Yvonne Mims Evans


Retired Resident Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans

Judge Yvonne Mims Evans, a native of Hendersonville, NC received a BA in History from Wellesley College (1973) and JD from Duke University School of Law (1976). After law school, she joined the prestigious civil rights law firm founded by Julius Chambers and was the firm’s first female attorney and later, its first female partner. In 1989, Judge Evans became Managing Attorney with the Children’s Law Firm, managing a staff of attorneys who represented children in juvenile matters.

 Judge Evans was elected to the District Court bench in November 1992. She was appointed Chief District Court Judge in 2001 by I. Beverly Lake, Jr., Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Judge Evans was the first woman to be appointed Chief District Court Judge in Mecklenburg County. In 2003, Governor Mike Easley appointed Judge Evans to Superior Court.  Judge Evans was subsequently elected to an eight-year term in 2004 and was reelected in 2012. After 25 years on the bench, Judge Evans retired in January 2018.

 Judge Evans has been recognized over the years for being fair and impartial to all parties who have come before her. Judge Evans has also been active in her community, serving on both the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission and as a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA.