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Hardin appointed resident judge in Durham

Posted September 21, 2009 5:08 p.m. EDT

— Special Superior Court Judge Jim Hardin was named Monday as a resident Superior Court judge in Durham County.

Hardin will fill the remainder of the term of Judge A. Leon Stanback, who resigned on Sept. 1 after serving 20 years on the bench.

"Jim Hardin's nearly two decades as a prosecutor and two terms as a special Superior Court judge has prepared him to accept the responsibilities of a resident Superior Court judge," Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement. "I am confident that he will serve the citizens of Durham County well.”

Hardin served as Durham County District Attorney for 11 years before being appointed to the bench in 2005. He served as interim district attorney for a short time in 2007 following the resignation of Mike Nifong, who was disbarred over his handling of sexual assault allegations against members of the Duke University lacrosse team.

Hardin also serves in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and as commander of the 12th Legal Support Organization of the Army Reserve. He also is active in numerous civic organizations in his community.