Fair and Experienced. Knowledgeable and Courteous. Focused on Families.
Judge Worley's 27-year career as a lawyer has been focused on families. Before being elected in 2008, she practiced as a family lawyer and passed the specialization exam to become a NC State Bar Certified Family Law Specialist. As a Specialist, she provide an exceptional degree of experience and expertise to the Wake County Family Court. Judge Worley is a DRC-Certified Family Financial Mediator, and the training has enhanced her success in finding solutions for families going through separations that treat the family holistically. The Wake County District Court needs judges who are focused on and trained in family law.
As a Spanish-speaker, Judge Worley make our courts more accessible to first-generation families who are faced with new laws and complex legal processes. Judge Worley has been told that she is the second Hispanic judge elected in the state of North Carolina, after Judge Albert Diaz. Judge Worley is proud to have expanded the diversity of the court.
Judge Worley has served Wake County since her election in 2008. In this primary election she runs as an active Democrat. Prior to her election to the Bench in 2008, she was honored to serve as a Democratic Party officer in both Wake County (Party Secretary 2005-2008) and Guilford County (Rural Vice Chair 2001-2003 and Secretary 2003). She also served as the NC Hispanic Democrats Vice-Chair (2004-2008). Judge Worley has worked for the Democratic Party in many roles, because the Party best upholds the ideals of social justice, environmental responsibility and civil rights that she holds dear.
Judge Worley is a 1993 graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1996 Wake Forest Law graduate. She is a Board-certified Specialist in Family Law and a DRC-certified Family Financial Mediator. Spanish is her second language. Her fellow lawyers recognized her expertise naming her as one of Business North Carolina’s 2008 Family Law Legal Elite.
Judge Worley served on the NCAJ Board of Governors from 2002 until elected in 2008. She represented victims of domestic violence free of charge with the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Judge Worley has volunteered with Dressed for Success, preparing women to obtain jobs; with Haven House, helping court-involved children; and WomenNC, mentoring student advocates.
Registered voters can vote March 5 in the North Carolina primary. Independent voters can also vote in the Democratic Primary.