New Bankruptcy Judge Appointed in Charlotte NC

13 Jul New Bankruptcy Judge Appointed in Charlotte NC

Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of North Carolina will have a new judge soon. The Honorable George R. Hodges announced his retirement for November 2011, and after an extensive search it was announced thatLaura Turner Byer will succeed him.

Ms. Byers is familiar to those of us practicing law in Charlotte NC since she has been the law clerk to Judge Hodges for many years. The law clerk is a lawyer who assists with research, decisions and other legal issues before the court. Law clerks are instrumental in the operations of most courts, and Ms. Byer’s years of experience in our court should benefit all those who appear in front of her. Judge Hodges may continue to work on a retired recall status as many retired judges do, but the soon to be Judge Byer will fill a third judicial position in the Western District, aspace vacantsince the Honorable Marvin R. Wooten stepped down from the bench. There are already threebankruptcyjudges in the Eastern Districtand Middle District of NC.

The Western District of North Carolina covers many counties from Anson, Union, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Wilkes and Alleghany, encompassing the westernregion ofNC all the way to thewestern stateborders. The WDNC has four permanent court divisions where it hears cases: Charlotte, Asheville, Wilkesboro and Shelby. Cases are normally assigned depending on the residence county of the debtors. The judges traditionally split up divisions when holding court,will cover other courtswhen needed, or split Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 motion days. It is not known which divisions will be assigned to the new judge.

The WDNC Court issued the following announcement on it’s website:

Announcement Regarding New Bankruptcy Judge: We are pleased to announce that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has appointed Laura Beyer to the position of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Ms. Beyer will succeed the Honorable George R. Hodges upon his retirement in November 2011 and will be stationed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ms. Beyer attended Davidson College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1993. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1998. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Beyer served as the permanent law clerk to Judge Hodges and worked as an attorney at Smith Helms Mulliss & Moore, L.L.P.

The Judges and staff of the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District offer Laura warmest congratulations. We look forward to serving with her. (posted 7/11/2011)

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