Loretta Copeland Biggs

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Loretta Biggs
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Assumed office
December 19, 2014
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by James Beaty
Personal details
Born Loretta Yvonne Copeland
(1954-03-06) March 6, 1954 (age 68)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Residence Lewisville, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Spelman College
Howard University

Loretta Copeland Biggs (born March 6, 1954) is a United States District Court Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

Biography

Biggs was born on March 6, 1954, in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] She graduated, cum laude, from Spelman College in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[2] In 1979 she received a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law. She worked as a staff attorney for The Coca-Cola Company from 1979 to 1982. She served as an assistant district attorney in Forsyth County from 1984 to 1987 and as a district court judge from 1987 to 1994. Biggs joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of North Carolina in 1994 and was the executive assistant United States Attorney from 1997 to 2001. From 2001 to 2002, Biggs was a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals after being appointed by Governor Jim Hunt. She was narrowly defeated in her 2002 bid for a full term on the court by Sanford Steelman, Jr. Biggs then entered private practice with the firm of Davis, Harwell & Biggs, where she was managing partner. In 2014 she moved to the Winston-Salem firm of Allman, Spry, Davis, Leggett & Crumpler where she served until her elevation to the judiciary.[3]

Federal judicial service

On September 18, 2014, President Obama nominated Biggs to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, to the seat being vacated by James A. Beaty, Jr. who took senior status on June 30, 2014.[4][5] She received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on November 13, 2014.[6] On December 11, 2014 her nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[7] On Saturday, December 13, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion to invoke cloture on the nomination. On December 16, 2014, Reid withdrew his cloture motion on Copeland's nomination, and the Senate proceeded to vote to confirm Copeland in a voice vote. She received her federal judicial commission on December 19, 2014.[8] Biggs is the first black woman to serve on a federal court in North Carolina.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James Beaty
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
2014–present
Incumbent