by Barry Smith
Zachary will fill the vacancy left by the recent retirement of Judge Sanford L. Steelman Jr.
“Valerie Johnson Zachary brings to the Court of Appeals a first-class legal mind as well as a long history of practicing law at the community level,” McCrory said in a statement. “I am grateful she has accepted this appointment.”
Zachary, a Harvard Law School graduate, was a litigation associate with Kennedy, Covington, Lobdell & Hickman before becoming a partner at the Zachary Law Offices in Yadkinville.
Zachary ran for a seat on the Court of Appeals last November. She finished ninth out of 19 candidates running for a vacant seat.