The Supreme Court of Virginia elected Donald W. Lemons as its new chief justiceon Aug. 18. He will succeed Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, who announced her retirement effective Dec. 31, 2014.
Chief Justice-elect Lemons will assume office on Jan. 1, 2015. He was elected by the General Assembly to the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2000, and re-elected in 2012. He previously served as a Richmond City Circuit Court judge and a judge on the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
Lemons received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia. He also has served as assistant dean and assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and has served on the faculties of law schools at the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University.
Lemons “is a dedicated jurist who exemplifies integrity, civility and professionalism. He will lead the judiciary with distinction during the next four years,” said Chief Justice Kinser in the court’s press release.