The Honorable Nancy Phillips, district judge for the 13th Judicial District, will deliver the commencement address at the Bladen Community College Basic Skills Graduation ceremony on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.
This graduation honors individuals who have completed their general education development (GED) or adult high school diploma requirements during the preceding year. Approximately one in every seven students receiving high school completion documents in North Carolina do so at community colleges such as BCC.
Because of a change in the graduation schedule from the fall to spring for the basic skills program, this year’s graduation ceremony will only include students who completed requirements since last September.
0002000004F1000003304EB,Judge Phillips did not begin her professional career in the legal profession. Instead she worked as an educator and owner of a private business for many years.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Home Economics at University of North Carolina – Greensboro. Subsequently she worked as an instructor with the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, John Umstead Hospital, and as a teacher at Bryan Station Junior High School. She later owned a business and is a designer of needlework.
She entered the legal profession in private practice after completing her juris doctorate at Campbell University Law School (now Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law) in 1990. She worked in private practice, where she specialized in criminal defense and civil cases, for the next eight years.
In 1998 then Governor Jim Hunt appointed her to the District Court Bench, where she has served for 10 years.
She is married to Dr. Bruce Phillips, an Internist in Elizabethtown, and the couple has three sons and two granddaughters. She is active in the Elizabethtown Optimist Club, a member of the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, and a member of Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where she is active in a number of ministries.