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Judge Duncan heads judicial independence group

Federal appeals court Judge Allyson Duncan of Raleigh has been named president of the Federal Judges Association.

The association, with more than 1,100 judges, advocates for the importance of judicial independence in the face of political pressure or popular opinion. The group also advocates for sufficient funding for the courts.

Duncan has served on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2003. She was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2003.

She will serve a two-year term as president of the voluntary association.

Before becoming a federal judge, Duncan served on the N.C. Court of Appeals, the state Utilities Commission, and was counsel for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. She was also a partner in the Raleigh law offices of Kilpatrick Stockton.

A North Carolina native, she earned her law degree from Duke University.