Eric was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1992. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1996, and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 1997. After working for the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission and the Research Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Eric joined the staff of the Public Defender’s Office in Greensboro in February 1999. As an assistant public defender, Eric practiced exclusively in juvenile delinquency court and involuntary commitment court. Eric was appointed state Juvenile Defender by the Indigent Defense Services Commission in November 2004 and has served since then. The mission of the Office of the Juvenile Defender is to provide services and support to defense attorneys, to evaluate and improve the system of representation, to elevate the stature of juvenile delinquency representation, and to work with other juvenile justice actors to promote positive change in the juvenile justice system. Eric served as Director of the Southern Juvenile Defender Center from September 2010 through September 2014, providing resources and support for juvenile defenders in seven southeastern states. In 2013 Eric was among the first class board certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in criminal law- juvenile delinquency. Eric received the Robert E. Shepard Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense from the National Juvenile Defender Center in October 2013. He was was recognized as a Defender of Justice by the North Carolina Justice Center in 2018 and the North Carolina Bar Association Juvenile Justice Section Children’s Champion in 2019. Eric lives in Raleigh with his wife Becky and two daughters Rachel and Camille.
Prior to joining The Office of the Juvenile Defender, Kim Howes had been in private practice since 2011. Her practice focused on the representation of children involved in juvenile delinquency matters and adult criminal defense. She also worked part time with The Child’s Advocate, a nonprofit organization that represents children involved in high conflict custody cases, as well as children who have been victims or witnesses in criminal matters. Kim most recently co-wrote and co-edited the North Carolina Bar Association’s North Carolina General Practice Deskbook, Vol. 3, Criminal Law, Juvenile Proceedings – Delinquency section. It is scheduled to be published in early 2015. Kim has recently presented at The Child’s Advocate CLE training, “How to Represent a Child in a High Conflict Custody Case.”
Currently, she is a volunteer attorney with Teen Court in Wake County and participates in the WCBA Lawyers in Schools program. Before starting her practice, Kim practiced in the area of family law. Kim graduated from UNC School of Law in 2010. While in law school, Kim was an intern with The Child’s Advocate and The Office of the Juvenile Defender where she worked extensively on the Youth Development Center Commitment Project. She also participated in the UNC Juvenile Justice Clinic under the third year practice rule. Prior to attending law school, her career focused on child advocacy from a holistic and public policy perspective working at Prevent Child Abuse NC and The NC Child Advocacy Institute (currently NC Child) with emphasis on education, juvenile justice, and child abuse and neglect.
Kim is available to provide technical assistance to Juvenile Defenders through individualized case consultations, legal research and providing draft motions for your office. Periodically you may see her in juvenile court in your district as she continues to get to know defenders across the state. You will also be receiving emails from her about statewide defender calls as well as networking opportunities with other juvenile defenders across the state such as the informal lunches that have been hosted for juvenile defenders at the Spring Conference.
Kim can be reached by email here.
Marcus Thompson hails from the humble little town of Plymouth, North Carolina. Growing up as an avid reader and creative writer and desiring to do something with his talents that could impact others, he decided to pursue a career in print journalism. In 2010, he earned his undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Aggie Pride!). He also had a brief interest in learning entertainment law, but at the advice of his professors decided not to pursue a law degree since he was not as passionate about practicing the law.
From high school up to now, Marcus has worked with The Sanford Herald, The A&T Register, The Greensboro News & Record, the N.C. governor’s press office, and served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working for the City of Raleigh, in addition to lending his writing and editing skills to smaller nonprofit organizations and online publishers. As professional job opportunities in print media became scarcer, he began to look towards working in communications in the corporate business or nonprofit sectors before joining the Office of the Juvenile Defender as the communications and office manager.
Keeping with his passion to inspire, inform, and entertain others with his own unique view of the world, Marcus also continues in his creative writing endeavors on the side. He has written and created dozens of short comics, poems, and prose stories over the years, and been published several times in various anthologies, both online and in print. He hopes to continue developing his journalistic and technical writing abilities along with his creative writing skills as he progresses in his communications career.
Marcus can be reached here by email or call our office at 919-890-1650.
Monique Williams is a native of Gastonia, N.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. She then received a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Gardner-Webb University in 2011. Upon receiving her Master’s Degree, Monique worked as an English instructor teaching developmental English courses, entry-level writing courses, and served as a writing coach in the writing center for Gaston College in Dallas, N.C. She then ventured into the pharmaceutical industry where she gained her corporate training experience as a senior reimbursement counselor and corporate trainer with The Lash Group from 2011 to 2014. While working full time, Monique enrolled as a part-time student at Charlotte School of Law in 2013. She completed her Juris Doctor in 2015, and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in March of 2016. She joined the Pitt County Public Defender’s Office in 2017 where she gained experience doing juvenile work for both delinquency and DSS cases. She also gained experience as a Superior Court attorney before her arrival at the Office of Juvenile Defender in 2019. Monique resides in Greenville, N.C. with her husband Harris and their beautiful Aussie/Huskie puppy, Drake.
Monique can be reached here by email or by phone at 919-890-1644.