Born 1961 in Norfolk
Elected by the General Assembly on January 20, 2015, to a 12-year term beginning February 1, 2015, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Cynthia D. Kinser.
Other judicial service:
Law clerk to Chief Judge John A. MacKenzie, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1985-1986
Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit, 2000-2002
Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2002-2015
Old Dominion University, B.A., 1982
College of William and Mary, J.D., 1985
Private practice, Norfolk, 1986-2000
Adjunct professor, College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe School of Law, 2010-present
Adjunct professor, Regent University School of Law, 2010-present
Elected, HJ 687 Judges; Election of Supreme Court, Appeals, Circuit, General District, Juv. & Dom., JIRC members, retrieved from Legislative Information Service on January 22, 2015; see also, Peter Vieth, “Kelsey named to Supreme Court,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, January 20, 2015; appointed to the Court of Appeals, Paul Fletcher, “Judge Kelsey is Tapped for Appeals Court,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September 9, 2002; began serving on the Court of Appeals on September 5, 2002, 38 Va.App., V; first elected to an eight-year term on the Court of Appeals, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2003 Regular Session, 209; elected circuit court judge, Journal of the Senate of Virginia 2000 Regular Session, 1747; biography, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 2000, VA326B, and American Bench: Judges of the Nation (Forster-Long, Inc., 2002-2003), 2551. Photograph of portrait by Michael Hart, 2016.