The General Assembly elected Prince William County Circuit Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. to the Virginia Court of Appeals this afternoon.
The legislature had elected Alston to a second eight-year term on the circuit court earlier in the session. He was elevated to the circuit court in 2001 after three years as a juvenile and domestic relations district judge.
Alston is a graduate of Averett University and the North Carolina Central University law school.He replaces Judge Jean Harrison Clements, who retired at the end of the year, and becomes the second African-American and only judge from Northern Virginia on the Court of Appeals.
The legislature also elected three pro tempore appointments by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine: Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. to the Supreme Court of Virginia, Judge Cleo E. Powell to the Court of Appeals and Judge James C. Dimitri to the State Corporation Commission.
And the Assembly appointed Judge Timothy J. Hauler to a third term on Chesterfield County Circuit Court. The reappointment was delayed because of opposition to Hauler by Sen. Stephen H. Martin, R-Chesterfield.
A large contingent of Chesterfield lawyers appeared in support of Hauler earlier this month at a hearing on the reappointment.
By Alan Cooper