Randolph Baskerville, retired District Court Judge for the 9th Judicial District was born on July 22, 1949 in Henderson, North Carolina to the late Charlie & Sallie Baskerville. At an early age he realized that he had a strong desire to help people and so began his journey to become an attorney.
He attended Henderson Institute in the 10th and 11th grades before graduating from Middleburg High School in 1967. He decided to further his education at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in May of 1971. He then set out on a quest to obtain a Master’s degree by enrolling in the graduate school at NC A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina where he received his Master of Science in History in December, 1972. Realizing his true calling to help others and be of service to his community, he attended North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in May, 1976.
Randolph served as the first African American Assistant District Attorney in the 9th Judicial district from 1979-1985. He served as a District Court Judge for nine years from 2006-2014. He has more than 25 years of experience in private law practice. In his career, he has tried to jury verdict numerous major felonies including first-degree murders and drug trafficking, as well as having recovered millions of dollars for his clients through personal injury jury trials and civil settlements.
He is a past member of Habitat for Humanity, Crime Stoppers, the Board of Directors of Bank of America, the American Cancer Society, the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers and past Eagle Scout Mentor for the Boys Scouts of America. He is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He has been honored to receive: The Assistant District Attorney Charles W. Williamson Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award; the Assistant District Attorney Vance County Black Caucus Association’s James P. Green Distinguished Service Award; the NAACP Community Service Award; Bank of America Board Member Service Award; Partners in Education (Vance County Schools) Service Award; the Black History Month Black Hero Award (Young Memorial Church); MAD (Making a Difference) Service Award; African American Achievement Award (Warren County Youth Services) and Lifetime Member Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
His professional associations include: Board of Directors of the Vance County Education Foundation, member of the North Carolina Bar Association; member and past president of the Vance County Bar Association; member and past president of the Charles W. Williamson Bar Association; Past member of the Ninth Judicial District Grievance Committee; Past member of the of the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers and past member of the Board of Directors of North Central Legal Services.
His hobbies include: Reading, collecting African American Art and Gardening. He serves as a volunteer at Maria Parham Medical Center and ACTS(Area Christians Together in Service). He understands the value of being grounded spiritually and is a member of Ashley Grove Baptist Church.
Randolph is no stranger to the Henderson area and has made Henderson his home. He says that three of the greatest joys of his life are his devoted wife, Sarah, his daughter Latoyia Baskerville Smith and his son Attorney Nathan Baskerville. But, the ones who truly hold the key to his heart are his granddaughters Elyse and Noelle.