RALEIGH Aug 1, 2017 Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed a new District Court Judge in Durham County. Amanda Maris will serve as District Court Judge for Judicial District 14 in Durham County. “Amanda brings extensive legal experience and a true commitment to improving the Durham community to her new appointment,” said Gov. Cooper. “I’m pleased to appoint her to the district court bench.” She will serve in the judgeship previously held by Judge Marcia Morey, who resigned on April 5 to take a seat in the North Carolina House. Maris has served as an Assistant Public Defender in District 14 for ten years, and has worked in the District’s Misdemeanor Diversion Program. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law and has experience in private practice. Maris received a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maris lives in Durham County with her family. A devoted community member, Maris serves on the board of two organizations that serve young people in Durham: the Durham County Teen Court and Restitution Program and Rebound: Alternatives for Youth.