As it has for more than a half-century, the VBA commissions portraits of new justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia. They are given to the court and hang in the justices' chambers until their retirement.
At the VBA's 126th Annual Meeting, a painting of Justice D. Arthur Kelsey by artist Claiborne Gregory was unveiled by Gregory and 2015 VBA President Harry M. "Pete" Johnson III.
Kelsey’s term as a justice began in 2015, before which he served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Virginia from 2002 and as a Fifth District Circuit judge in his native Suffolk from 2000 to 2002.
“This portrait is not just another painting of just another judge,” Kelsey told the banquet audience during the meeting. “It is a symbolic token of the public-private partnership between the courts and the practicing bar.”