Barbara Milano Keenan, July 2, 1991-March 9, 2010

73 Barbara Keenan
Oil on canvas, by Jean Garver, unveiled in 1996
Location: courtroom, rear

Born 1950 in Vienna, Austria.

First elected by the General Assembly on February 23, 1991 to a 12-year term, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Charles Steven Russell, and began her service on July 2, 1991. Service terminated by retirement.

Cornell University, B.A., 1971
George Washington University, J.D., 1974
University of Virginia, LL.M., 1992

Other judicial service:
Commissioner in chancery, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1975-1980.
Judge, General District Court, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1980-1982.
Judge, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, 1982-1985.
Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1985-1991.
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2010-2021. Judge Keenan assumed senior status on August 31, 2021.

Professional career:
Assistant commonwealth’s attorney, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1974-1976.
Private practice of law in Fairfax County, Virginia, 1976-1980.
Member, Board of Zoning Appeals, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1978-1980.

Oral histories

Further reading

Elected to a 12-year term beginning July 1, 1991, Journal of the House of Delegates, 1991 Session, 1021; sworn in on July 2, 1991; 242 Va., v; oath, ix; received her commission as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on March 9, 2010, Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, retrieved September 24, 2014; birth, education, and career, transcript of portrait presentation on November 2, 2011, published in 282 Va., liii, and Biographical Directory of Federal Judges; portrait unveiled in 1996, VBA Journal v. XXII, No. 2(Spring 1996), 26.