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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||3/17/1995 - 8/31/2009|
|Preceded by:||Robert Potter|
|Succeeded by:||Max O. Cogburn, Jr.|
|Undergraduate:||University of North Carolina (1952)|
|Law School:||University of North Carolina (1954)|
Lacy Herman Thornburg is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Judge Thornberg retired from the court on August 31, 2009.
Early life and education
A native of North Carolina, Thornburg is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with his bachelor's degree in 1952 and with his Juris Doctorate degree in 1954. Thornburg also served as a US Army Private on active duty from 1947 to 1948.
Thornburg was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of North Carolina from 1954 to 1967. In addition to his private practice work, Thornburg was a Democratic Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1961 to 1966.
In 1967, Thornburg began his judicial career first as a special judge handling cases of Special Jurisdictions for the Superior Court in the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina from 1967 to 1971 before becoming a resident judge in the Superior Court in the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina from 1971-1983. In 1984, Thornburg was elected by the People of North Carolina as its Attorney General as he was elected to two four year terms winning re-election in 1988 before leaving the position in 1992. After being the top law enforcement officer for the State of North Carolina he was an Emergency Judge on reserve duty handling cases that needed immediate hearings in the Superior Court of the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina from 1993 to 1994. In 1994, Thornburg served as an Consultant to the Commissioner on Indian Gaming for the State of North Carolina.
Western District of North Carolina
On the recommendation of North Carolina U.S. Senator John Edwards, Thornburg was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 11, 1995 to a seat vacated by Robert Potter on the Western District of North Carolina. Thornburg was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 17, 1995 on a Senate vote and received commission on March 17, 1995. He served the court until his retirement on August 31, 2009.  Thornburg was succeeded in this position by Max O. Cogburn, Jr..
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of North Carolina
Max O. Cogburn, Jr.
|Magistrate judges||David Kessler • Dennis Howell • David Cayer •|
|Former Article III judges||
Robert Paine Dick • James Edmund Boyd • Hamilton Glover Ewart • Lacy Thornburg • Edwin Yates Webb • James Craven • David Henderson • Woodrow Jones • Harold Brent McKnight • James McMillan • Wilson Warlick • Robert Potter •
|Former Chief judges|