Born 1955 in Lebanon, Virginia
Elected by the General Assembly on May 14, 2012, to an eight-year term beginning June 1, 2012, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of James Haley, Jr. Service terminated by election to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Other judicial service:
Judge, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Twenty-Ninth Judicial District, 2002-2005
Judge, Twenty-Ninth Judicial Circuit, 2005-2012 (chief judge, 2008-2009)
Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2019-present
Emory and Henry College, B.A., 1978
University of Richmond, J.D., 1987
Private practice, Lebanon, 1987-2002
Elected, Journal of the House of Delegates, 2012 Special Session I, 347; elected juvenile and domestic relations judge, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2002 Regular Session, 1414; elected circuit court judge, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2005 Regular Session, 1170; biography, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 2001, VA233B; see also Peter Vieth, “Chafin Elected to Court of Appeals,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, May 17, 2012, retrieved from valawyersweekly.com on December 2, 2014. Digital image of photographic portrait by Michael Hart, 2016.