A Guide to the Cynthia D. Kinser Papers, 1997-2014 Kinser, Cynthia D., Papers, 1997-2014 51470

A Guide to the Cynthia D. Kinser Papers, 1997-2014

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 51470


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
51470
Title
Cynthia D. Kinser Papers, 1997-2014
Physical Description
65.6 cubic feet (70 boxes).
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Case Files are closed until 2045.

Use Restrictions

Case Files are closed until 2045.

Preferred Citation

Cynthia D. Kinser Papers, 1997-2014. Accession 51470. Personal Papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Cynthia D. Kinser, Pennington Gap.


Biographical Information

Cynthia Dinah (Fannon) Kinser was born in Pennington Gap, Lee County, Virginia on 20 December 1951. She attended the Unversity of Tennessee (B.A., 1974) and the University of Virginia (J.D., 1977). She served as a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. She also engaged in private law practice and served as Commonwealth's Attorney for Lee County. Kinser was a bankruptcy trustee and clerked for Judge Glen M. Williams. On 2 May 1997, Kinser was appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia by Governor George F. Allen to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Roscoe B. Stephenson. She began her service on 8 July 1997. On 30 January 1998, she was elected by the Virginia General Assembly to a 12-year term. On 31 August 2010, Justice Kinser was elected chief justice to succeed Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. She served as chief justice until her retirement on 31 December 2014.

Scope and Content

Papers, 1997-2014, of Cynthia D. Kinser (b. 1951) of Pennington Gap, Lee County, Virginia, relating to her tenure as justice and chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The collection includes case files, correspondence, subject files, and speeches. The case files are closed until 2045.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series I. Case Files. Series II. Correspondence. Series III. Subject Files. Series IV. Speeches.

Contents List

Series I. Case Files.
Boxes: 1-62
Extent: 62 boxes.

The case files include opinions, concurrences, and dissents written by Kinser. Some of the files also include draft concurrences or dissents that were not used. The case files are closed until 2045.

  • Box 1-62
    Case Files.
Series II. Correspondence.
Boxes: 63-66
Extent: 4 boxes.

The correspondence contains mostly copies of outgoing letters. Subjects include acknowledgements, congratulations, appointments and elections, retirements, invitations, recommendations, thank yous, permissions for various individuals to be excused from attending mandatory judicial conferences, and letters concerning adding names of retiring judges to recall lists.

  • Box 63
    Folder 1-20
    1997 - 2011 (May).
  • Box 64
    Folder 1-19
    2011 (June) - 2012.
  • Box 65
    Folder 1-19
    2013 - 2014 (July).
  • Box 66
    Folder 1-5
    2014 (August-December).
Series III. Subject Files.
Boxes: 66-69
Extent: 4 boxes.

The subject files include information on Kinser's appointment, investiture, and reappointment to the Court, interviews, and legislation and studies relating to the operation and procedures of Virginia's courts, such as appellate rules revisions, court technology, judicial boundary realignment and workload, payee notification, and rules of evidence.

  • Box 66
    Folder 6-8
    Appellate Rules Revisions.
  • Box 66
    Folder n/a
    Appellate Rules Revisions Advisory Committee Report.
  • Box 66
    Folder 9-11
    Appointment, 1997.
  • Box 66
    Folder 12
    Appointment - Courts of Justice Committees, 1997.
  • Box 67
    Folder 1
    Carrico Outstanding Service Award - Chief Justice Hassell.
  • Box 67
    Folder 2
    Chief Justice's Pro Bono Summit.
  • Box 67
    Folder 3
    Court Technology - Kilgore/Kennedy.
  • Box 67
    Folder 4
    Courts of Justice Committees.
  • Box 67
    Folder 5
    DC-40 Form Processing - Wise County Circuit COurt.
  • Box 67
    Folder 6
    Drug Court Information.
  • Box 67
    Folder 7
    Election Day, 2012.
  • Box 67
    Folder 8
    Election of Chief Justice.
  • Box 67
    Folder 9
    4-H Foundation.
  • Box 67
    Folder 10
    Futures Commission.
  • Box 67
    Folder 11
    Investiture and Thank You Letters, 1997.
  • Box 67
    Folder 12
    Invocation - Judicial Conference for District Court Judges, December 2011.
  • Box 67
    Folder 13
    John Marshall Foundation Advisory Council.
  • Box 67
    Folder 14
    Judicial Conference of Virginia - Roanoke, 9-11 May 2011.
  • Box 67
    Folder 15
    Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission - "Hearing in Open Court".
  • Box 67
    Folder 16-17
    Judicial Realignment Study, 2011.
  • Box 67
    Folder 18
    Judicial Workload Assessment.
  • Box 67
    Folder 19
    Koontz Opinions Project.
  • Box 67
    Folder 20
    Magistrate Judges.
  • Box 67
    Folder 21-22
    Payee Notification.
  • Box 68
    Folder 1
    Portrait.
  • Box 68
    Folder 203
    Reappointment, 2010.
  • Box 68
    Folder 4
    Review of Virginia's System of Capital Punishment.
  • Box 68
    Folder 5
    Richmond Free Press.
  • Box 68
    Folder 6-11
    Rules of Evidence.
  • Box 68
    Folder 12
    Supreme Court Historical Society.
  • Box 68
    Folder 13
    Supreme Court Letter to Chief Justice Hassell.
  • Box 68
    Folder 14
    Supreme Court of Virginia Historical Commission.
  • Box 68
    Folder 15
    UVA Lawyer Interview.
  • Box 69
    Folder 1
    Virginia Bar Association Interview, 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 2
    Virginia Legal Aid Society.
  • Box 69
    Folder 3
    Virginia State Bar - Disciplinary Matters Website.
  • Box 69
    Folder 4
    Weighted Caseload Study Committee.
  • Box 69
    Folder 5
    Weighted Caseload Study Committee - Fairfax Bar Association.
Series IV. Speeches.
Boxes: 69-70
Extent: 2 boxes.

Most of the speeches in the collection are post-2010. They were delivered at ceremonies and meetings of various bar associations, civic groups, and educational institutions. Topics include appellate review and decision-making, indigent criminal defense, court history, and ethics and professionalism. There are also copies of the State of the Judiciary Address. There are two groups of speeches. The first group are arranged chronologically. The second group are undated speeches, and are arranged alphabetically by topic.

  • Box 69
    Folder 6
    Wise County Law Day Luncheon, 1 May 1998.
  • Box 69
    Folder 7
    Bristol VA Bar Association, 22 February 2000.
  • Box 69
    Folder 8
    Keokee High School, 22 January 2001.
  • Box 69
    Folder 9
    Legal Aid, November 2002.
  • Box 69
    Folder 10
    Bristol Bar Association, 26 May 2009.
  • Box 69
    Folder 11
    Appalachian School of Law, 17 August 2009.
  • Box 69
    Folder 12
    Christopher Newport University, 30 March 2010.
  • Box 69
    Folder 13
    Lee County Historical Society, November 2010.
  • Box 69
    Folder 14
    "Attaining Justice Within the Bounds of Appellate REview" - Jefferson Medal in Law, 2011.
  • Box 69
    Folder 15
    2011 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award.
  • Box 69
    Folder 16
    2011 State of the Judiciary.
  • Box 69
    Folder 17
    4-H Congress, Blacksburg, 20 June 2011.
  • Box 69
    Folder 18
    Virginia Circuit Court Clerk's Association, 17 September 2011.
  • Box 69
    Folder 19
    Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management, 19 September 2011.
  • Box 69
    Folder 20
    Roanoke Bar Association, 11 October 2011.
  • Box 69
    Folder 21
    2012 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award.
  • Box 69
    Folder 22
    2012 State of the Judiciary.
  • Box 69
    Folder 23
    Virginia Board of Bar Examiners, 11 January 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 24
    Mountain Empire Community College, 21 March 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 25
    Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association, 4 April 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 26
    Virginia State Bar 20th Anniversary Conclave, 22-23 April 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 27
    Pro Bono Summit, 25 April 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 28
    Indigent Criminal Defense Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practioner, 4 May 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 29
    Virginia Bar Association Southwest Virginia CLE, 24 September 2012.
  • Box 69
    Folder 30
    Montgomery County Courthouse Dedication, 7 November 2012.
  • Box 70
    Folder 1
    2013 State of the Judiciary.
  • Box 70
    Folder 2
    Recognition of Gregory E. Lucyk, Chief Staff Attorney, 27 February 2013.
  • Box 70
    Folder 3
    Magistrate Training, November 2013.
  • Box 70
    Folder 4
    2014 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award.
  • Box 70
    Folder 5
    2014 Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar.
  • Box 70
    Folder 6
    2014 Magistrate Training.
  • Box 70
    Folder 7
    2014 State of the Judiciary.
  • Box 70
    Folder 8
    Pro Bono Summit, 2 April 2014.
  • Box 70
    Folder 9
    Southeastern Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates Conference, 1-2 May 2014.
  • Box 70
    Folder 10
    Virginia State Bar 75th Anniversary, 4 June 2014.
  • Box 70
    Folder 11
    Recognition of Virginia LAw Foundation, 10 September 2014.
  • Box 70
    Folder 12
    Hassell Portrait Presentation, 28 October 2014.
  • Box 70
    Folder 13
    Virginia State Bar Bench-Bar Dinner, 1 November 2014.
  • Box 70
    Folder 14
    Admissions Ceremony, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 15
    Appellate Advocacy, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 16
    Appellate Judicial Decision-Making, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 17
    Avoiding Mistakes That Will Sink Your Appeal, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 18
    Citizenship, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 19
    Comments on Judicial Decision-Making, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 20
    Effective Writing Tips, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 21
    Hassell Honor Tree Dedication, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 22
    History of Court - Delta Kappa Gamma, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 23
    History of Court - Lee County Chamber of Commerce, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 24
    Incivility in the Legal Profession, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 25
    Jury Duty Script, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 26
    Legal Aid Award Luncheon, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 27
    MECC Graduation, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 28
    Making a Different World of the Legal Profession, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 29
    Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 30
    Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 31
    The Nuts and Bolts of a Successful Appeal to the the Supreme Court of Virginia: Avoiding the Pitfalls, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 32
    Petition for Appeal and Oral Argument, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 33
    Professionalism - "Listen to the Voices," n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 34
    Public Confidence and Trust in the Judicial System, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 35
    Relationship With Court, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 36
    Recent Developments in Virginia Law Regarding Preservation of Error, Contemporaneous Objection Rule, and Assignments of Error, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 37
    Review of Worker's Compensation Cases, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 38
    Right of Privacy, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 39
    Ten Things I Wish Every Lawyer Knew, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 40
    Virginia Women Attorneys Association, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 41
    Women in the Law: Our History and Our Future, n.d.
  • Box 70
    Folder 42
    Worker's Compensation, n.d.