New Bankruptcy Judge Selected for Western District of Virginia

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has selected Rebecca Buehler Connelly to succeed the Honorable Ross W. Krumm as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Virginia.

Judge Krumm is retiring after 25 years on the bench and will complete his current term of office on August 1, 2012. Following completion of a background investigation, Ms. Connelly will be invested for a 14 year term. Connelly is expected to take the bench during the summer of 2012.

Ms. Connelly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and her law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law.  She clerked for the Honorable Martin V.B. Bostetter, Jr., Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Subsequently, Ms. Connelly practiced under all chapters of bankruptcy in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.  Currently, Ms. Connelly serves as Standing Chapter 13 Trustee and the Chapter 12 Trustee for the Western District of Virginia, and she has served in that capacity since October 1, 2000.  Ms. Connelly lives in Lexington, Virginia with her husband and two children.

The Western District, which includes Frederick and Clarke Counties, stretches to the state’s western tip and has three bankruptcy judges. Ms. Connelly will serve as judge in Harrisonburg.