Carl Fox

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge (Ret.)

Keynote Speaker

Carl Fox is a retired Superior Court Judge who spent 42 years in the judicial system of North Carolina. After earning a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975, Carl became the first Black District Attorney in the state of North Carolina. He went on to become the first Black judge in Judicial District 15B which covers Chatham and Orange Counties, thanks to an appointment by Governor Michael F. Easley in March 2005.

After being diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (a blood cancer) in 2015, Carl received treatment and a lifesaving bone marrow transplant at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Hospitals. He made a full recovery and returned to the bench in July 2016. Prior to receiving his lifesaving transplant, Carl, his wife, Julia, and several friends created “Save the Fox”, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the need for bone marrow donors, especially minority donors, and registering new potential donors for patients suffering from blood cancers.

Although he served across North Carolina as a judge, most of his career was spent serving the citizens of Chatham and Orange Counties. In addition to his time on the bench and as a prosecutor, Carl served as a television and radio commentator for several networks, including Court TV, WRAL, ABC11, and WCHL.

Carl retired on October 1, 2020, after decades of service in the North Carolina court system. In his retirement, he enjoys traveling with his wife, walking, working on behalf of “Save the Fox” and other charities, cooking, playing golf, taking care of Molly, and attending church. He plans to begin his next chapter as a certified mediator in March 2021.