Gov. Timothy M. Kaine named Court of Appeals Judge LeRoy F. Millette Jr. to the Supreme Court of Virginia and replaced him with Chesterfield Circuit Judge Cleo E. Powell on the intermediate appellate court.
Kaine also named McGuireWoods LLP partner James C. Dimitri to the State Corporation Commission. And he appointed two circuit judges in Fairfax County, Jan Louis Brodie, deputy county attorney in Fairfax, and David S. Schell, a juvenile and domestic relations distrct judge, in Fairfax, and Charles S. Sharp, the commonwealth’s attorney in Fredericksburg, to a post in the 15th Judicial Circuit. Noticeably absent from the appointments were posts in Hampton, Norfolk and Virginia Beach where the delegations are bitterly divided over judicial vacancies.
Judges who accepted appointments to higher courts did so at some risk. Some Republicans had warned that no appointee could be assured of election to a full term when the General Assembly convenes next year, and the candidates have no assurance of returning to their former posts if the legislature rejects them.
Kaine appointed Millette, who has been a circuit judge in Prince William County, to the court of appeals in November, and sources close to the appointment said Powell was on the very short list for that seat. She will be the only black member of the court.
By Alan Cooper