D. Arthur Kelsey, February 1, 2015-

Kesley portrait_2016
Oil on canvas, 32 x 28 in., by Claiborne Gregory, 2016

Born 1961 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Elected by the General Assembly on January 20, 2015 to a 12-year term beginning February 1, 2015, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Cynthia D. Kinser.

Old Dominion University, B.A., 1982
College of William and Mary, J.D., 1985

Other judicial service:
Law clerk to Chief Judge John A. MacKenzie, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1985-1986.
Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit, 2000-2002.
Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2002-2015.

Professional career:
Private practice of law in Norfolk, Virginia, 1986-2000.
Adjunct professor, College of William and Mary, Marshall Wythe School of Law, 2010-present.
Adjunct professor, Regent University School of Law, 2010-present.

Further Reading

Elected, HJ 687 Judges; Election of Supreme Court, Appeals, Circuit, General District, Juv. & Dom., JIRC members, retrieved from Legislative Information Service on January 22, 2015; see also, Peter Vieth, “Kelsey named to Supreme Court,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, January 20, 2015; appointed to the Court of Appeals, Paul Fletcher, “Judge Kelsey is Tapped for Appeals Court,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly, September 9, 2002; began serving on the Court of Appeals on September 5, 2002, 38 Va.App., V; first elected to an eight-year term on the Court of Appeals, Journals of the Senate of Virginia, 2003 Regular Session, 209; elected circuit court judge, Journal of the Senate of Virginia 2000 Regular Session, 1747; biography, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 2000, VA326B, and American Bench: Judges of the Nation (Forster-Long, Inc., 2002-2003), 2551. Photograph of portrait by Michael Hart, 2016.