Friday, August 17, 2012
I enjoyed seeing the crowd and hearing the speeches at the event for Judge Teresa Chafin in Lebanon yesterday. The local legislators on the program directed their remarks to the long and difficult process that ended with her selection from among a group of well-qualified candidates in a late-night vote. It is difficult from the outside to imagine how much time and effort were required to make the case for a judge from the 29th Circuit for a statewide position.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Governor McDonnell announced on Friday that he was appointing Judge Hurley to the 29th Circuit vacancy, replacing Judge Chafin now of the Virginia Court of Appeals. The Governor's announcement included this biography: "Jack S. 'Chip' Hurley, Jr. was elected to the General District Court in the 29th Judicial Circuit by the Virginia General Assembly in 2005 and currently serves as the chief judge. Prior to taking the bench, he practiced law in Southwest Virginia for 19 years, serving as a prosecutor for the Town of Tazewell and Bland County and in private practice. He is active in his community and a past officer of many civic and professional organizations. He has also been an instructor at several educational institutions, including Bluefield College. He is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He lives in Bluefield with his wife, Julie, and is the father of one daughter and one son."