Holly Smith of Hamlet became the newest member of Richmond County’s legal community Wednesday morning when she was sworn in as an attorney at law at the Richmond County Judicial Center.
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace administered the oath of office. Smith’s husband, Trey Sikes, and parents, Scott and Renee Smith, stood beside her as she placed her hand on the Bible and repeated the oath Wallace recited.
Scott has lived in Richmond County since 2007 with her husband and their two dogs. Sikes was born and raised in the Cordova community.
Scott graduated magna cum laude from Wingate University, earned a bachelor’s in mathematics and finance in 2008 and was an Irwin Belk scholar.
She earned her juris doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While attending UNC, she was a student advocate in the juvenile justice clinic, representing juvenile defendants in Durham County. She also participated in the IRS’ volunteer income tax assistance program.
While in law school, Scott completed two internships with the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, one under the supervision of Kennedy Gate and the other under Chevonne Wallace. I
She also interned with Florida’s Office of the State Attorney inthe 19th Judicial Circuit under Nikki Robinson.