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Paul Black was named to the position by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A Roanoke lawyer has been appointed a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the western half of Virginia.
Paul Black was named to the position by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to an announcement Tuesday by Glen Conrad, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Western Virginia.
Unlike federal district judges, who are appointed for life by the president, bankruptcy judges are chosen by circuit courts of appeal for 14-year terms.
The Western District, which stretches from Winchester to Lynchburg and to the state’s western tip, has three bankruptcy judges.
Black will succeed Judge William Stone, who was appointed to the Roanoke-based judgeship in 1999.
A member of firm of Spilman, Thomas & Battle, Black has specialized in litigation, banking and finance, and bankruptcy law.
Black, a Roanoke native, graduated from Washington and Lee University and earned his law degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He served as a law clerk for a bankruptcy judge before going into private practice.
He is expected to take the bench by the end of the year, after a customary background check by federal authorities.
Black’s appointment was the second in less than two years for the bankruptcy court’s western district. Rebecca Connelly of Lexington became the first woman to serve as a judge in the district last year when she was named to replace retiring Judge Ross Krumm.
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