Black sworn in as newest judge in Shenandoah Co.

Judge Kevin C. Black speaks during his investiture Friday afternoon in Shenandoah County Circuit Court as Judge Dennis L. Hupp looks on. Black will be the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge for Shenandoah County, replacing retiring Judge Wiliam H. Logan, Jr. Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

Judge Kevin C. Black, right, takes the oath of office from Judge Ronald L. Napier, left, during Black's investiture Friday afternoon inside Shenandoah County Circuit Courtroom. At right is Black's wife, Kathy. Rich Cooley/Daily

“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.

Judge Kevin C. Black, center, tries on his new robe during his investiture ceremony Friday afternoon in Shenandoah County Circuit Court during a special session. Black's sons Steven, 27, left, and Tyler, 25, right, look on as well as his law partner Orrin L. French, at right. Black will serve as Juvenile and Domestic Relations judge in Shenandoah County, replacing retired Judge William H. Logan, Jr. Rich Cooley/Daily

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.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com