William E. Thro will step down next week after four years as Virginia’s solicitor general to become university counsel at Christopher Newport
Thro’s deputy, Stephen R. McCullough will become solicitor general. The solicitor section in the attorney general’s office is responsible for handling the state’s U.S. Supreme Court litigation other than capital cases, constitutional challenges to state laws, and certain other high-profile cases.
McCullough is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond law school and clerked for then-Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. before joining the AG’s office in 1999. He worked in the criminal litigation section until 2006, when he was named deputy solicitor general.
Thro joined the AG’s office in 1997 as counsel to the attorney general and moved to the solicitor general’s staff two years later. Then-AG Jerry Kilgore named him solicitor general in 2004.
Thro said he expects to continue to work on selected cases that the office is handling for the next few months, including the challenge to the state’s partial-birth abortion bill that the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear in October.
By Alan Cooper