Mary Catherine Stokes was born and raised just outside of Ayden, North Carolina, on her family’s farm in Greene County. She graduated from Furman University and immediately thereafter, attended Campbell University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in May 2012. Upon graduation from law school, she moved back to eastern North Carolina and practiced criminal law in Pitt County from October 2012 until March 2016. She joined Strickland, Agner & Associates in April 2016 and practices in the firm’s Kinston Office.
While in law school, Ms. Stokes was a member of Women in Law, Campbell Council for Pro Bono and Community Outreach, and Delta Theta Phi, one of the leading professional law fraternities in the world. She participated in Campbell’s Client Counseling and Intramural Moot Court Competitions. Ms. Stokes served as a facilitator for Campbell’s Juvenile Justice Project, a collaborative effort of the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission and Campbell Law. The program receives referrals from juvenile intake counselors, juvenile court, teen court, and the local school system for juveniles who have been accused of criminal activity or disruptive behavior and strives to bring victims and offenders together in an effort to foster collaborative healing, rather than specifically seeking punishment. As a facilitator, Ms. Stokes engaged all involved parties in dialogue to address the specifics of a violation, how it occurred, why it occurred, and what happened as a result. Ms. Stokes also worked on the Campbell Law Innocence Project (CLIP) for two years, where she was partnered with personnel at the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence to review, investigate, and make recommendations on real criminal cases.
Ms. Stokes chose a career in criminal defense because of her internship experiences in law school. Under the North Carolina Bar’s third-year practice rule, Ms. Stokes practiced criminal law in district court during her internships at the Wake County District Attorney, the Harnett County District Attorney, and the Wake County Public Defender.
Since graduating from law school, Ms. Stokes has been an active member of her local Bar. She currently serves as President of the Lenoir County Bar Association. She is a former President of the Pitt County Bar Association/Three-A Judicial District Bar. Currently, Ms. Stokes represents the interests of her clients on a statewide level as an Executive Council Member of the Criminal Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
In her free time, Ms. Stokes enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being outdoors, particularly on her family’s farm in Greene County or their property on Harker’s Island.
- Strickland, Agner & Associates, Kinston, NC (April 2016 – Present)
- The Robinson Law Firm, Greenville, NC (October 2012 – March 2016)
- Juris Doctor – 2012; Campbell University School of Law
- Bachelor of Arts in History – 2009; Furman University
- North Carolina State Bar – Admitted September 2012
- United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina – Admitted September 2012