Wilton Russell “Rusty” Duke, Jr.
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Wilton Russell (Rusty) Duke, Jr. was born August 28, 1947, in Louisburg, North Carolina. Serving Of Counsel to the firm, Rusty is engaged in a broad criminal and civil litigation practice. As a member of the North Carolina State Bar, Rusty is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the State of North Carolina. He is a member of the Senior Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Rusty practiced law as a general practitioner for 12 years, 1976–1988, prior to being elected as a judge of the District Court, where he served Pitt, Craven, Carteret, and Pamlico Counties from 1988-1990.
From 1991-1992, Rusty served as a Resident Superior Court Judge. For over 23 years, he served as the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge of Pitt County, North Carolina, from January 1, 1993, until February 29, 2016.
Rusty has also served as:
- Former Vice President of the North Carolina Superior Court Judges Conference
- Former member of the Continuing Judicial Education Committee of the Judges Conference
- Former member of the Advisory Budget Committee of the Administrative Office of the Courts
- Former member of the United States 4th Circuit Judicial Conference
Rusty earned his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University in 1970 and his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1974. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable John D. Larkins, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
- Council’s Distinguished Citizen’s Award, 2014
- Member of the Greenville Rotary Club
- Member of the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America
- Former Mayor of the Town of Farmville
- Former Trustee of Meredith College
- Former Committee Member of Young Life of Greenville Pitt County