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D. Arthur Kelsey

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D. Arthur Kelsey
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Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of Virginia
Title:   Judge
Salary:  $
Active:   2015-2027
Preceded by:   Cynthia Kinser
Past position:   Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals
Past term:   2002-2015
Past position 2:   Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit Court
Past term 2:   2000-2002
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Old Dominion University
Law School:   College of William & Mary

D. Arthur Kelsey is a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. He was appointed to the court by the Virginia General Assembly on January 20, 2015. His current term expires in January 2027.[1][2]


Kelsey received his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University and his J.D. degree from the College of William and Mary School of Law.[3]


Kelsey began his career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John MacKenzie. He then worked as a partner at the law firm of Hunton & Williams. In 2000, Kelsey became a circuit court judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit in Suffolk, where he served until his appointment to the Virginia Court of Appeals by former Governor Mark Warner on August 30, 2002. He served on the Virginia Court of Appeals until his elevation to the Supreme Court of Virginia in January 2015.[4][5]

Articles and publications

  • The Laws of Physics and the Physics of Laws, 62 VIRGINIA LAWYER 9, at 30 (April 2014) (abridged version) - Available here
  • The Commonwealth’s Common Law, 40 VBA JOURNAL 26 (Winter 2013-14)- Available here
  • The Resurgent Role of Legal History in Modern U.S. Supreme Court Cases, 37 VBA JOURNAL No. 3, at 10 (Fall 2010) - Available here
  • The Laws of Physics and the Physics of Laws, 25 REGENT U. L. REV. 89 (2012) - Available here
  • The Architecture of Judicial Power: Appellate Review & Stare Decisis, 53 VIRGINIA LAWYER, No. 3 (Oct. 2004) - Available here; see also 45 THE JUDGES’ JOURNAL 2, at 6-13 (ABA 2006) - Available here
  • Law & Politics: The Imperative of Judicial Self-Restraint, 28 VBA JOURNAL No. 6, at 6-9 (Sept. 2002) - Available here
  • Procedural Defaults: Balancing Systemic & Individual Justice, 1 VTLA APPELLATE JOURNAL 1-22 (2012) - Available here
  • The Thing Decided: Rule 1:6’s Rediscovery of Res Judicata in Virginia, 34 VBA JOURNAL No. 2, at 18-21, 26 (June/July 2008) - Available here
  • Virginia’s Answer To Daubert’s Question Behind The Question, 90 JUDICATURE No. 2, 68-71 (2006) - Available here
  • Procedural Defaults In Virginia Trial Courts: The Adversarial Model & The Imperative of Neutrality, 55 VIRGINIA LAWYER 3, at 38 (Oct. 2006) - Available here
  • Social Compact as Law: The Workers’ Compensation Act and the Wicked Sisters of the Common Law, 31 VBA JOURNAL No. 5, at 13-21 (Oct./Nov. 2005) - Available here
  • Law & Equity in Virginia, 28 VBA JOURNAL No. 8, at 6-10 (Dec. 2002) - Available here
  • In Rem Liens & Ship Repair Contracts, SHIPPING FIN. ANN. 177-79 (Euromoney PLC 1996) - Publisher website here
  • Robert M. Hughes III & D. Arthur Kelsey, Toxic & Environmental Torts Within Admiralty, 62 TUL. L. REV. 405 (1988) - Available here
  • D. Arthur Kelsey & John E. Holloway, Mistaken LHWCA Compensation Payments: Subrogation Lien Or Third Party Credit?, 30 J. MAR. L. & COM. 19 (1999) - Available here
  • Kelsey & Parks, Civil Discovery in Virginia, ch. 11 (3d ed. 2009)- Publisher website here
  • Contributing Author, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Antitrust Law Developments (4th ed. 1997 & Supp. 1998) - Publisher website here
  • Associate Editor, American Maritime Cases (Mar. L. Ass’n) (1999-2000) - Publisher website here

See also

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