Shirley L. Fulton
Commissioner- Board Chair
Former Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge
Shirley Fulton is perhaps the most recognizable figure in Mecklenburg County, having spent over 20 years in the court as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Resident Superior Court Judge, District Court Judge, and Assistant District Attorney. In 2006, Judge Fulton was recognized by “Super Lawyers” magazine, as a Charlotte Super Lawyer, a distinction earned by only 5% of the practicing lawyers in a given state or region.
A community leader widely admired for her ability to build bridges between hostile groups, Judge Fulton lead the revitalization of Wesley Heights community, an inner city neighborhood. She is the owner of The Wadsworth Estate in Wesley Heights where she continues to serve the community as the operator of a site for weddings, receptions, meetings and other special events. She currently chairs Charlotte School Board of Visitors and Board of Directors and is a Commissioner for INLIVIAN and a member of North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Hearing Commission.
In 2010, Judge Fulton was honored with N C Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine and is currently featured in AT&T’s 2014 Heritage Calendar Celebrating the N.C. African American Experience. She was selected to receive the North Carolina Supreme Court Justice’s 2015 Professionalism Award.