Robert Carl Kemp, III (Bert)
Bert Kemp was born in Henderson, North Carolina on May 13, 1971, to Bob Kemp and Bettye Currin. He was raised in Oxford, North Carolina where he graduated valedictorian from Oxford Webb High School. He received his B.A. degree in Economics in 1993 from UNC-Chapel Hill and J.D. in 1996 from Wake Forest University School of Law.
Bert is a former Assistant District Attorney in Pitt County (Greenville, N.C.) and joined the Pitt County Public Defender’s Office in 2001, as an assistant public defender. He became Chief Pitt County Public Defender in 2007 and continues to serve in this capacity. As part of his duties, he supervises thirteen attorneys as well as continuing to handle serious felonies.
Extremely active in the bar, Bert is past president of both the Pitt County Bar Association and Judicial District 3A Bar. He is currently the Criminal Justice Section Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association. Bert is also the current President of the North Carolina Public Defender Association.
Bert is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in the area of State Criminal Law and is its current Committee Chair.
As a member of the North Carolina National Guard, Bert holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocates General Corps. He completed two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lastly, Bert is honored to be a member of the North Carolina Courts Commission.