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Magistrate Judge for Western District of VA Announces Retirement

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United States District Court - Western District of Virginia
Press Release

The Hon. B. Waugh Crigler, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia, announces his retirement at the expiration of his current term on September 30, 2013 after serving 32 years on the court.

Judge Crigler received his BA degree in 1970 from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. degree in 1973 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.  While in law school, he was a staff member of the Tennessee Law Review, and was elected into membership of the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert Love Taylor in the Eastern District of Tennessee, after which he returned to his native Culpeper, Virginia to enter the general practice of law in a firm that became Davies, Crigler, Barrell and Will, P.C. 

Judge Crigler's practice focused on state and federal civil and criminal litigation, and he was active in both state-wide and local bar associations, serving as president of the Culpeper Bar Association prior to his appointment to the bench. Judge Crigler was licensed to practice in the courts of Tennessee, Virginia and District of Columbia and was admitted in the United States District Courts for Eastern and Western Virginia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. His admission to the United States Supreme Court was moved by Judge Taylor, representing one of the few times in the Court's history when an active U.S. District Judge appeared before the Supreme Court.

Judge Crigler was appointed United States Magistrate Judge in 1981 and served primarily in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg Divisions of the court with the Hon. James H. Michael, Jr., United States District Judge, for 24 years until Judge Michael's death. He has presided over a wide range of civil and criminal cases. Some of his most memorable civil cases have involved landfill, water supply and trash disposal disputes in both Charlottesville other communities in the Western District, the anti-trust action between the Daily Progress and the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors, and the bitter dispute over customers between the area's two early cable television providers. 

During his tenure, Judge Crigler had the privilege of serving six years as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States Criminal Rules Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Virginia State Bar Litigation Board of Governors and the VSB Professionalism Committee. He has been vice-chair of the Virginia State Bar Board of Governors for the Education of Lawyers, was the founding chair of the Law School Professionalism Committee, and was selected to serve as a member of the Virginia Bar Association Professionalism Commission. For over 25 years, Judge Crigler has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, offering courses in Trial Advocacy and Practical Trial Evidence. He also has been on the faculty of various professionalism and continuing legal education programs throughout the Commonwealth.

Judge Crigler is an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church. For over ten years has participated with his wife, Anne, leading Bible studies in local retirement and nursing facilities and, for eight years, has led a Bible study for men of all ages and from all stations of life in the Charlottesville community. 

Judge Crigler wishes to express his gratitude to the attorneys from the local bars which comprise the divisions in the Western District of Virginia for their ethics, professionalism and expertise. The public in this geographic area should be aware of the high quality of lawyers who practice in the federal court in this part of the Commonwealth. Judge Crigler extends special thanks to the Charlottesville Bar association for how it welcomed him, a Culpeper County lawyer, as one of its own.

One of the wisest men of all time once wrote, "There is a season for every purpose under heaven." The seasons of Judge Crigler's law practice and his tenure on the bench have been most rewarding, but they will yield to the ones ahead for him, his devoted wife, Anne and their family as they seek to serve the community in other ways.

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