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Black picked for bankruptcy judge

Roanoke lawyer Paul M. Black has been selected by appeals court judges as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Virginia. He will succeed Chief Judge William F. Stone Jr.

Black received his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University in 1982 and his law degree from the University of Richmond law school in 1985. He served as law clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Blackwell N. Shelley in Richmond.  After practicing law in Richmond for several years, he returned to Roanoke in 1991 to join the law firm of Melchionna, Day, Ammar & Black.

Black is now a member of the firm of Spilman, Thomas & Battle in Roanoke, where he is co-chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group.  Since 2007, he has served as a member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.

Black’s appointment is subject to a routine series of background checks, according to the announcement Tuesday from Chief U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad and Stone.

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