Asbury Christian Compton (1974-2000)

Further reading:

Leroy R. Hassell, “The Honorable A. Christian Compton: A Remembrance,” Senior Lawyer News, Vol. 16, Issue 2 (Spring 2006).

Henry J. Reske, “Lesbianism at Center of Custody Dispute: Virginia Supreme Court Denies Mom’s Petition to Raise Her Son in Gay Environment,” ABA Journal, Vol. 81, No. 7 (July 1995), p. 28.

Robert M. Veatch, “Case Studies in Bioethics, Brain Death: Welcome Definition… or Dangerous Judgment?” The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 2, No. 5 (Nov. 1972), pp. 10-13.


Research collections:

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, Va.
Lawrence W. I’Anson Papers, 1896-1991; Section 1.
Correspondence, 1931-1989; 32 items.
Represented.

Virginia State Law Library/Supreme Court of Virginia
Richmond, Va.
Justice A. Christian Compton Papers, 1974-2006; 46 cu. ft.
Chiefly case files from previous Compton’s tenure as a justice (1974-2000) and senior justice (2000-2006) on the Supreme Court of Virginia; also files, mainly memos and correspondence, documenting Compton’s administrative work for the court (renovation and move to new building, 1974-1999; the Virginia State Law Library, and efforts to establish a court historical society, 1982-2002); and a House of Delegates study of appellate review of civil cases (HJR 329), 1989-1990). Finding aid available.

Washington and Lee University (School of Law, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives)
Lexington, Va.
A. Christian Compton Papers, 1960-1999; 7 cu. ft.
Subject files and Supreme Court of Virginia case files. Much of the subject files deal with Compton’s service to his alma mater, Washington and Lee University, as a board member and as an active alumnus. The case files contain appeal documents with an occasional newspaper clipping or letter. Finding aid available.