Governor McDonnell Appoints Two Circuit Court Judges
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced two judicial appointments to fill vacant circuit court positions that were not filled during the 2012 General Assembly session. Kimberley Slayton White, will fill the 10th Judicial Circuit, and Jack S. "Chip" Hurley, Jr. will serve in the 29th Judicial Circuit. According to Article VI, Section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, these individuals will "serve until thirty days after the commencement of the next session of the General Assembly." Continued service on the Circuit Court will require election by the General Assembly.
"I am pleased to appoint these highly qualified individuals to the Circuit Court," Governor McDonnell said. "Judge Hurley has served with distinction on the General District Court for the last seven years, and Kim has honorably served the people of Halifax County as their Commonwealth's Attorney for the last eight years. Both Kim White and Judge Hurley are respected in the legal field and active members of their communities. Throughout their careers, they have demonstrated legal acumen and fairness to defendants, victims of crime, and others litigants. They were selected from a pool of several highly qualified candidates, whom I thank for an interest in serving the Commonwealth. I am confident Kim and Judge Hurley will continue to serve Virginia and their circuits well in these new roles, and it is with great pleasure that I appoint them to the Circuit Court."
Judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit- Kimberley Slayton White
Kimberley Slayton White is the Commonwealth's Attorney for Halifax County and has served in that role since 2004. She has previously served as an assistant and deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Lynchburg and was a special assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Prior to being elected as Commonwealth's Attorney, she was a partner with the law firm of Woods Rogers in Danville. She is a graduate of Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) and the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She is a frequent instructor on trial practice and is a past chair of the Virginia State Bar Committee on Lawyer Discipline. She resides in South Boston with her husband, David, and their two children.
Judge for the 29th Judicial Circuit- Jack S. Hurley, Jr.
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.
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