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September 06, 2019

The Honorable Teresa M. Chafin Invested to the Supreme Court of Virginia

On September 6, 2019, the Honorable Teresa M. Chafin was formally invested as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia in a special session of the Court held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Justice Chafin, a native of Lebanon, was elected by the General Assembly to a 12-year term, and will fill the seat left by retiring Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan.

Justice Chafin was elected to the Twenty-ninth District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in 2002, where she served as Chief Judge until 2005, when she was elected a judge of the Twenty­-ninth Judicial Circuit, serving as Chief Judge in 2008 and 2009. In 2012, Justice Chafin was elected a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Prior to her service in the judiciary, Justice Chafin was an attorney in private practice in Lebanon, Virginia.

Justice Chafin received her undergraduate degree from Emory and Henry College and her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Updated: Sep 06, 2019