Received a law degree and Legal Law of Masters in Corporate Law and Finance (LL.M.) from Thomas M. Cooley School.
He started his legal career as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Leo Bowman, at the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Oakland County, Michigan. In the infancy of his career, he observed first-hand the importance of being effective, efficient, fair, and impartial.
Prior to taking the bench, he was in private practice. He handled bankruptcy, personal injury, business and corporate compliance matters. Mr. Rhodes had a desire to bring justice and satisfactory outcomes to those in need of legal services.
Currently as Chief Magistrate of Mecklenburg County, he is afforded the unique opportunity to preside over a District Court docket. During his appointment, he has rendered judgments to thousands of cases.
As a public servant, he enjoys the community interaction and is honored to fairly serve the citizens of Mecklenburg County.
In addition to his court docket, he is a Truancy Court Judge. He participates in a program that assists Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The deferred prosecution program provides both parents and students a healthy interaction with the judicial system.
Mr. Rhodes was an Adjunct Professor at the Charlotte School of Law - he lectured on the topics of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Mr. Rhodes is an active member of The Empowerment Center Church in Huntersville, NC.
Mr. Rhodes is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc.
A major advocate for education, he is a current member of the board of directors for S.T.A.R.S Math & English Academy.
He is also a member of the Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Fatality review board.
He is a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Group (CJAG).
He is a former board member of the Mecklenburg County Commissioner’s Small Business and Entrepreneurial Advisory Board.
Mr. Rhodes sits on the planning committee to bring a Family Justice Center to Mecklenburg County because of his passion to raise awareness in the areas of homelessness, sexual abuse, and domestic violence victims, and youth offender crimes.
Growing up without much, his family instilled the values that helped him become the person that he is today.
From a young age, he learned the value of being involved in his community and a obtaining a good education.
He met his wife as they were both Union Organizers in Philadelphia, PA.
They both attended and graduated law school together and have been married for 12 years.
Mr. Rhodes and his wife have 4 children: Khalif Jr., 10; Camille, 7; Cimone, 5; and Corinne, 3.
Through hard work, education, and a great investment of time, he strives to become a leader in the legal profession and a valuable member of his community. Together with his family, the decision was made to take this journey to the next phase. It is through faith and a love for his community that he now moves ahead and asks for your support. This is not just his journey – it is district 26F’s journey too.
ALL RHODES LEAD TO JUSTICE
It is not just my slogan, but it is my judicial philosophy. Everyone that comes to the court seeks justice. It is my desire to help them.