Trailblazers reflect: excerpts from video interviews

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The Hon. Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy, justice from 1989 to 2007, was the first woman to serve on the court in its two-hundred year history.  In this video clip, she reflects on how the presence of women influenced the tone of debate among the justices on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Lacy was joined by Barbara Milano Keenan in 1991 and Cynthia D. Kinser in 1997.

Transcript of clip 

Transcript of oral history interview, October 8, 2008 

Transcript of oral history interview, September 15, 2008 

 

U.S. Circuit Judge Barbara Keenan reflects on choosing a career in public service and being one of the first women prosecutors in Fairfax County in 1974. Keenan served on the Court of Appeals of Virginia from 1985 to 1991 and the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1991 to 2010.

Transcript of clip

Transcript of oral history interview, June 6, 2013 

 

The Hon. Johanna Levenson Fitzpatrick, chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia from 1997-2006, describes her work as a legal aid attorney in Fairfax County and her subsequent appointment to the bench in 1977.

Transcript of clip

Transcript of oral history interview, July 13, 2009 

 

 


The Hon. John Charles Thomas, justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1983 to 1989,  recalls arguing cases for corporate clients when he was  a young attorney with Hunton & Williams. Thomas was the first African American attorney hired by the firm.

Transcript of clip

Transcript of oral history interview, August 8, 2007

Transcript of oral history interview, June 11, 2007

 

Citations:

Hon. Johanna L. Fitzpatrick, interviewed by Professor Cassandra Newby-Alexander, July 13, 2009. Supreme Court of Virginia/Virginia State Law Library Oral History Project.

Hon. Barbara Milano Keenan, interviewed by Professor Cassandra Newby-Alexander, June 6, 2013. Supreme Court of Virginia/Virginia State Law Library Oral History Project.

Hon. Elizabeth B. Lacy, interviewed by Professor Cassandra Newby-Alexander, September 15, 2008. Supreme Court of Virginia/Virginia State Law Library Oral History Project.

Hon. John Charles Thomas, interviewed by Professor Cassandra Newby-Alexander, June 11, 2007. Supreme Court of Virginia/Virginia State Law Library Oral History Project.

Audio recordings and transcripts of the complete interviews of these justices and 17 other judges and justices are available through the online biographical directory for the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia.