Spencer tapped as judge

Published 9:36 am Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Cal Spencer

Cal Spencer, a Lunenburg-based attorney, was recently appointed as General District Court judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit.

Spencer said Friday the 10th Judicial Circuit covers the counties of Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Halifax, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg. The two additional new General District Court judges in the Circuit are Darrel Puckett, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Appomattox County, and Jody Holyst Fariss, an attorney in Farmville.

Spencer said he will begin his position as judge April 16. He said he was elected by the Virginia General Assembly Feb. 14. Puckett and Fariss were also elected Feb. 14.

The three vacancies, Spencer said, were created by the retirement of Judges Robert Woodson and Charles Warren, and the elevation of Judge William Watson to the Circuit Court bench. Watson will be succeeding Judge Leslie Osborn’s position, Spencer said.

Osborn, of Lunenburg, retired from the bench as Chief Judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit at the end of December.

“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to serve the judicial system,” Spencer said about the appointment. “I enjoy being in the courtroom. I very much enjoyed my practice in Southside Virginia for the past 19 years, but I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”

Spencer is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Hampden-Sydney College. He has served as attorney with Harris, Matthews & Crowder’s Kenbridge office since 2000. Before his post at Harris, Matthews & Crowder, Spencer served as an associate with McGuire, Woods’ Charlottesville office and as a federal law clerk for The Hon. Henry C. Morgan, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia (Norfolk Division).