Muriel-Theresa Pitney has been appointed the clerk of the Supreme Court of Virginia effective immediately. The court announced Pitney’s appointment in an Oct. 18 press release.
Pitney began serving as chief deputy court of the Supreme Court of Virginia in January 2019. She began serving as acting clerk in April.
Prior to joining the Supreme Court of Virginia, Pitney served as a staff attorney for the Court of Appeals in Virginia. She has also spent time in private practice, along with stints as an attorney for the Office of the Public Defender and as a policy analyst for the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
Pitney earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and her law degree from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.
Pitney’s appointment fills a vacancy left by the death of former clerk Douglas B. Robelen earlier this year. Robelen had served as clerk of the Supreme Court of Virginia since February 2019, having served as chief deputy clerk for 16 years prior to his elevation.