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Keever Receiving Liberty Bell

Keever Receiving Liberty Bell

Beth Keever

Beth Keever, retired chief District Court judge for the 12th Judicial District (Cumberland County), has been selected to receive the North Carolina Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award for 2016.

The award is presented annually by the Young Lawyers Division in conjunction with its Law Day celebration. Presentation of this year’s award will transpire on Friday, May 6, at the Capital City Club in Raleigh, at which time the winners of the Law Week student competitions will also be honored.

Keever spent 32 years on the bench before retiring Dec. 31, 2014, at the end of her term. She was appointed by Gov. Hunt in 1982 and served as chief judge from 1994 until her retirement. She was elected a total of seven times, including five times without opposition.  

It is most appropriate that Keever be recognized during this the 50-year anniversary of the founding of North Carolina’s District Court system.  

Keever is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to her service as a judge she was an assistant prosecutor in the 12th Judicial District.

Among her many career recognitions and honors, Keever received the Franklin N. Flaschner Award from the National Conference of Specialized Court Judges at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The award recognizes “a judge in a court of limited jurisdiction who has an excellent reputation, a commitment to high ideals, exemplary character, leadership and competence in performing judicial duties.”