Born 1949 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania
Appointed by Governor Timonty M. Kaine on November 26, 2007, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of James W. Benton. Elected by the General Assembly on February 8, 2008, to an eight-year term beginning February 1, 2008. Service terminated by election to the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Other judicial service:
Judge, General District Court, Prince William County, 1990-1993
Judge, Thirty-First Judicial Circuit, 1993-2007
Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2008-present
College of William and Mary, A.B., 1971
College of William and Mary, J.D., 1974
Private practice, Woodbridge, 1974-1986
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Prince William County, 1986-1990
Appointed, press release, Office of Governor Timonty M. Kaine, November 26, 2007; elected, Journals of the Senate, 2008 Regular Session, 583; appointed justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and sworn in, 276 Va., v; oath, ix; confirmed by the General Assembly, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2009 Regular Session, 651; career, transcript of investiture on September 5, 2008, published in 276 Va., xi-xxii; birthplace and education, Martindale-Hubble Law Directory (Summit, NJ: Martindale-Hubble, Inc., 1954-), 1980 ed., entry for Compton, Latimer, Compton, & Compton, 1980; see also Theresa Vargas, “County Judges on Rise at Circuit, Appeals Courts,” Washington Post, November 29, 2007, PW01.