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Retirement, 21 years later

John Charles Thomas recently retired from the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Wait a minute. Thomas hasn’t been on the court since 1989, you say.

That’s true. In 1983, at age 32, Thomas became the first African-American to sit on the court. He resigned in 1989 due to a brain tumor, and after receiving treatment, rejoined Hunton & Williams, where he is a senior partner.

But apparently one can’t formally retire from the court until the age of 60, which Thomas reached in September. He said that now he actually could be recalled, as a retired justice, to sit on a panel.

In the meantime, he’ll stay busy with his work at Hunton – and at Juridical Solutions. He recently signed on as a senior professional with that mediation company.

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