- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Yadkin County lawyer is joining the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday he appointed Valerie Johnson Zachary of Yadkinville to succeed Judge Sanford Steelman, who retired last week after 12 years on the intermediate-level appeals court.

McCrory’s release says Zachary is a Harvard Law School graduate who once performed research for constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe. She’s been a partner in the Zachary Law Offices, where she works with husband Lee Zachary, a first-term Republican state representative.

She also ran unsuccessfully last year as one of 19 candidates for a vacant Court of Appeals seat.

Zachary’s judicial seat will be up for re-election in November 2016.

The 15-judge court sits in three-judge panels to hear cases.


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