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Sunny was the first in her family to graduate college. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles in 2002. She earned her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University in 2009. While in law school, she joined the Veteran’s Law Clinic and advocated for veterans who were injured during active duty.
Prior Work Experience
Sunny’s legal experience began at the age of 19 when she worked for a small law firm. In typical Sunny fashion, she pounded the pavement to secure the job and went door to door, delivering her resumés by hand. Since then, she has worked with various law firms specializing in family law, insurance defense, estate and probate, and civil law.
After interning at the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office, she discovered her passion for helping people seek justice in the court system. She joined the office full time shortly after passing the bar in 2009. She has since spent the last decade navigating the complexities of the legal system and advocating for restorative justice solutions. She believes common ground can be achieved when we respect and listen to different perspectives. Sunny started with a misdemeanor caseload in District Court and has since worked her way up to her current position as supervisor of the Felony Drug Unit. Her supervisory position has allowed her to become an outstanding advocate for drug treatment. Her strong belief in Constitutional protections and the judicial process inspires her to help others navigate the justice system effectively.
In 1981, the First Baptist Church in Washington sponsored Sunny’s family as refugees from Laos to America. She overcame poverty to attain her American Dream. Her American Dream journey meant growing up with subsidized housing made her grateful when she became a home owner. It meant having to repeat the second grade because English was her second language does not prevent obtaining her Juris Doctorate. It means currently having no other Asian-American on the bench will not prevent her from seeking to break barriers. It is this perseverance, and her values of fairness and equality, that she believes will be an asset to the bench. She is running for District Court Judge because she wants to help the community rise.
She and her husband, Ben, have been married for 10 years. During that time, they have lived in the same home in South Charlotte. She makes time for her three nieces, two nephews, and goddaughter. She is especially proud of her siblings who, like her, are living their dreams. Sunny’s brother proudly served in the military as a Marine. He is currently raising his family in Charlotte. Her sister has selflessly dedicated herself to our local school district for the past 16 years as an educator. They continually inspire and remind her of the importance of giving back to their community. Sunny volunteers annually with the McCreesh Place, a supportive housing community that helps formerly homeless citizens gain stability. For fun she enjoys taking aerial classes at a local studio, biking along Little Sugar Creek Greenway and going to the Charlotte Rifle and Pistol Club with her husband.