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Get to know Caroline Pemberton

Caroline Pemberton has deep roots in the community and is a dedicated servant to the people of Greensboro. A native of Jamaica, Caroline immigrated to the United States as a teenager to join her mother in Brooklyn, New York. Ten years later, Caroline found her way south to Greensboro, where she found a welcoming community and her long-term home. Caroline earned her Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing from Borough of Manhattan Community College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She continued her academic career at Winston Salem State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and graduated Suma Cum Laude. She is the proud mother of 3 children, Brian (1983-2019), Brandon and Brianna

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While working as a nurse manager at Kindred Hospital, Caroline drove to Durham, N.C. three nights a week to attend North Carolina Central University's School of Law. She was admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association after passing the exam on her first attempt.

She did all of this while raising her three children as a single mother.

Since completing law school, Caroline has been serving the public as an Assistant District Attorney. She is now the primary Assistant District Attorney for the Greensboro Juvenile Court of Guilford County. For the last thirteen years, she has been an honest, fair, and impartial prosecutor; qualities that she will undoubtedly bring to the bench. Her peers describe her as being tough but fair and consistent in her approach.

Caroline has worked in courtrooms including criminal, domestic, traffic, juvenile, felony probation, and specialty courts (mental health and juvenile drug court). As the Primary Assistant District Attorney for juvenile court, Caroline applies her experience, compassion, and dedication to equal justice under the law to every case. Caroline views her role as an opportunity to protect not only the safety of the community but also to rehabilitate juvenile offenders. She strives to prevent juvenile offenders from becoming a permanent part of the judicial system. She is currently a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee. 

Her extensive experience in the courtroom allows her to manage heavy caseloads efficiently and effectively. She has been instrumental in reducing heavy courtroom dockets and ensuring that defendants' cases are resolved promptly. Caroline is a tremendous resource for the community.

In addition to working as a prosecutor, Caroline continues to work as a registered nurse on the weekends. For the past ten years, she has been working in both capacities as an Assistant District Attorney (Monday-Friday) and a Registered Nurse (Saturday-Sunday). Her compassion for caring for the sick is the main reason she continues to work in the capacity of a nurse even after law school. 

Caroline believes that a Judge should not only be active within the courtroom but should be actively involved in the community on a continuous basis. In addition to serving the citizen of Guilford County as an Assistant District Attorney (13 years) and a Registered Nurse for 28 years, she also serves on the following committees and a member of several organizations that provide services to the community:

  • Guilford County Nursing Home Care Community Advisory Committee

  • Guilford County Nursing Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee

  • Multi-Diciplinary Team for Abuse/Neglect Committee of the Family Justice Center

  • Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee

  • Juvenile Drug Treatment Court

  • System of Care Committee

  • Guilford County Epilepsy Support Group

  • NAACP-Health Committee (Greensboro Branch)

  • National Council of Negro Women Metropolitan Greensboro Area  Section

  • League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad

  • Democratic Women of Guilford County

  • African American Caucus-Greensboro

  • Greensboro Bar Association

  • Guilford County Black Lawyers Association

  • North Carolina Board of Nursing-active licensed member

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