A new day. A new voice.
As a family law attorney and child welfare advocate, she fights every day for families across Wake County who are worried about their future. Whether stressed about sending their kids to a good public school, paying back their student loans, or affording quality health care and finding a good, well-paying job, too many people feel the deck is stacked against them.
Despite these struggles, Sydney has observed that many common values bind us. People want affordable, accessible health care, quality and affordable education, safe air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a fair paycheck. Most of all, they want their children to live a more prosperous life than they have.
Sydney decided to run because she wants to make a difference for those people who feel stressed, and to work with them through our common shared values to make a better Wake County. There’s no doubt that the challenges facing us are great. However, so is our will. She humbly asks for your support.
Sydney Batch is a lawyer, social worker, and child welfare advocate who was raised in North Carolina. Sydney received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she remained for her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Social Work. Following law school, Sydney entered private practice with her husband, J. Patrick Williams. They opened their law firm in Raleigh in 2005 and primarily practice in Wake County.
Sydney is actively involved in a variety of committees and organizations involving both family law and juvenile matters. She is a former board member for the Women’s Center of Wake County and is a current board member for the Julia Crump Foundation. She also volunteers for The Child’s Advocate, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Sydney and Patrick have lived in Wake County for eleven years. In her spare time, Mrs. Batch enjoys reading, traveling, quilting, watching football, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Professional Affiliations and Activities:
- Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children
- Certified Parent Coordinator
- 10th Judicial District Grievance Committee Member
- Member of North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Bar Association member, family law section
- Pro Bono attorney for The Child’s Advocate, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina
- Julia Crump Foundation board member
- Former North Carolina Family Court Advisory Committee member, juvenile A/N/D representative
- Former North Carolina Family Court Advisory Subcommittee member, ad hoc workgroup on disproportionate representation of minority children in the child welfare system
- Former Board Member: Wake County Women’s Center
- 2011 Abuse, Neglect, Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights Manual Advisory Committee member, established by The Court Improvement Project through the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts and UNC’s School of Government
- Wake County Abuse Neglect and Dependency Rules Committee member
- Faculty Member for New Parent Defender CLE held by the Institute of Government at UNC-CH
- Former Faculty Member for Parent Attorney Conference held by the Institute of Government at UNC-CH
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, J.D.
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, M.S.W.
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B.A