Guest Speaker District Attorney Spencer Merriweather
Sunday, Oct. 1 after the 9:00 am Mass
10:15 to 11:15 am in Biss Hall
St. Peter parishioner and Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather
will provide an overview of the criminal justice system in the United States,
along with trends and actions in North Carolina and Mecklenburg County.
He’ll cover the racial impact of mass incarceration, the pivotal role of the DA
and alternative programs that have been implemented in our county.
Spencer Merriweather is District Attorney for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, after having been appointed in 2017 by NC Governor Roy Cooper and elected to full terms in 2018 and 2022. DA Merriweather previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for over a decade, prosecuting cases ranging from sexual assault and domestic violence crimes to drug trafficking and homicides. For a full year, he was the assigned prosecutor in three different Drug Recovery Courts, where he served as part of a treatment team, helping offenders confront addiction.
Since taking office, Merriweather has emphasized victim-centered responses to domestic, sexual and child violence, expanded access to restorative justice programs, and led the call for a Family Justice Center in Mecklenburg County. DA Merriweather earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. DA Merriweather serves as a Board Member of the National District Attorneys Association, an Executive Committee member of the NC Conference of District Attorneys, and, in 2024, will become Board Chair for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. He’s an active member of the National Association of Black Prosecutors and a past President of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. In 2021, he was appointed to the NC Chief Justice’s Task Force on Adverse Childhood Experienced-Informed Courts.