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Lawrence Warren I'Anson, state chief justice. Bar: Virginia 1931. Recipient William and Mary Alumni medallion, University Virginia Sesquicentennial award, 1969, Lincoln Harley award American Judicature Society, 1973, Distinguished Service award Virginia Trial Lawyers, 1973, Commonwealth award James Madison University, 1981; named First Citizen Portsmouth, 1946.


I'Anson, Lawrence Warren was born on April 21, 1907 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Son of James Thornton and Emma (Warren) I'A.


AB, College William and Mary, 1928; Doctor of Laws, College William and Mary, 1964; Bachelor of Laws, University of Virginia, 1931; Doctor of Laws, Dickinson Law School, 1980; Doctor of Laws, Elon College, 1986.


Private practice, Portsmouth, 1931-1941; attorney, Commonwealth of Portsmouth, 1938-1941; judge, Court of Hustings (now Circuit Court), 1941-1958; justice, Supreme Court Virginia, 1958-1981; chief justice, Supreme Court Virginia, 1974-1981; member, Judicial Council, 1948-1970; chairman, Judicial Council, 1974-1980. Chairman of Commission that prepared Handbook for Jurors used in all courts of record in Virginia. Member Council Higher Education of Virginia, 1956-1959.

Chairman Virginia Court System Study Commission, 1968-1971. Sponsor National Conference on Judiciary, 1971. President, chief Executive officer Beazley Foundation, Inc., 1981-1988, Chairman of the Board 1988-1990.

Chairman of the Board Frederick Foundation, 1988-1990. Chairman Conference Chief Justices, 1979-1980. Chairman State-Federal Council.

Member Commision on Future of Virginia, 1984-1985. Board directors Portsmouth Community Trust, from 1984.


  • Bar: Virginia 1931.


The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.


The sense of being connected is how the Church as a whole should be structured. At its heart is an understanding of the Christian community as the 'body of Christ '.


Trustee Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, 1970-1979. Teacher I'Anson Bible Class, 1933-1965. Fellow Virginia State Bar.

Member American Bar Association (committee to implement standards on judicial administration 1975-1978), Virginia Bar Association (chairman judicial section 1949), Sons of the American Revolution (Meritorious Service medal 1987), Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa (president chapter 1981-1982), Pi Kappa Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta. Clubs: Harbor, Norfolk, Jesters, National Sojourners, Mason (past district deputy Virginia), Shriner, Kiwanian (past president Portsmouth), Moose.


Married May Frances Tuttle, August 5, 1933. Children: Lawrence Warren, May Frances (Mistress Peter McCrae Ramsey).

James Thornton I'A.

Emma (Warren) I'A.

May Frances Tuttle

May Frances I'Anson (Mistress Peter McCrae Ramsey)

Lawrence Warren I'Anson