Culler named to district judgeship

Gov. Mike Easley on Friday appointed Jena Culler to a Mecklenburg District Court judgeship.

“I'm very excited. I'm thrilled,” Culler, 44, said. “I can't wait to get to work. This is something I've wanted for a very long time.”

Culler will replace Judge Nancy Norelli, who announced in April that she would resign to go into private practice and spend more time with her family. Norelli had been a judge for eight years when she announced her decision to step down in the middle of her term.

The governor, in announcing Culler's appointment, said: “As a private practitioner for more than 18 years in Mecklenburg County, Jena Culler knows well the courts in this district. I am confident she will make a fine addition to the district court bench.”

Since 1990, Culler has been in private practice in Mecklenburg County, focusing primarily on district court. She has experience in all areas of district court, particularly family law. She has practiced with her husband, Andy Culler, at the law firm of Culler & Culler since 1996.

Jena Culler has been active in the community, serving as a volunteer in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and in various leadership roles within her church.

Culler graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1986 with a degree in business administration. She received her law degree from Campbell University in 1989.