Judge Rebecca Knight
District Court Judge Rebecca Knight was a Girl Scout all over the world. She was born in Louisiana but she only lived there six weeks. Her father was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, she says, “and we moved all the time.”
“Some places had Girl Scouts and some didn’t so I was never able to complete the program but it was always nice to have ready-made friends if we moved to a place where Scouting was available.
“I loved being part of a group that did positive things that helped others, and I believe that carried on to the legal profession.”
Rebecca says that she and her three brothers – all Boy Scouts – went to a different school every year until she was in 11th grade. She lived all over the United States, and a number of places in Europe. When she was in 4th grade, her Dad was stationed in Athens, where they lived until King Constantine II was overthrown and the Americans were asked to leave. She still says that one of her favorite memories was of going to Girl Scout Camp in Corinth (of New Testament fame), about 50 miles southwest of Athens. To get to the camp, the girls took a very old bus to cross over from the mainland on a narrow, one-lane bridge that she swears was at least “1,000 miles above the water – all the girls screamed crossing over but laughed crossing back two weeks later.”
Rebecca went to Appalachian State University in Boone as a health and PE major. She first saw the school as a young girl accompanying her mother back to her home county of Madison. Rebecca fell in love with the place during a snowball fight and decided then and there she was coming back.
After college, she worked as a PE teacher and coach in Florida and Charlotte before she and her husband moved to Buies Creek so he could attend Campbell Law School. Buies Creek is a very small town about half way between Raleigh and Fayetteville, and there were no teaching jobs to be had, so Rebecca decided to join her husband at law school. After graduation, she worked in private practice and as assistant county attorney in Buncombe where she represented the department of social services in child and elder abuse and neglect cases. She then became district attorney and felony prosecutor for child abuse and assaults on women.
In 1990, Rebecca was elected District Court Judge and assigned to family court. “God led me,” she says. “It was all part of a great plan.”
Rebecca very much enjoys being a judge. “It’s a little like being a fireman,” she says. “Sometimes you get the chance to save people from a burning building. As a teacher, I could help one child at a time. As a judge, I can help more.
“I can work to get kids out of scary situations. I can help them get their lives back on track.
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