U.S. District Court Judge William S. Duffey Jr. is set to retire from the bench on July 1, according to an announcement from the court Thursday.
Duffey was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2004 for the position, having worked in law since 1977. He will take on a senior judge status on July 1.
District Court Chief Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. said in a news release regarding Duffey’s retirement that the move “marks the conclusion of a truly stellar judicial career.”
“During his distinguished service as a judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Judge Duffey has not only handled a tremendous number of cases, civil and criminal, but has expertly handled some of the most difficult and significant cases brought before our court. In this regard, his will be a lasting legacy. Aside from his cases, Bill has been an exceptional colleague who contributed to the collegiality and success of our court and all of its judges,” Thrash said in a news release.
Duffey started his career as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
He worked in private practice at King and Spalding and also served as a U.S. attorney.
A vacancy notice was placed on the State Bar of Georgia website.
“Members of the bar can nominate themselves or another qualified person,” according to the notice. “The public can likewise submit nominations.”
A screening committee of six will accept the applications. The applicant questionnaire can be found on the bar website and should be returned by Feb. 5.