James C. Dever III

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James Columcille Dever III
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Assumed office
October 8, 2011
Preceded by Louise W. Flanagan
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Assumed office
May 2, 2005
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by William Earl Britt
Personal details
Born James Columcille Dever III
1962 (age 54–55)
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Education University of Notre Dame B.B.A.
Duke University School of Law J.D.

James Columcille Dever III (born 1962) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Dever received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law in 1987. He was a law clerk to Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He served in the United States Air Force as a member of the General Counsel Office from 1988 to 1992, remaining a United States Air Force Reserve officer from 1992 to 2000. He was in private practice in North Carolina from 1992 to 2004, and was an adjunct professor, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University from 1997 to 2006. Dever is currently a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Dever was a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina from 2004 to 2005. On February 14, 2005, Dever was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina vacated by William Earl Britt. Dever was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 28, 2005, and received his commission on May 2, 2005. On October 8, 2011, he became chief judge.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
William Earl Britt
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
2005–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Louise W. Flanagan
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
2011–present