Last September, Hurricane Florence devastated North Carolina’s families, its communities, and its courts. There had to be “contingency plans for contingency plans” in order to deal with a storm that upended lives and work. Court Administrators Ellen Hancox and Caitlin Emmons talk about how their courts and their families endured and how their continuity of operations plans held up in the face of flooded facilities and judges who had not yet fully recovered from the previous hurricane (Matthew). Ellen and Caitlin share good advice for all of us from their experience.
Ellen Hancox has served as the Trial Court Administrator for Cumberland County, N. C. since 2002. She attended the University of Mary Washington and Campbell University School of Law. Before joining the court system, she was in private practice, and her practice was devoted to civil litigation. She is involved in the Cumberland County Bar Association, having served as President. She has served on various committees and boards with the North Carolina Bar Association.
Caitlin Emmons graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Law in 2015. She was a fellow at the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice from 2016-2017. In 2017, Caitlin relocated to North Carolina with her husband who is on active duty serving as a United States Marine. She worked as the Judicial Assistant for Onslow County from September 2017 until January 2019. She is now the Trial Court Coordinator for Judicial District 4, which includes Onslow, Sampson, Duplin, and Jones counties.