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2012 News Releases

Retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice to address Longwood graduates

April 12, 2012

John Charles Thomas

John Charles Thomas, a retired justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will deliver the commencement address at Longwood University on Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. on Wheeler Mall. More than 900 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Thomas, who will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Longwood, has ruled on thousands of appellate matters addressing the full range of Virginia law including contracts, torts, property, public utilities, trust and estates, and taxation. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th and D.C. Circuits. He is an AAA certified mediator and arbitrator and serves on the AAA Panel of Commercial Arbitrators as well as on the AAA Panel of International Arbitrators. Since June 2005 he has been a judge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A frequent speaker and lecturer across the country and around the world, Thomas has lectured at the Interim University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia on "Enforcing Interim Arbitral Awards Under the New York Convention"; he has delivered the Constitutional Law lecture to the Firsties at the United States Military Academy at West Point; and he has delivered the "First-Day, First Year" lectures at the University of Virginia School of Law and the College of William & Mary School of Law since 1990.

For more information about commencement, visit www.longwood.edu/commencement/index.html