Justice D. Arthur Kelsey, J.D.

Supreme Court of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow


The Hon. D. Arthur Kelsey was appointed to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia in January 2015 by the Virginia General Assembly. Other judicial experience includes: 

Judge of Court of Appeals of Virginia, appointed in 2002 by the Honorable Mark R. Warner, Governor of Virginia.

Judge of Fifth Judicial Circuit of Virginia, which includes Suffolk, Southampton, and Isle of Wight (2000 to 2002).

Justice Kelsey earned his B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, at Old Dominion University, and a Juris Doctor at Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary, Order of the Coif.

Legal Background

Hunton & Williams, Partner on Litigation Team

Law Clerk to Chief U.S. District Judge John A. MacKenzie Eastern District of Virginia 1984 (summer) & 1985 to 1986


Bracton’s Warning & Hamilton’s Reassurance, 66 Virginia Lawyer 2, at 20-27 (2017)

The Laws of Physics and the Physics of Laws, 62 Virginia Lawyer 9, at 30 (2014) (abridged version)

The Commonwealth’s Common Law, 40 VBA Journal 26 (Winter 2013-14), available at http://vba.epubxp.com/i/229980

The Resurgent Role of Legal History in Modern U.S. Supreme Court Cases, 37 VBA JOURNAL No. 3, at 10 (Fall 2010), available at http://www.lextrajectus.com/html/unit_1.html

The Architecture of Judicial Power: Appellate Review & Stare Decisis, 53 VIRGINIA LAWYER, No. 3 (Oct. 2004), available at http://www.vsb.org/publications/valawyer/ oct04/index.html; see also 45 THE JUDGES’ JOURNAL 2, at 6-13 (ABA 2006), available at http://euro.ecom.cmu.edu/program/law/08-732/Courts/architectjudicialpwr.pdf

The Laws of Physics and the Physics of Laws, 25 Regent U. L. Rev. 89 (2012), available at http://www.lextrajectus.com/dak%20articles/physics_of_law__final_.pdf

Law & Politics: The Imperative of Judicial Self-Restraint, 28 VBA JOURNAL No. 6, at 6-9 (Sept. 2002), available at

Procedural Defaults: Balancing Systemic & Individual Justice, 1 VTLA APPELLATE JOURNAL 1- 22 (2012), available at http://www.vtla.us/2012/Appellate/Issue1/KELSEY-Procedural.pdf

The Thing Decided: Rule 1:6’s Rediscovery of Res Judicata in Virginia, 34 VBA JOURNAL No. 2, at 18-21, 26 (June/July 2008), available at http://vba.affiniscape.com/associations/11069/files/vnj0708.pdf

Virginia’s Answer To Daubert’s Question Behind The Question, 90 JUDICATURE No. 2, 68-71 (2006), at http://www.ajs.org/ajs/publications/Judicature_PDFs/902/Kesley_902.pdf

Procedural Defaults In Virginia Trial Courts: The Adversarial Model & The Imperative of Neutrality, 55 VIRGINIA LAWYER 3, at 38 (Oct. 2006), available at http://www.vsb.org/site/publications/valawyer/virginia-lawyer-magazine-october-2006

Social Compact as Law: The Workers’ Compensation Act and the Wicked Sisters of the Common Law, 31 VBA JOURNAL No. 5, at 13-21 (Oct./Nov. 2005), available at http://vba.affiniscape.com/associations/11069/files/octnov05.pdf

Law & Equity in Virginia, 28 VBA JOURNAL No. 8, at 6-10 (Dec. 2002), available at

In Rem Liens & Ship Repair Contracts, SHIPPING FINANCE ANNUAL 177-79 (Euromoney PLC 1996)  Robert M. Hughes III & D. Arthur Kelsey, Toxic & Environmental Torts Within Admiralty, 62 TUL. L. REV. 405 (1988), available at http://heinonline.org/HOL/ LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/tulr62&div=20&id=&page=

D. Arthur Kelsey & John E. Holloway, Mistaken LHWCA Compensation Payments: Subrogation Lien Or Third Party Credit?, 30 J. MAR. L. & COM. 19 (1999), available at http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals /wrkco22&div=12&id=&page=

Wendy Cohen & D. Arthur Kelsey, The Virginia Lawyer (Lexis L. Pub.), Chp. 3 (1998)

Contributing Author, ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Antitrust Law Developments (4th ed. 1997 & Supp. 1998)

Associate Editor, American Maritime Cases (Mar. L. Ass’n) (1999-2000)

Meet Our Faculty

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., J.D.

United States Supreme Court

Senior Lecturing Fellow

John D. Ashcroft, J.D.

Distinguished Professor
Law & Government

Jeffrey A. Brauch, J.D.

Executive Director, Center for Global Justice


757.352.4040 jbrauch@regent.edu
Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

Reed Larson Professor of Labor Law

757.352.4522 bcameron@regent.edu
Judge Bernice B. Donald, J.D., LL.M.

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan, J.D., LL.M.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Justice Robert H. Edmunds Jr., J.D., LL.M. (Ret.)

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Natt Gantt II, J.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4734 nattgan@regent.edu
Michael V. Hernandez, J.D.


Director, LL.M. Programs

Faculty Advisor, Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board

757.352.4040 michher@regent.edu
Judge Robert J. Humphreys, J.D.

Court of Appeals of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Harry G. Hutchison, J.D., PGCE

Distinguished Professor

Justice Barbara A. Jackson (Ret.), J.D., LL.M.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Bradley P. Jacob, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Director, M.A. in Law Program

757.352.4523 bradjac@regent.edu
Janis L. Kirkland, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Director, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing

757.352.4334 janikir@regent.edu
Lynne Marie Kohm, J.D.

Professor; John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law

757.352.4335 lynnkoh@regent.edu
Audrey J. Lynn, J.D.

Head of Electronic Services & Digital Initiatives, Law Library

Adjunct Professor

757.352.4463 audrlyn@regent.edu
Benjamin V. Madison III, J.D.

Director, Bar Passage Initiatives

Co-Director, Center for Ethical Formation & Legal Education Reform


757.352.4586 benjmad@regent.edu
William E. Magee, J.D., MSLS

Assistant Director for Public Services, Law Library

Justice Stephen R. McCullough

Supreme Court of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Kathleen A. McKee, LL.M.

Associate Professor

Director of Experiential Learning

757.352.4639 kathmck@regent.edu
Judge Henry Coke Morgan Jr., J.D., LL.M.

United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Jay Sekulow, J.D., Ph.D.

Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice

Distinguished Professor of Law

Randy Singer, J.D.


Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum

757.352.4554 rsinger@regent.edu
Ray Starling, J.D.

General Counsel to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

President of the NC Chamber Legal Institute

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Judge Ken Starr, J.D. (Ret.)

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Craig A. Stern, J.D.

Director, Honors Program


757.352.4080 craiste@regent.edu
Judge William B. Traxler Jr., J.D.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Senior Lecturing Fellow

Kimberly R. Van Essendelft, J.D.

Principal Lecturer

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

757.352.4689 kimbvan@regent.edu
S. Ernie Walton, J.D.

Assistant Dean of Admissions


Director for the Center for Global Justice

757.352.4315 stevwa1@regent.edu
Gloria Whittico, J.D.

Director, Academic Success Program

Associate Professor

757.352.4852 gwhittico@regent.edu


Julie Anjo
Robert Ash
Kerriel Bailey
Tracy Banks
George Bruch
Gary Bryant
Justin Bush
George Buxton
Kathryn Byler
James Chapman
Rose Coley
David Dennison
David Dildy
Timothy Drewry
Eric Enlow
Shaheryar Gill
Michael Halvorsen
Kirstin Hark
Geoffrey Hemphill
Laura Hernandez
Hon. Robert Humphreys
Joshua Jenkins
David Johnson
Christopher Kall
Hon. D. Arthur Kelsey
David Lannetti
Hee Eun Lee
Stephen Lentz
Joseph Liberatore
Elizabeth Libertini
David McGinley
James Metcalfe, CAPT
Hon. Henry Morgan
Susan Moritz
Anthony Mulford
Gustav Nelson
Hon. H. Thomas Padrick
Drew Page
Corrynn Peters
Stephen Pfeiffer
Nathaniel Pierce
Wainscott Putney
Carol Rasnic
Mandy Rogers
Fred Ross
Randy Singer
Catherine Six
Tristen Small
Martha Smith
John Stepanovich
Norman Thomas
Farnaz Thompson
Hugo Valverde
David Velloney
Shawn Voyles