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Judge William A. Webb (Ret.), J.D.
United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of North CarolinaSenior Lecturing Fellow

Judge William A. Webb (Ret.), J.D.


Judge William A. Webb is currently a senior advisor at Shanahan McDougal in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining Shanahan McDougal, he served for fourteen years as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina based in Raleigh. He is a litigator, an arbitrator and is a certified mediator in all three federal districts in North Carolina as well as in the North Carolina superior courts. Judge Webb has comprehensive expertise in the areas of employment law, federal regulations and appeals and alternative dispute resolution.

A Vietnam Veteran, Judge Webb was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. He graduated summa cum laude, first in his class from the University of New Haven and was selected to receive the university’s third annual distinguished alumni award. He was awarded his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Judge Webb began his distinguished legal career as an assistant district attorney in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania rising quickly in the office to prosecute homicide cases. He went on to serve as senior staff counsel on the U. S. House of Representative’s Select Committee on Assassinations. Returning to Pittsburgh, Judge Webb became an assistant U.S. Attorney and then deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania and director of the Western Regional Office. Judge Webb was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate as a Commissioner of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., where he worked with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

In Raleigh, Judge Webb served as an assistant U.S. Attorney and chief of the organized crime and drug enforcement task force. He was then appointed deputy secretary and general counsel of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control & Public Safety. Judge Webb then returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and was later appointed the chief federal public defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Judge Webb has served as a consultant with the National Center for State Courts. He was responsible for training judges in Trinidad and Tobago and in The Bahamas as they transitioned from an inquisitorial (civil law) judicial system to an adversarial (common law) judicial system. As part of that consultancy, he authored training manuals on “The Judge’s Role in Evaluating Forensic and DNA Evidence in Criminal Cases” and “The Judge’s Role in an Adversarial Trial Process” and an “Ethics Guide” for judges in transition.

Judge Webb serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Robertson Center for Constitutional Law at Regent University School of Law; a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference; a member of the Federal Bar Association; a member of the American Law Institute; chairman of the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission; former co-chair of the North Carolina Commission on the Adjudication of Law and Justice; and a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. He previously taught a course on federal practice and the United States judicial system as an adjunct professor at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.