member with Ducks Unlimited and is a member of the NRA), fish, exercise, read, backpack, cook and spend time with his extended family.
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