Rhys Hodge will serve third term as V.I. Supreme Court chief justice
Published: October 19, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - The territory's first-ever chief justice of the Supreme Court will continue in his role for another three years.
Chief Justice Rhys Hodge was re-elected Friday, after Associate Justice Ive Swan and Associate Justice Maria Cabret declined to serve as chief justice.
Swan was unable to attend the meeting, but Hodge was elected by a formal vote between himself and Cabret.
Hodge's second term will end Dec. 18.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of the Virgin Islands in this capacity for yet another term," Hodge said in a press release issued Friday afternoon. "The Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands has made a tremendous amount of progress in the last seven years, and I was pleased to be an instrumental part of that progress."
Hodge, together with Cabret and Swan, was nominated by former Gov. Charles Turnbull as one of the three initial justices of the new Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands in July 2006. The governor designated him to be the first chief justice for a four-year term, according to the Supreme Court's website.
In October 2006, the 26th Legislature unanimously confirmed Hodge as a justice of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands for a 10-year term, alongside Cabret and Swan.
Hodge was born on Anguilla, and he migrated to St. Thomas after graduating high school in 1965.
Hodge attended the College of the Virgin Islands, now known as the University of the Virgin Islands. In 1968, he transferred to Kansas State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1971.
Upon his graduation from Kansas State University, he returned to St. Thomas where he met Jean Dalmida, a native of St. John. They married in 1973 and have raised four children.
Hodge is a 1977 graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, where he excelled in his law studies, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for obtaining the highest grade of his class in constitutional law.
He served a two-year clerkship with the chief judge of the District Court of the Virgin Islands, the late Hon. Almeric Christian.
In 1979, Hodge opened his own law firm, "The Law Offices of Rhys S. Hodge," where he practiced for 21 years.
Hodge has been admitted to practice before the courts of the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a member of the V.I. Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the American Judges Association and the Conference of Chief Justices.
In addition, he is a past president of the Virgin Islands Bar, past chairman of the Ethics and Grievance Committee and past chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Virgin Islands Bar Association.
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