The Judicial Council of Virginia has named Court of Appeals Chief Judge Walter S. Felton Jr. as the recipient of the 2013 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award. The award was presented May 15 at the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Virginia.
Felton was first elected to the Court of Appeals of Virginia in 2002, and in 2006, he was elected as chief judge by the members of the court. In 2010, he was elected to an additional eight-year term on the court and is currently serving his third four-year term as chief judge.
In a nomination letter, Felton’s colleagues cited his long service to the state, including work as a William & Mary law professor, senior counsel to the attorney general, counsel to then-Gov. James S. Gilmore and director of policy in the governor’s office.
As a judge, Felton has served on many commissions and committees including the Chief Justice’s Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century, the Pandemic Flu Preparedness Commission, the Judicial Council and the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of Virginia.
“Over many years, Chief Judge Felton has distinguished himself as a legal scholar, a benevolent servant leader, a skilled advisor and confidante, and a beloved senior statesman. These attributes followed him to the bench and have continued to reflect the man within the jurist,” the nomination letter read.
“On behalf of the Justices, I thank Chief Judge Felton for his many years of public service and applaud his commitment to the administration of justice in the Commonwealth,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser.