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Chief Justice to Visit School of Law

November 12, 2008

Liberty University School of Law welcomes Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy Hassell, Sr., who will give a presentation on November 13.

In February 2002, Hassell was appointed as the first African-American Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court and the first to be chosen by the other members of the court. According to Hassell, “Diversity is important, and since I’ve been Chief Justice I’ve pushed for racial diversity, gender diversity, religious diversity, geographic diversity. You will find no committee that I have appointed in which we failed to include judges from all parts of the state geographically.”

As Chief Justice, Hassell presides when lawyers argue their cases before the court and at conferences of the seven justices. He also is the head of the state judicial system with many administrative and ceremonial responsibilities. He oversees the budget for the state judiciary and represents the court at inaugurations and other observances.

Liberty University School of Law is committed to academic and professional excellence in the context of the Christian intellectual tradition, aspiring to produce graduates who are clear thinkers, skilled legal practitioners, and morally responsible leaders of society.