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Chapel Hill lawyer appointed to bench

Posted August 25, 2009 11:04 a.m. EDT

— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Tuesday appointed Chapel Hill lawyer Lunsford Long to the District Court bench for the 15B Judicial District, which includes Chatham and Orange counties.

Long will fill the vacancy created by the mandatory retirement of Judge Alonzo Coleman on June 30.

Since 1976, Long has been in private practice in Chapel Hill, and he is now a partner in the firm Long and Long. He also served as assistant district attorney from 1973 to 1976. He is a board-certified specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Bar, is a certified mediator and is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

“Lunsford Long’s experience as a private practitioner and his expertise as a board-certified family law lawyer has prepared him well to serve on the District Court bench,” Perdue said in a statement. “He has earned the respect of his peers as a thoughtful, able advocate and he has the set of qualities that will best serve the citizens of Chatham and Orange counties.”