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Blacksburg lawyer named to J&D judgeship

The Roanoke Times reports Blacksburg attorney Harriet D. Dorsey has been appointed by circuit court judges to fill a vacancy on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court bench in the 27th District.

The paper reports Dorsey is one of several substitute judges who have heard cases, primarily in Wythe County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, since former Judge Michael Keith Blankenship went on leave last year following legal troubles and then resigned.

The appointment by the circuit judges, when official, is good for one year, with next year’s General Assembly to determine an appointment for a full six-year term.

By Peter Vieth


  1. Judges appointed pro tempore by the circuit judges are appointed to terms that expire “at the end of thirty days after the commencement of the next session of the General Assembly” (Section 16.1-69.9:2). This appointment is not “good for one year,” but expires on February 12, 20120

  2. Wait — sorry — make that February 12, 2010.

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