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Leroy Hassell

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Leroy Hassell
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Court Information:
Virginia Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Active:   1989-2011
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1980-1989

Leroy Roundtree Hassell, Sr. was a justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia. He was appointed to the court by Democratic former Governor George L. Baliles in 1989 during a recess of the Virginia General Assembly and his term was set to expire on January 31, 2014.[1] However, Hassell passed away on February 9, 2011.[2]

Justice Hassell was the first black chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.[3] He was sworn in to that position on February 11, 2003 and stepped down as chief justice in 2010.[4]


Hassell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1977 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1980.[5]


Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court of Virginia, Justice Hassell worked as an attorney in private practice. In 1989, Governor George L. Baliles appointed Hassell to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court's justices elected Hassell Chief Justice in 2002.[3]

Awards and associations

  • Former director of Richmond Renaissance
  • Former director of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Former director of the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts
  • Former chairman of the Richmond School Board [4]

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