SWD welcomes new Division Counsel

Published May 28, 2013
Nancye Bethurem recently joined the Southwestern Division as Division Counsel.

Nancye Bethurem recently joined the Southwestern Division as Division Counsel.

by LaDonna Davis

The Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, welcomes Nancye Bethurem as the Division’s new Division Counsel.

Bethurem recently arrived at SWD after serving as Senior Counsel, Compliance Law Department, with Savannah River Remediation LLC in Aiken, S.C.  As the Division Counsel, Bethurem is responsible for providing all legal services required to execute a military construction and civil works program.

“I feel extremely honored to have been selected to be the Division Counsel for the Southwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a position where I am responsible for the provision of all legal services required to execute a significant military construction program for the Army and Air Force and many large civil works programs in seven states through four district offices that includes supervision of 40 attorneys and 10 support staff,” said Bethurem. “I am also excited about the opportunity to return to the practice of law in Dallas where I spent a significant amount of time in my legal career in both private practice and previous government legal representation.”

Bethurem began her legal career in private practice in Missouri and Texas. She then joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as a Supervisory Senior Litigator. She transferred to the U.S. Army, where she represented the 25th Infantry Division (L) and the U.S. Army Hawaii's Environmental Management Directorate in environmental and real estate matters.

Bethurem’s legal career has taken her to Nevada, where she worked with the U.S. Air Force for three years as the environmental, administrative and real estate attorney for the Air Warfare Center, at Nellis Air Force Base, she then went to Bentonville, Ark. where she worked as an Assistant General Counsel at Wal-Mart and acted as the primary legal advisor in the areas of real estate and environmental litigation and later to South Carolina, where she worked in the Compliance Law Department with URS affiliate, Savannah River Remediation. 

Bethurem’s education includes a B.A., summa cum laude, in History from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Masters of Education-Guidance and Counseling degree from Central Missouri State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she served as an Associate Casenote Editor of the Law Review. She is also a graduate of UNLV, earning a Ph.D. in Environmental Science with a focus on Environmental Policy and Management.

“I am so pleased to welcome Ms. Bethurem to the SWD family,” said SWD Commander, Brig. Gen. Thomas Kula. “Her legal expertise will be a great asset to the Division and ensure that we are in legal compliance as we execute critical military and civil works missions. I know she will do an excellent job.”

Bethurem is licensed to practice law in Texas, Hawaii, Missouri (inactive) and Massachusetts (inactive).


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