Born 1970 in Oxford, Mississippi.
Elected by the General Assembly on August 10, 2021 to an eight-year term beginning September 1, 2021 to fill one of 6 vacancies created by the 2021 expansion of the Court of Appeals from 11 to 17 judges.
University of Mississippi, B.S., 1993
Tennessee State University, M.Ed., 1999
Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, J.D., 2002
Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, City of Richmond, 2004.
Private practice of law, Richmond, Virginia, 2003-2008.
Staff Attorney and Managing Attorney, Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Inc., Richmond, Virginia, 2008-2021.
President, Virginia State Bar, 2017-2018.
Elected, 2021 Special Session II, House Resolution no. 843, Legislative Information System;
Paul Fletcher, “Eight on deck: General Assembly taps new judges for appeals court,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, August 9, 2021;
2021 Special Session I, SB 1261 Court of Appeals; expands jurisdiction, increases from 11 to 17 number of judges on Court.
Professional history and education:
“Spotlight on the Virginia State Bar’s first African-American president,” Richmond Free Press, July 28, 2017;
Deirdre Norman, “Doris Henderson Causey: Native Mississippian Takes Reins of Virginia Bar,” Capital Area Bar Association, September 2017; and
Virginia Women Attorneys Association Judicial Screening Committees to John S. Edwards and Charniele L. Herring, June 3, 2021, letter re: Vacancies on the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Jennifer L. Eaton, “Making Introductions: Profiles of the new judges on the expanded Court of Appeals of Virginia,” VBA Journal (Spring 2022), p. 20.