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I dislike talking about myself, so I include a "blog" from someone who observed me while I was still on the bench hearing a pretty complex equitable distribution and alimony case.


Recently, I was sitting in the Lee County District Courthouse in Sanford, North Carolina, assisting on the longest divorce case in its history. Fortunately, it was not mine. Day after day, I observed the presiding judge in detail with attention to her mannerisms, how she spoke, her analysis of information and other essentials. As I admired her as a judge, I wondered about her family and her education.  She was calm, kind and attentive, even when she was obviously annoyed with the parties.

Judge Marcia K. Stewart of Blue Goat fame mesmerized me at times because her spirit enveloped the courtroom and her words healed. She reminded me of one of my Air Force supervisors, Kathleen O’Donnell.  She too was a healer and managed the largest organization on base. She was a delight to work with and always left you feeling like a genius. 

What stands out in both cases, though, is how they are well respected by their colleagues. Ms. O’Donnell and Judge Stewart have qualities which I rarely see these days especially in senior management or in a court of law. A court deputy said it perfectly though: “She not only does her job really well, but she is compassionate.” 

Compassion is why I have written this blog today using real-life examples. Compassionate is a trait deemed necessary to feel a deep awareness of the suffering of another. Judge Stewart embodied this quality because, added with fairness, she works hard at understanding both sides of a story.



Practice areas


  1. Family: 40%
    21 years
  2. Alimony: 20%
    21 years
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    21 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    21 years
  5. Divorce: 10%
    21 years



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    I endorse this lawyer. She is a hard worker, difficult to beat in a courtroom. Very good attorney.


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  • Gregory M. Byrd

    I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Stewart is a former Judge, who presided over hundreds of complex cases in many areas. Her impressive knowledge of the law is only surpassed by her people skills. I highly recommend her.


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Stewart, Schmidlin, Bullock, & Gupta PLLC

115 S. Third Street
Post Office Drawer 120
Smithfield, NC, 27577


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge11th Judicial District (Johnston, Lee & Harnett Counties)2000 - 2006
Army Reserve OfficerArmy Judge Advocate General Corps1991 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Johnston County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
N. C. Bar Assoc.Member1995 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Michigan State UniversityJames Madison College - Public AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1991