Choice of J&D judge was a wise one

Published 10:56 am Wednesday, March 1, 2017

When it comes to serving as a judge for a juvenile and domestic relations court, being an attorney really isn’t enough. That’s a unique position that requires more than a strong knowledge of established rules and laws that pertain to children and families.

The woman or man who presides in that court should bring a greater sense of discernment and empathy, preferably through their own experience as a parent or guardian. Those qualities, combined with compassion, are especially needed where youngsters are concerned.

Retired Judge Alfred Talton-Harris readily demonstrated those traits during her many years in the J&D court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, and we believe that Stan Clark will do the same.

That’s why we’re pleased that he was unanimously supported by the House and Senate of the Virginia Assembly to become the next J&D judge. In addition to having children of his own, the former Isle of Wight supervisor has been active in leading a church youth program for many years. Further, the attorney has served for about a decade as a guardian ad litem — a person one who looks out for the best interests of children.

As if all that weren’t enough, Clark was reportedly instrumental in establishing within the county Voices for Kids CASA, an organization that serves as a judge’s proverbial eyes and ears in cases where youngsters are concerned.

We’re confident that the families who come before Clark will be well served.