WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem lawyer has been appointed to the N.C. Court of Appeals to fill the seat of Judge Bob Hunter, Gov. Pat McCrory announced today.
Richard Dietz, a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Winston-Salem, will take Hunter’s seat, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Hunter will become a justice on the N.C. Supreme Court on Sept. 6.
“Richard Dietz has an esteemed legal record and an extensive background in appellate practice,” McCrory said in a news release. “His experience, service on the North Carolina Courts Commission and involvement in his community will make him a valuable addition to the Court of Appeals.”
Dietz is a member of Kilpatrick’s Appellate and Supreme Court team and is vice chairman of the Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
McCrory appointed him in 2013 to the North Carolina Courts Commission, which studies the court system and makes recommendations for changes and improvements. Dietz also does pro bono work, spending more than 1,000 hours over the last three years providing free appellant work to low-income families and criminal defendants, and nonprofits that assist the poor.
Dietz graduated first in his class from Wake Forest University School of Law and was a law clerk for Judge Samuel Wilson of the U.S. District Court in Virginia and Judge Emory Widener of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, according to the news release.
Dietz serves on the philanthropy committee for Crisis Control Ministry.