Elected by the General Assembly on March 17, 1998, to an 8-year term beginning August 1, 1998, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Joseph E. Baker. Service terminated by election as justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Other judicial service:
Commissioner in chancery, Henrico County, 1988-1995
Substitute judge, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Henrico County, 1994-1995
Judge, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 1995-1998
Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2000-present; Chief Justice, 2015-present
University of Virginia, B.A., 1970
University of Virginia, J.D., 1976
Probation officer, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, Fairfax County, 1971-1973
Assistant dean and assistant professor of law, University of Virginia School of Law, 1976-1978
Private practice, Richmond, 1978-1995
A.L. Philpott Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law, 1998-2000
Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies, Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2007-present
President, American Inns of Court, 2010-2014
Honorary Bencher, Middle Temple, Inns of Court, London
Elected, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 1998 Regular Session, 2187; first elected justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2000 Regular Session, 1747; sworn in on March 16, 2000, 259 Va., v; Jeff E. Schapiro, “Lemons Voted to Virginia High Court,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 9, 2000, A-6; birth, education, and career, biographical file, Virginia State Law Library; born in Washington, D.C., listing for Durrette, Irvin, Lemons, & Bradshaw, P.C., Martindale-Hubble Law Directory, (Summit, NJ: Martindale-Hubble, Inc.), 1993.