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W&L Alumna Appointed Bankruptcy Judge

— by on January 18th, 2012

Rebecca Connelly, a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee’s School of Law, has been appointed a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the Western District of Virginia.

Appointed by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after being recommended by a merit selection panel, Rebecca is the first woman to serve as a bankruptcy judge in the district, which stretches from Winchester to Lynchburg and to the state’s western tip, and has three bankruptcy judges.

She replaces Judge Ross Krumm, who is retiring after 25 years on the bench, and will be joining another W&L alum, William F. Stone, of the Classes of 1968 and 1970 Law, on the panel. William E. Anderson is the third judge on the court.

In a story on the School of Law website, Rebecca said: “The Western District has developed a strong reputation of excellence in its handling of bankruptcy cases. I am honored to join this distinguished bench and hope to build on Judge Krumm’s legacy.”

Rebecca is married to Washington and Lee politics professor William F. Connelly Jr.