Judge Louis A. Trosch, Jr., is a Superior Court Judge in the 26th Judicial District in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Judge Trosch received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University in 1988 and his Juris Doctor in 1992 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif. He has served as district court judge in the juvenile and family courts since 1999. In July of 2010, Judge Trosch was the first judge in North Carolina to be certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children as a child welfare law specialist.
During his tenure on the bench, Judge Trosch has served in all of the varied courts with distinction and was awarded the N.C. Distinguished Jurist Award in October 2011 by the N.C. District Court Judges’ Association. Beginning in 2002, Judge Trosch was selected to oversee the 26th Judicial District’s Juvenile Court. He currently leads many collaborative reform efforts underway in Mecklenburg County. Judge Trosch previously served as Co-chair of Race Matters for Juvenile Justice Initiative, which is dedicated to ending disparate outcomes for children in the 26th Judicial District. Judge Trosch is also active in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and served on the NCJFCJ Board of Trustees from July 2008 through July 2015. He also serves on the National Steering Committee for the Courts Catalyzing Change Project, which is designed to reduce the overrepresentation of children of color in abuse and neglect courts, and he has served as his Model Court’s Lead Judge. In May of 2012, Judge Trosch was presented with the Lucille P. Giles Volunteerism Award by Florence Crittendon Services for his collaborative work on behalf of children and families. Judge Trosch is a nationally recognized expert on collaboration between court systems and various community groups, having traveled across the United States to speak on this topic. He has twice testified before Congress. Because of his many efforts both inside and outside the courtroom, Judge Trosch was recognized as a North Carolina Leader in the Law by N.C. Lawyers Weekly on September 23, 2016.