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Judge named to juvenile bench

Halifax attorney Robert Morrison was appointed to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court bench for the Tenth Judicial District on Wednesday, according to Judge Joel C. Cunningham’s office.

Tenth Judicial Circuit Judges Cunningham, Leslie Osborn and Kim White selected Morrison to fill a seat vacated earlier this year with the retirement of Michael Rand.

Several candidates, including Morrison and Halifax attorney Tracey Quackenbush Martin, interviewed for the judgeship before the Virginia House and Senate courts earlier this year.

The 10th Judicial Circuit includes circuit courts in the counties of Halifax, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg and Prince Edward.

Chief Judge Osborn and Presiding Judge Cunningham currently serve the 10th Judicial Circuit in addition to White, who recently filled a vacancy on the bench created when Judge Richard S. Blanton retired.

Morrison served as an assistant public defender in Halifax before joining the firm of Bennett, Rand, Watson and Morrison.

He is currently a member of the Law Offices of Watson and Morrison.

A native of Alexandria, Morrison received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 1987 and graduated from Syracuse University School of Law in 1989.

Morrison served as president of the Halifax County Bar Association in 1997 and is a member of the Virginia State Bar Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

Two judges currently serve Halifax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, including Presiding and Chief Judge S. Anderson Nelson and Marvin H. Dunkum.