Kiser, a former Martinsville lawyer, was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan in 1981. His noteworthy decisions include a ruling that Virginia Military Institute could continue to exclude women. That decision was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996.
A judge known for demanding punctuality from counsel, Kiser once fined himself for a late appearance in court.
The Ted Dalton Inn of Court, made up of judges, lawyers and students from southwest Virginia, promotes civility and professionalism in legal practice.
By Peter Vieth