The Honorable Elizabeth A. McClanahan

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Elizabeth A. McClanahan was elected by the Virginia General Assembly as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2011. She also currently serves as the Street Professor of Law at Appalachian School of Law. She previously served as a Judge on the Court of Appeals of Virginia, as Virginia’s Chief Deputy Attorney General, and was a principal in the law firm of Penn, Stuart & Eskridge. Justice McClanahan has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation where she was designated as an Honorary Trustee. She was one of Virginia Lawyers Media “Influential Women of Virginia” in 2011. She is admitted to the bars of Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia and was selected as the 1994 El Paso Natural Gas Law Fellow for the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Justice McClanahan has served as Vice-Rector of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, chairman of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and chairman of the Task Force on Governance Issues for the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education. She has also received community service awards, including the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s William Skelton Extension Leadership Award, Virginia Oil & Gas Association’s David M. Young Award, YWCA Tribute to Women Award for Volunteer Community Service, Radford University Heritage Award, Bridgewater College Outstanding Service Award, Virginia 4-H Foundation Alumni Award and the Appalachian School of Law’s 2004 Appalachian Service Award.

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