Black sworn in as newest judge in Shenandoah Co.
WOODSTOCK — It took some persuasion before long-time Woodstock attorney Kevin C. Black agreed to the ceremony Friday marking his swearing-in as the newest judge in Shenandoah County.
Several speakers who paid tribute to Black cited humility as one of his many virtues, but also an inhibiting factor in drawing attention to himself.
“I am extremely happy and excited to have Kevin Black join the bench,” Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp said. “What a wonderful choice.”
Black will be replacing William H. Logan as judge in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Logan, whose retirement became official with Black’s investiture, joined Hupp and several other judges from the state’s 26th Judicial District at Friday’s ceremony in the Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Hupp, who presided at the ceremony, said Black had to be persuaded to go ahead with the ceremony.
“He did not want a big to do,” Hupp said. “He did not want to be fussed over. He just wanted to go to work.”
After being sworn in, Black told the audience that “nothing I’ve done as an attorney has been done because of my brilliance,” adding that collaborating with other members of the court system was the key to his success.
“It’s going to be a learning curve,” Black said of taking over as a judge.
Black was one of four new judges approved for the 26th district by the General Assembly in February. The district includes Harrisonburg and Winchester and the counties of Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren and Clarke. The other three judges replace retired judges in Frederick County.
Black, who graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1984, has been in private practice with attorney Orrin L. French. He has also been working as counsel to the Shenandoah County Department of Social Services since 2005 and dealt with legal issues in the areas of mental health commitments and children.
William Allen III, who was one of several county bar association members who pushed to have Black chosen as a judge, told the audience that Black had left a strong impression during his years of work in private practice.
“He was always professional, ethical, conscientious and dedicated to his client’s best interest,” Allen said.
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