Leslie S. Robinson was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University and immediately thereafter, attended Campbell University School of Law and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986.
While in law school, Mr. Robinson served as a staff member of the Campbell Law Review. Membership is extended to those students who rank in the top 5% of their class. The purpose of the Campbell Law Review is to serve the legal community with scholarly articles, comments and other reviews of legal topics that place special emphasis on issues from North Carolina, as well as issues involving Constitutional questions and the Supreme Court. He was also a member by invitation to Omicron Delta Kappa, Phil Alpha Delta, and Order of Barristers. He was a case summary writer for the Campbell Law Observer, a student published legal publication covering a broad base of legal topics. Mr. Robinson was a member of Campbell's 1985 moot court team that earned invitations to the national finals for the American Bar Association's Appellate Advocacy Competition before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Robinson returned to Greenville where he entered into the private practice of law in August of 1986. Since that time, he has tried over 2,500 bench and jury trials. Mr. Robinson has represented and successfully defended individuals at both the trial and appellate court levels in criminal cases involving traffic violations; alcohol and drug offenses, including driving while impaired, provisional licensee alcohol violations and drug trafficking; assaults and violent crimes, including crimes of domestic violence and capital murder; theft and property crimes; sex crimes; computer and white collar crimes; and probation violations. Mr. Robinson has given oral arguments in criminal cases by invitation to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, and successfully argued numerous criminal issues of first impression in North Carolina.
Mr. Robinson is a frequent continuing legal education (CLE) speaker for the North Carolina Advocates For Justice and the North Carolina Bar Association. He has also given CLE presentations for the North Carolina Public Defenders and the North Carolina Institute of Government. Mr. Robinson is known throughout North Carolina as being the creator and author of the legal practitioner's DWI Criminal Defense Checklist. Since 1997, this checklist is considered an absolute must for criminal attorneys defending those individuals charged with driving while impaired in North Carolina.
Mr. Robinson has been repeatedly elected by his peers to leadership positions in local, district and state bar organizations. He is currently serving his ninth year as the elected Bar Councilor representative to the North Carolina State Bar. As Bar Councilor, he has served on numerous State Bar committees in the capacity as committee member, Vice Chair and Chair. Mr. Robinson currently serves as Vice Chair of the Criminal Justice Section for the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.
Mr. Robinson regularly volunteers his time as a speaker to community sports and school groups involving teenagers on the topics of alcohol and drugs use, peer pressure and wise choices. Mr. Robinson is also a member of numerous civic and charitable boards that raise funds to serve disadvantaged youth and adults living in Pitt County.
A lifelong hunter and saltwater fisherman, he is actively involved in numerous organizations that advocate the conservation of our fish and game resources.
Undergraduate: East Carolina University B.S., Political Science, 1983 Law School: Campbell University School of Law J.D., 1986 American Jurisprudence Award 1985 ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition Campbell Law Review Campbell Law Observer, Case Summary Writer Omicron Delta Kappa Order of Barristers Phi Alpha Delta
North Carolina State Bar Federal District Court, Eastern District United States Supreme Court
Membership In Legal Organizations:
American Bar Association Member, Criminal Justice Section Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers North Carolina Advocates For Justice Chair, Criminal Justice Section Challenge for Justice Educational Achievement Program Order for Service Political Action Committee Sustaining Patron North Carolina Bar Association Elected Board Member, Criminal Justice Section Patron North Carolina State Bar Elected Bar Councilor Administration Committee Authorized Practice Committee Attorney Client Assistance Committee Executive Committee Grievance Committee Issues Committee Program Evaluation Committee - Vice Chair Pitt County Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers Founding Member Former President, Vice President, & Secretary-Treasurer Pitt County Bar Association Former President & Vice President The Association of Trial Lawyers of America Three-A Judicial District Bar Former President & Vice President
Reported Appellate Cases
State v. Otto, ïïï N.C.ïïï, ïïï S.E.2d ïïï (2011) State v. Hulse, ïïï N.C.ïïï, ïïï S.E.2d ïïï (2011) State v. Kincer, ïïï N.C. App. 702 S.E.2d 240 (2010) State v. Simmons, ïïï N.C. App. 698 S.E.2d 95 (2010) State v. Peele, 363 N.C. 379, 677 S.E.2d 845 (2009) State v. Rackley, 200 N.C. 433, 684 S.E.2d 475 (2009) State v. Hinchman, 192 N.C. App. 657, 666 S.E.2d 199 (2008) State v. Labinski, 188 N.C. App. 120, 654 S.E.2d 740 (2008) State v. Leskiw, 186 N.C. App. 680, 652 S.E.2d 72 (2007) State v. Haislip, 186 N.C. App. 275, 651 S.E.2d 243 (2007) Pitt v. Deja Vue, 185 N.C. App. 545, 650 S.E.2d 12 (2007) State v. Teel, 180 N.C. App. 446, 637 S.E.2d 288 (2006) Wallace v. M, M&R, 165 N.C. App. 827, 600 S.E.2d 514 (2004) State v. Bowes, 159 N.C. App. 18, 583 S.E.2d 294 (2003) State v. Phelps, 161 N.C. App. 350, 588 S.E.2d 587 (2003) State v. Madry, 140 N.C. App. 600, 537 S.E.2d 827 (2000) Horvath v. NC DMV, 139 N.C. App. 449, 537 S.E.2d 272 (2000) Rodman v. Faulkner, et al, 133 N.C. App. 444, 525 S.E.2d 244 (1999) State v. Watson, 122 N.C. App. 596, 472 S.E.2d 28 (1996) Ross, et al v. Mark's Inc., 120 N.C. App. 607, 463 S.E.2d 302 (1999) State v. Morris, 103 N.C. App. 246, 405 S.E.2d 351 (1991)
Continuing Legal Education Publications:
The Changing Face of DWI Law in North Carolina: "New Grossly Aggravating Factors" and "Laura's Law" (High Point Bar Association 3 February 2012) The Changing Face of DWI Law in North Carolina (North Carolina Advocates for Justice 18 November 2011) 2011 Legislative Changes To DWI Law: “Laura's Law” and “New Grossly Aggravating Factors” (North Carolina Advocates For Justice, Mountain Magic, Co-Chair 14 October 2011) "Blue Lights Don't Make It Legal: Challenging The Man's RAS" (North Carolina Advocates For Justice 18 June 2011) Boot Camp DWI Checklist: Bringing It To The Prosecution! (North Carolina Advocates For Justice 20 May 2011) Hot Topic: Attacking CDL Disqualifications Arising From DWI Charge (North Carolina Advocates For Justice 20 May 2011) "CSI"ing the DWI Case (North Carolina Advocates For Justice 20 May 2011) Criminal Masters In Advocacy Seminar Chair and Guest Speaker (North Carolina Advocates For Justice 2009) Checkup On Checkpoints: "Still Smelling Like A Rose" (North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers 5 September 2008) HOT! 2007 DWI Update! (North Carolina Bar Association, April 2007) Examining The Motor Vehicle Driver Protection Act of 2006 (North Carolina Bar Association 18 November 2006) A Top Ten List of Suppression Issues In A DWI Case (North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers 20 January 2006) Criminal Justice Checklist V 2005 "Checkup On The Checklist" (NC Bar Association 18 March 2005) "What's All This Commotion About Motions" (NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2004) Lecturer at Professionalism in Practice: A Local Perspective (December 10, 2004) Criminal Justice Checklist IV: Hot Topics and Old Standbys (November 19, 2004) DWI General Update/Cross Examination: The Sequel Checklist Seminar III (North Carolina State Bar October 2001) Challenging Blood Tests in DWI Cases (North Carolina Bar Association June 8, 2001) DWI Checklist Update (North Carolina Bar Association November 2000) Hot Issues in DWI Defense (Academy of Trial Lawyers January 25, 2000) DWI: Attacking the State's Case through Motions (Academy of Trial Lawyers January 21, 2000) A Checklist Seminar II: DWI General Update; Cross-Examination Points (North Carolina Bar Association November 1999) Advanced Issues for a State District Court Practice: A Checklist Seminar DWI General Update (North Carolina Bar November 1997)
Most Important Opinions, State v. Otto, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 9 January 2012 Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts: Adios to Lab Reports Absent Live Testimony, Trial Briefs, North Carolina Advocates For Justice, October 2009 Anonymous Tip and Driver's Swerve Not Enough, The Daily Reflector, 6 May 2009 No DWI Dismissal Despite Denial Of Pretrial Release, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 28 January 2008 50 Most Important Opinions, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 31 December 2007 Snared Driver Could Challenge Checkpoint, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 8 October 2007 DMV Could Not Void Limited Driving Privilege Order, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 21 July 2003 DWI Journal Law Sciences: December 2003
Membership In Civic Organizations
Coastal Conservation Association Of North Carolina: East Carolina Chapter Ducks Unlimited East Carolina University Educational Foundation, Inc. East Carolina University Pirate Club Fellowship of Christian Athletes Greenville Museum of Art National Geographic Society National Wild Turkey Federation North Carolina Waterfowl Association North Carolina Wildlife Commission: Lifetime License Holder Oakmont Baptist Church: Member, Usher Pamlico-Tar River Foundation Pitt County Health Education Foundation The Mattamuskeet Foundation, Inc.
Community Involvement And Support
Boys And Girls Club Of Beaufort County Carolina Pregnancy Center Children's Miracle Network Dance Arts Theatre, The Nutcracker Ballet Eastern Carolina Wrestling Club, The Dare To Care Golf Classic Greenville Police Department Emergency Response Team J.H. Rose High School Football Pitt County Girls Softball League, Inc. Pitt County Junior Miss Scholarship Program Pitt County Med-Law Charitable Basketball Classic South Central High School Football Young Life Toys For Tots Little Willie Center Greenville Recreation and Parks Department Baseball Coach Football Coach