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N.C. Judge Wins National Award
News imageCumberland County Chief District Court Judge Beth Keever was presented with the national Franklin N. Flaschner Award by the American Bar Association.

Keever was presented the award on August 2, in Chicago. According to the Bar Association's website, the award goes to a "sitting or retired judge who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to high ideals, exemplary character, leadership and competence in performing judicial duties, through exceptional efforts on the bench in his or her state."

Flaschner was a chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. An institute named for him trains judges in Boston, the institute's website says.

"I'm very proud, and very humbled, because it is a national award," Keever said. "But also I believe that our court system has worked hard and done things to improve the way in which the individuals are treated within the system. And I think it's been really important to ensure that judges are knowledgeable about the law as well as how to make the law work for families and children."

Supreme Court of North Carolina Associate Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson of Fayetteville nominated Keever for the award. She highlighted Keever's work with a school that trains new North Carolina judges at the University of North Carolina School of Government.

"Judge Keever has trained every district court judge in North Carolina during the last 20 years . . . and sets a tone of professionalism and high expectations for the new judges," Timmons-Goodson said.

Timmons-Goodson also noted Keever's work in the development of the Family Court Program in North Carolina and her cable television show, Dimensions of Justice, which helps to educate the community about the Cumberland County court system and the agencies associated with it.

Keever began her legal career in Cumberland County as an assistant district attorney and was appointed to the bench in 1982. She has been elected ever since.

She was named chief district court judge in 1994.

Information from The Fayetteville Observer
Publish Date: 09/20/2012
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