Justice Donald W. Lemons
Justice Lemons is Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies at Washington and Lee University School of Law. At W&L, Justice Lemons teaches a practicum course on appellate practice that combines legal theory about the nature of the judicial process with hands-on simulations of appellate practice. Students participating in the course explore the formulation of appellate strategies, effective brief-writing, and presentation of oral argument among other appellate skills.
The American Inns of Court, established in 1985 by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and others, brings together legal practitioners of all levels to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bar and bench.
A distinguished jurist and legal educator, Justice Lemons has served as a judge or justice at every level of the judiciary in Virginia and has taught at the law schools at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond in addition to W&L. Recognized as an authority on American legal history, Justice Lemons served on the state, national and international committees that organized the activities to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's founding. In 2008, he was awarded the rare honor of being named an Honorary Master of the Bench by the Middle Temple in London.
Justice Lemons graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1976 and served as an assistant dean and assistant professor of law at the School for several years. After a successful career in private practice, Lemons was appointed in 1995 to the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond by Gov. George Allen. In 1998 Lemons was elected by the Virginia General Assembly to the Court of Appeals of Virginia and then to the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2000.
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