Governor Northam signed Executive Order #32 on June 4, 2019 to establish the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law. The Commission’s establishment was partially inspired by legislation sponsored by Senator Lionell Spruill (SB1079) and Delegate Marcia Price (HB2473), related to minimum wage exemptions for jobs traditionally held by minorities. At that time, the Commission was charged with identifying racially discriminatory language on Virginia’s books.

Press Release: Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law

Commission Members

Cynthia Hudson, Chair
Counsel, Sands Anderson
Former Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia

Andrew “Andy” Block, Vice Chair
Professor of Law, University of Virginia
Former Director, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

Henry “Hank” Chambers
Professor of Law, University of Richmond

Jill Hanken
Health Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center  

Hon. Michael “Mike” Herring
Partner, McGuire Woods
Former Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Richmond

Carla Jackson
Assistant Commissioner for Legal Affairs, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Hon. Birdie Jamison
Retired Judge, Richmond General District Court

Hon. Jerrauld Jones
Chief Judge, Norfolk Circuit Court

Leslie Chambers Mehta
Chief of Staff and Counsel to the CEO, Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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