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Hi, I'm Kevin

Kevin Boxberger


I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During my childhood, I managed to excel in school and athletics despite the complexities of having divorced parents and living in a community grappling with socioeconomic issues. Notwithstanding these adversities, I was fortunate to have both parents actively involved in my life. My father, a high school dropout, displayed unparalleled dedication despite limited means. Meanwhile, my mother, a police officer, and my stepfather, a firefighter and paramedic, resided in the suburbs outside of Chicago. It was in their service-oriented roles that I inherited my commitment to making a positive impact.


At the age of 18, I joined the military soon after high school graduation. I served in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter and had duty stations that included Texas, South Carolina, and a tour in Iraq. While in the military, I earned both a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a associate's in Fire Science.  My wife, Cynthia, who has roots in eastern North Carolina, longed to return to the Triangle where she earned her degree from North Carolina State University. It didn't take much convincing for me to realize that North Carolina was where I wanted to settle and start a family. Cynthia was fortunate to land a job at SAS Institute. Eager to continue my commitment to public service, I became a firefighter for the City of Raleigh. As a firefighter, I forged genuine connections with members from various, diverse communities while protecting life and property.  


Firefighting was extremely fulfilling. However, I harbored a desire to make an impact on a different scale. It was during this time that I transitioned to my next phase of public service – the study of law. I vividly recall the expressions on my colleagues' faces when, as a new father to nine month old twins, I shared my decision to leave a stable and respected career to start anew in law school.

Firefighter Kevin Boxberger


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I attended North Carolina Central School of Law where I graduated cum laude in 2013. Upon graduating, I continued to serve the public as a criminal defense attorney.  I practiced criminal and juvenile law in Wake County for almost a decade. Prior to becoming a judge, I served as a Regional Defender for North Carolina Indigent Defense Services, where I oversaw the court-appointed system in Wake County, Johnston County, Harnett County, Lee County, Wayne County, Lenoir County, and Greene County.


In May 2024, Governor Roy Cooper appointed me to the District Court bench following the retirement of Chief District Court Judge Ned Mangum. 


Fairness: I understand that justice must be blind, and I administer it with integrity, ensuring that all individuals, regardless of background, receive a fair and just trial.


Competency: With a comprehensive understanding of legal principles, I interpret and apply the law judiciously. I stay abreast of legal developments ensuring I am equipped to make informed and just decisions.

Demeanor: My positive and composed demeanor not only contribute to the smooth functioning of the court, but also enhances public confidence in the justice system. It establishes the tone for the courtroom, fostering an atmosphere of civility and ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their role in the legal process, feel heard and respected.

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