Robert N. Baldwin, Executive Secretary, 1976-2005

Baldwin 2
May 21, 2010

Listen to an audio recording of a two-part interview with Robert N. Baldwin, Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1976 to 2005. (Transcripts, below).

May 14, 2010:

May 21, 2010, part 1:

May 21, 2010, part 2:

Baldwin was interviewed by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Professor of History at Norfolk State University, at the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg and the Supreme Court Building in Richmond.

Mr. Baldwin served as Assistant Executive Secretary from 1974-1975, and as Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia from January 1, 1976 until his retirement March 31, 2005. He succeeded Hubert Bennett, the first person to hold the position of Executive Secretary, who served from 1952 to 1975. During his tenure, Baldwin oversaw the implementation of statewide administration of local courts in Virginia, the implementation of uniform practice and procedures, and technology automation.

In the first interview, recorded May 14, 2010, Baldwin recalls his childhood in Roanoke, education, and military service, working to implement the findings of the I’Anson Commission, which proposed a reorganization of the Virginia court system, working with Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, and the implementation of automation technology and uniform practice and procedures in courts across the state.

In the second interview, recorded May 21, 2010, Baldwin recalls working with the Committee on District Courts, the Courts of Justice Committee, and Speaker of the House of Delegates A.L. Philpott, the establishment of the Court of Appeals in 1985, the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission, and a study by the Commission on the Future of the Court System, 1987-1989.