Bill Mims

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Bill Mims
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Court Information:
Supreme Court of Virginia
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $189,000
Appointed by:   Legislature
Active:   2010-2022
Preceded by:   Barbara Keenan
Past post:   Partner, Hunton & Williams
Past term:   2010
Past post 2:   Attorney general of Virginia
Past term 2:   2009-2010
Personal History
Undergraduate:   College of William and Mary, 1979
Law School:   George Washington University, 1984
Grad. School:   Georgetown University (LL.M.), 1986

William Cleveland "Bill" Mims is a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He was appointed by the General Assembly on March 10, 2010. Mims will serve a 12-year term on the supreme court.[1] He was sworn in to the court on April 9, 2010.[2]


Mims received his A.B. from the College of William and Mary in 1979 and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1984. He also earned an LL.M. from Georgetown University in 1986.[1][3][4]


  • 2010-2022: Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia
  • 2010: Partner, Hunton & Williams
  • 2009-2010: Attorney general of Virginia
  • 2006-2009: Deputy attorney general under Robert McDonnell
  • 2002-2005: Adjunct professor of law, George Mason University
  • 1998-2005: Member, Virginia Senate
  • 1992-1997: Member, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Attorney, Mims, Atwill & Leigh
  • Chief of Staff for Representative Frank Wolf
  • Deputy Legislative Director to Senator Paul Trible[1][3]

Awards and associations

  • 2002-2004: Board of Governors, Virginia Bar Association
  • Board member, Lead Virginia
  • Board member, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
  • Board member, Voices for Virginia’s Children[1]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Mims received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.41, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.11 that justices received in Virginia. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob McDonnell
Attorney General of Virginia
Succeeded by
Ken Cuccinelli