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VBA Unveils Portrait of Justice Roush

Monday, January 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Supreme Court of Virginia justices at Roush portrait unveilingThe VBA continued its longtime tradition of honoring the justices upon joining the Supreme Court of Virginia with a commissioned portrait by doing so for former Justice Jane Marum Roush.

The portrait unveiling took place at the VBA Annual Meeting in Williamsburg on Jan. 20 during the banquet ceremony. Every sitting justice on the state's highest court and most of the senior justices attended.

The Hon. Jane Marum Roush and portrait artist Vicars Lynn 'Vicky' McKinneyThe painting, executed by Vicars Lynn "Vicky" McKinney, will hang in the Supreme Court.

"I remember my very, very, very first day sitting on the Supreme Court of Virginia and I have to say, as awe-inspiring as the courtroom is to a lawyer when you’re looking up at the justices, when you’re sitting on the bench as a justice looking out (at the walls full of portraits of former justices) I was a little bit over-awed," she said in her thank-you remarks.

The honoree is a former Fairfax Circuit judge and now works as a neutral with The McCammon Group. She received an interim appointment by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, effective July 31, 2015. She was succeeded in February 2016 by Stephen R. McCullough upon legislative election.

Justice Jane Marum Roush portrait"This portrait is, I think, a fitting coda on what was for me a challenging but also rewarding period of my life. I’m humbled and honored," she said. "I thank The Virginia Bar Association from the bottom of my heart.

"I am a lover of history and it just awes me that some whacky justice years from now is going to spend her first day on the bench staring at the portraits and saying, ‘I wonder who that is up there? Oh, that was Justice Roush.’ It’s just really humbling for me to think that years from now my children, my future grandchildren will be able to come to the Supreme Court and see my portrait there and say, ‘There’s Grandma Roush. She was a justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.’ Thank you!"

The Hon. Jane Marum Roush and supporters at portrait unveilingThe Supreme Court displays every portrait of a justice that has been donated to the commonwealth. The VBA is responsible directly and by donation for providing all but 17 of the 93 portraits.

"We are enormously grateful to The Virginia Bar Association for commissioning the portraits of the justices and allowing them to be gifted to the commonwealth so that they might tell a story about a very important branch of government," Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons said before the unveiling.

"I am so grateful to you for the friendship that you've shown our association during your long career, but especially since becoming chief," 2016 VBA PresidentJames Patrick Guy II said to Lemons. "You have been a great custodian and steward of the portraits that we have given."


The VBA's involvement in the portraits and the Supreme Court of Virginia's displays of its history are the topic of an article in the spring 2016 issue of the VBA Journal. Read more...

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