Baxley, Jaymie. “Pembroke attorney sworn in as judge.” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC). June 3, 2016
Pembroke attorney Dale Deese was sworn in to be a District Court judge for Robeson County on June 3, 2016.
Deese achieved a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina in 1983 and then a law degree from the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law in 1989. Over the last 23 years, Deese was a senior managing attorney in the Pembroke Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Over the years, Deese has won multiple awards, including the Julian Pierce Award for Public Interest Law from NCCU in 1994 and Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2012 by the North Carolina Bar Association. Deese credits Pierce, a slain attorney who ran for a judgeship in 1988, for inspiring him to become a lawyer. Because of that, he was a co-founder of the Julian T. Peirce Memorial Scholarship Initiative that launched in 2013.
Deese replaces the recently retired Judge John Carter.