Honorable Marvin P. Pope Jr. Retirement Slideshow

Judge Marvin Pope began practicing law in 1973 in Asheville following his graduation from Wake Forest University School of Law.  He  practiced for 28 years, trying cases in criminal, civil and domestic courts throughout Western North Carolina as well as the federal and appellate courts.  In 2001, Governor Jim Hunt appointed Marvin to the District Court bench where he gained particular expertise in juvenile and family law.  In 2010, Judge Pope was elected to the Superior Court where he has served with distinction until his retirement February 1, 2021.  He gained a reputation for legal scholarship, his respectful courtroom demeanor and efficiency in moving cases.

In 2014, Judge Pope founded and has since presided over the Buncombe County Veterans Treatment Court which offers treatment and structure to veterans suffering from substance use and mental health disorders.

Judge Pope is a committed public servant.  He has served many times as a Guardian on Honor Air Flights escorting veterans to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials and Arlington Cemetery.  He is an Eagle Scout and loves to help scouts achieve Eagle Scout and other merit badges and awards.  He is an active member of his Masonic Lodge, has taught self-defense and personal safety classes as well as hunter safety classes to children and adults.  He has served as the Chairperson of the congregation at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Asheville and can be seen each advent playing the role of Joseph in a local passion play (often with a grandchild serving as Jesus).

Judge Pope is married to retired Judge Rebecca Knight.  He is a devoted father and grandfather.

We wish Judge Pope well in his retirement in hopes that he will enjoy his time riding horses and gardening on his beautiful mountain farm.  He will undoubtedly, however, be back soon to lend his experience and good judgment to our legal community.

From Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Alan Z. Thornburg