SUPREME COURT SELECTS NEW CHIEF STAFF ATTORNEY
[Posted February 8, 2013] The history of the Supreme Court of
Greg retires after a career of public service that included a stop in the Attorney Generals Office in the 1990s. It was then that I met him, as we jointly defended a shotgun lawsuit against judges, lawyers, and police officers, filed by a jailhouse lawyer. Greg represented the state defendants and I had the Virginia Beach Police defendants; I learned then how capable and professional he was.
In his tenure as Chief Staff Attorney, Gregs primary role has been to advise the justices on pending cases. He and his staff prepare bench memoranda on petitions for appeal, summarizing the record, the issues, the parties arguments, and the applicable law. The memos also include a recommendation as to whether a writ should be granted or not, and Im told that while the correlation rate between those recommendations and the actual writs isnt 100%, the first digit is a 9.
The Staff Attorney also personally receives and considers writ argument in criminal appeals, giving a recommendation afterward to the justices as to which writs should be granted. The justices have the final say, of course Greg has never granted a single writ on his own in his entire tenure but the court relies upon his evaluation of the case in making an informed decision.
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