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Honoring David Sutton - Volunteer Advocate
August 29, 2017
David Sutton is the Children’s Law Center’s Volunteer Advocate for 2017, in recognition of his exceptional commitment of time and talent in the service of nearly 100 children in our community. He will be honored at the Birthday Blast on September 14.
Mr. Sutton has served children in our community through the Children’s Law Center since the summer before he started college. He says, “That summer I became aware of things going on in Forsyth County, where I was born and raised, that I couldn’t believe.” That was the beginning of his passion for advocacy for children who need someone to be their voice.
Mr. Sutton returned to CLC as an intern after his first and second years of law school at Chapel Hill, where he discovered that a case on which he’d assisted 8 years prior was still active on co-founder Amy Kuhlman’s caseload. He found that he was committed to the kids in his cases, as if they were his own. He especially remembers an adorable 4year-old girl who was growing up in frightening circumstances. Mr. Sutton worked on that case until he knew she was going home to a safe and happy place to lay her head. He says, “I’ve thought about those kids for years, and I wish they knew I was still thinking of them and want to know that they are ok. I’d like to see them as confident teens who are comfortable in their own skin.”
Mr. Sutton has committed three afternoons each week to CLC since 2014, serving as a Guardian ad Litem and assisting Amy Kuhlman as she manages a large caseload. David wants to be on the front lines of the need in our community, to address the sadness in the stories he has heard by working to improve these young lives. His skilled mind and inherent compassion have influenced the cases of nearly a hundred children to date.
Mr. Sutton recalls the early days of CLC, when Ms. Kuhlman, co-founder Penny Spry, and the two teenagers helping them were, as he says, “Gladiators, like it was us against the world.” He has become a crucial member of that team of gladiators, honoring his hometown by helping our legal system to discern the best interests of the children who are growing up here today.
Tickets to the Birthday Blast on September 14 are available HERE