Retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas to perform at this year’s Jazz 4 Justice
This year’s Jazz4Justice concert will feature a special performance by retired Supreme Court of Virginia Justice John Charles Thomas. Justice Thomas will join us on stage to perform a poetry recital accompanied by members of the VCU Jazz Ensemble.
In addition to his impressive law career, detailed below, Justice Thomas has been writing poetry since he was 11 years old. He has recited his poetry at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the Norva in Norfolk.
A retired justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Thomas has ruled on thousands of appellate matters addressing the full range of Virginia law including contracts, torts, property, public utilities, trust and estates, and taxation.
Thomas is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 11th and D.C. Circuits. He is an AAA certified Mediator and Arbitrator and serves on the AAA Panel of Commercial Arbitrators as well as on the AAA Panel of International Arbitrators. Since June 2005 he has been a Judge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
A frequent speaker and lecturer across the country and around the world, Thomas has lectured at the Interim University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia on “Enforcing Interim Arbitral Awards Under the New York Convention”; he has delivered the Constitutional Law lecture to the Firsties at the United States Military Academy at West Point; and he has delivered the “First-Day, First Year” lectures at the University of Virginia School of Law and the College of William & Mary School of Law since 1990.