Judge Taylor graduated from Duke University with an A.B. degree, summa cum laude, in 1977. She later graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate with Honors in 1981. She was awarded the Order of the Coif for her high academic performance.
Taylor continues to serve the legal field in a variety of positions. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and served as chair of the Judicial Section. In 2008 she was proclaimed Judge of the Year by the Association. She is a past Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association and currently serves on various Bar Association committees to include the Administration of Justice Committee, the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee and the Nominations Committee for the Board of Governors. Judge Taylor also served as past chair of the Rural Courts Commission having been appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2006. She is a past president of the 22nd Judicial District Bar Association and served as secretary/treasurer of the 22A District Bar Association in 2009. She is also certified as an instructor in the North Carolina Community College System where she has taught criminal law and evidence.
Judge Taylor was certified as a mediator by the Dispute Resolution Commission in 1999, and was a member of the Commission for six years. She is presently certified by the Commission to mediate both Superior Court and Family Financial matters. She has mediated many civil matters throughout the state and her mediation calendar is an integral part of this web site.
Taylor is very active in the community, particularly in raising awareness of autism. She is a national board member of the Autism Society of America and past chair of the Government Relations Committee. She is also past chair of the Safe and Sound Task Force of the Autism Society. She has been appointed by the Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives for three consecutive years to the N.C. Joint Legislative Committee on Autism and First Responders and travels throughout the country training first responders about recognition and response to individuals on the autism spectrum. She has been a recipient of the President’s Award from the Autism Society of North Carolina. In May 2017, Taylor was elected chair of the Autism Research Institute.
Autism and the Criminal Justice System
In 2008, the General Assembly provided funding to the TEACCH Autism Program (TEACCH) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School to develop this "video to raise awareness of autism for those involved in government and public service, including information on recognizing the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, and contacts for further information on appropriate responses to individuals with autism." TEACCH was assisted by the UNC School of Government and the Autism Society of North Carolina in the development of the video.
Taylor and her husband Retired Detective Sergeant Tim Byrd helped to produce the video and also appear in the video. You may view the video by clicking the link: View Video
Judge Taylor is a board member of the Humane Society of Iredell County, and is a member of the executive planning committee of the Iredell County Heart Association. Taylor is also a board member of Disability Rights of North Carolina which is a federally funded agency charged with protection and advocacy for people with disabilities. She is a member of the Taylorsville Rotary Club and was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award in 2009. The Alexander County Board of Commissioners presented her with the Key to the County in 2009.
Last, but certainly not least, Judge Taylor was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in January 2009. This award is the highest civilian honor awarded by the state in recognition of her long years of service.
Judge Taylor is married and has three children, all educated in the public schools of Alexander County. Her husband, Detective Sergeant Tim Byrd is retired from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. The family enjoys hiking, camping, scuba diving, and kayaking lakes and rivers throughout North Carolina.
Retired Detective Sergeant Tim Byrd is a licensed private investigator and owner of Carolina Investigation Solutions, and is the President of the North Carolina Police Dog Association.
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