Virginia Lawyers Weekly reports that Chief Judge William W. Wilkins, the Chief Judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, plans to step down next summer as Chief Judge.
Judge Wilkins informed President Bush last month that he will take senior status at the close of the 4th Circuit’s current term. The South Carolina Judge will continue to manage a full caseload, but as of July 1 will relinquish the administrative duties he’s been responsible for as head of the 4th Circuit since 2003.
Circuit Judge Karen J. Williams, also of South Carolina, is expected to succeed Judge Wilkins as Chief Judge of the 4th Circuit, which handles appeals from Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.