William Earl Britt

William Earl Britt (born December 7, 1932) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

William Earl Britt
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Assumed office
December 7, 1997
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
In office
1983–1990
Preceded byFranklin Taylor Dupree Jr.
Succeeded byJames Carroll Fox
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
In office
May 23, 1980 – December 7, 1997
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded byJohn Davis Larkins Jr.
Succeeded byJames C. Dever III
Personal details
Born (1932-12-07) December 7, 1932 (age 88)[1]
McDonald, North Carolina
EducationWake Forest University (BS)
Wake Forest University School of Law (LLB)

Education and careerEdit

Britt was born in McDonald, North Carolina. He is the younger brother of David M. Britt. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University in 1956 and a Bachelor of Laws from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1958. He was in the United States Army (SP-4) from 1953 to 1955. He was a law clerk for Justice Emery B. Denny of the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1958 to 1959. He was in private practice of law in Fairmont and Lumberton, North Carolina from 1959 to 1980.[2]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Britt was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on April 14, 1980, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina vacated by Judge John Davis Larkins Jr. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 21, 1980, and received his commission on May 23, 1980. He served as Chief Judge from 1983 to 1990. Britt assumed senior status on December 7, 1997.[2] As of 2020, Britt is the last judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina to be appointed by a Democratic president.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Davis Larkins Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
1980–1997
Succeeded by
James C. Dever III
Preceded by
Franklin Taylor Dupree Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
1983–1990
Succeeded by
James Carroll Fox