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Hal James Bonney

Hal James Bonney, American federal judge. Bar: Virginia 1969. Recipient S.A.R. Good Citizenship medal, Woodmen of the World History medal, University Richmond Gold medal, George Washington honor medal Freedoms Foundation, Alli award Cultural Alliance Greater Hampton Rds., 1998; Judge Hal Bonney Day named in honor by City of Norfolk, January 27, 1998.


  • Bonney, Hal James was born on August 27, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Son of Hal J. and Mary (Shackelford) Bonney.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Richmond, 1951. Master of Arts, University Richmond, 1953. Juris Doctor, College William and Mary, 1969.


    • Instructor Norfolk public schools, 1951-1961. Superintendent Douglas MacArthur Academy, 1961-1967. Practiced law, 1969-1971.

      Law clerk United States District Court, 1969. Professor University Virginia, 1964-1971, College William and Mary, 1969-1971. United States bankruptcy judge Norfolk, 1971—1996.

      Retired, 1996

      Adjunct professor law Regent University Law School, 1987—1997. Producer Hal Bonney Productions.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Virginia 1969.


    • Author: Overturning Applecarts, 2002.


    Teacher Wesleymen Bible Class Station WTAR-AM, 1962-1998, teacher emeritus, since 1998. Teacher Good News television Network, since 1989. Treasurer Wesleymen Foundation, Inc., Billy Graham Crusades, 1974-1976.

    President advisory council Christian Broadcasting Network University, 1986-1995. Vice-chairman Virginia Methodist Board Education, Inc., 1991-1999. Board visitors Duke Division School, since 1991.

    1st vice president, board directors Norfolk Union Mission, since 1994. Task force on public housing City of Norfolk, 1995-1996. Advisor Film School, Regent University, 1996-2000, associate producer 2000-2004.

    Commissioner City of Norfolk Parks and Recreation, since 2003, chairman 2003-2007. Vice chair rules committee Virginia United Methodist conference, 1996-2004. Board ordained ministry United Methodist Church, Va.

    Active World Affairs Council. President council Old Dominion University, member planning committee. Member National Conference Bankruptcy Judges (president 1983-1984, chairman editorial board American Bankruptcy Law Journal), Virginia State Bar, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, National Film Society, American Film Institute (Premiere Circle), British Film Institute, United States Naval Institute, American Cinematheque (moving picture ball benefit committee), Drama League (New York City), Women in Film (executive committee), James Kent Inn of Court (honorary, president 1994-1996), Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Delta, Masons, Shriners, Elks, Kiwanis (director).


    • Married Marie McBee, July 4, 1963 (divorced 1979). Children: David James, John Wesley.
    • father: Hal J. Bonney
    • mother: Mary (Shackelford) Bonney
    • spouse: Marie McBee
    • children: David James Bonney
    • John Wesley Bonney
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    Born August 27, 1929