The Supreme Court of Virginia has announced the makeup of the inaugural Access to Justice Commission, a new panel aimed at opening courthouse doors for those impaired by poverty, disability or language barriers.
The 18-member commission will be chaired by Supreme Court Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn. The co-chair is Blue Ridge Legal Services executive director John Whitfield.
The commission start-up was paid for by a grant funded in part by the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington.
Commission meetings are to be open to the public, according to a court spokesperson. No meetings have yet been announced.
Other members are:
- Mark D. Braley, executive director, Legal Services Corporation of Virginia
- Andrea L. Bridgeman, associate general counsel, Freddie Mac
- Deborah V. Bryan, Chief Judge, Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
- Joel C. Cunningham, Judge, Halifax Circuit Court
- Kimberly C. Emery, Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest, University of Virginia School of Law
- John P. Fishwick, Jr., LichtensteinFishwick PLC
- Larry T. Harley, Executive Director, Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
- Tonya Henderson-Stith, Chief Judge, Hampton General District Court
- George H. Hettrick, Special Counsel, Hunton & Williams
- Stephen R. McCullough, Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia
- Paul D. McWhinney, Deputy Commissioner for Programs/Director of Family Services, Virginia Department of Social Services
- Scott C. Oostdyk, McGuireWoods
- Daniel E. Ortiz, Blankingship and Keith, P.C.
- Stephen Otero, Vice President and Sr. Associate General Counsel, Capital One
- Carolyn W. Robbins, Clerk, Salem Combined District Court
- Gail Warren, State Law Librarian, Supreme Court of Virginia
Clarification: This post was revised on Dec. 6 to reflect that grant money paid only for the start-up of the commission.