William “Bill” Constangy, a Mecklenburg County judge for a quarter-century, will retire Aug. 31, court officials say.
Constangy, currently a Superior Court judge, is 72, the mandatory retirement age for judges in North Carolina.
After graduating from Duke University law school in 1967, Constangy worked as a private practice lawyer until 1989, when he was appointed by then-Gov. James Martin to a seat as a District Court judge. He was re-elected five times and then was elected to a Superior Court judicial seat in 2010.
Since then, he has heard criminal felony cases, District Court appeals and civil cases of $25,000 or more.
Constangy has been active in education, teaching employment law classes to paralegal students at Central Piedmont Community College, and lecturing in seminars at the CPCC Small Business Center and in classes for new business owners.
He is the author of a book on employment law, “North Carolina Employer-Employee Handbook,” and has written a number of articles for journals and newspapers. He recently was nominated for the 2014 Leaders in the Law award from Elon University School of Law and North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
“I am not ready to retire,” Constangy said. “My plans now are to return from time to time as a recall/emergency judge, do arbitration and mediation, maybe teach some and do some more of the long-delayed writing.”
Mecklenburg County court officials say an election later this year will fill Constangy’s seat.