About Jay


James A. "Jay" Leftwich, Jr. has been rooted in Chesapeake for a lifetime. After graduating from Chesapeake Public Schools, Jay furthered his education at James Madison University then obtained his J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Jay returned to Chesapeake to launch his career and is a Partner at Basnight, Kinser, Telfeyan, Leftwich & Nuckolls, P.C., where he has been for 25 years. Jay successfully won election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013 to represent the 78th District, which is located in Chesapeake. He currently serves on Courts of Justice, Education and Science & Technology Committees in the House.


Jay formerly served as the Chairman of the Chesapeake School Board for three consecutive terms, and has a keen eye on Education issues. Jay and his wife, Renee, have been married for 20 years and have five children: Logan, Austin, Faith, Hope & Trey. 


Jay's Community Commitment

Jay is a firm believer in community service. His record of community involvement reflects his deep commitment to Chesapeake and its citizens. 

Chesapeake Public Schools, Chairman, 2012 - 2013

Chesapeake Public Schools, Vice Chairman, 2010 - 2012

Chesapeake Public Schools, Board Member, 2002 - 2013

            Chesapeake Public Schools, School Board Appointments

  •    Legal Services Committee
  •    Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation
  •    Access College Foundation
  •    Governor’s School for the Arts
  •    Southeastern Cooperative Association
  •    Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs, “SECEP”

Member and Elder, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church

Member, Small Group Bible Study, Founding Member of Current Small Group

  Active Participant in Support of:

  •             NEST
  •             Young Life
  •             Youth Ministry
  •             Stop Hunger Now
  •             Pro Bono Legal Services

Board of Directors, Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services, Inc.

Parent Teacher Association 

Recipient, Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Award

Coach, High School Model Judiciary Program

Coach, Chesapeake Recreational Department

Great Bridge Jaycees (1988 until aged out) President 1991

  •             Founded Walkathon for Chesapeake Care, Inc., Free Medical Clinic
  •             Chesapeake First Citizen’s Award Committee Chairman, Multiple Years
  •             Chesapeake Christmas Parade Committee Member, 10+ Years
  •             Oyster Roast Committee Chairman, Multiple Years 

Ruritans - President 2000, Vice President 1999, Secretary 1998, Treasurer 1997 

Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, Past Board Member

  •             Long Range Planning Committee
  •             Building Committee
  •             Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  •             Building- Fundraising Committee
  •             Pro Bono Legal Services

American Cancer Society, Virginia Division, Portsmouth/Chesapeake, Past Board Member

Chesapeake Public Schools, Optimizing Technology Action Team, prior to being elected

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Bra-ha-ha Fundraising, Volunteer 


Jay's Professional Highlights


Fellow, Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, At the University of Virginia

Virginia State Bar - 1988 to Present

  •             Section Member, Family Law
  •             Section Member, Environmental Law
  •             Section Member, Health Law

Admitted to Practice in all Virginia Courts, the United States District Court, 4th Circuit and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Cullen Commission, Virginia General Assembly, Courts of Justice Subcommittee

                     Interviews, Evaluates and Makes Recommendations in Regard to Applicants Seeking Appointment to the                              Virginia Court of Appeals


Chesapeake Bar Association - President 1999

  •   The Chesapeake Bar Association has received two Merit Achievement Awards from the Virginia State Bar                   during its existence: both projects were begun and implemented during Jay's Presidency in 1999: (1) High                   School Docent/Mentoring Program and (2) Chesapeake Bar Association Website. The Chesapeake Bar                         Association also started a Charitable Foundation in 1999.


Chesapeake Bar Association High School  Docent/Mentoring Program                      

   The Docent/Mentoring Program of the Chesapeake Bar Association was organized to provide the public high                     schools in the City of Chesapeake with the following services from the Chesapeake Bar Association: provide                     classroom speakers, assist in the organization of law related field trips, pass out “So Your Eighteen” brochures,                 facilitate law related employment/internships for interested students, and  provide scholarships subject to                         availability of funds.  Each Public High School was assigned a liaison who was a member of the Chesapeake Bar               Association and each Public High School provided a contact person.

   The Committee consisted of seven members of the Bar, an attorney for each high school in the city of                              Chesapeake and the Chairman of the Committee.   Thus, if a speaker was needed or a student was interested in an internship or employment, the teacher would contact the attorney assigned to his or her high school and that                attorney would facilitate the request by contacting one or more members of the Chesapeake Bar Association. 

   The Chesapeake Bar Association made a grant request from the Virginia Law Foundation to sponsor a trip for                   Chesapeake high school students to the Virginia Supreme Court and to the United States Supreme Court.  After the         grant request was approved the Virginia Supreme Court field trip was taken in the fall of 2000 and the United States   Supreme Court field trip was taken in the spring of 2001.


“Top 40 Under 40" professionals in the Hampton Roads Area, 2000, Inside Business Magazine

Who’s Who in American Law - Millennium Edition

Lifetime Member National Registry of Who’s Who, 2001 Edition Registry Number 179433

Family Law Organization of Hampton Roads, Past Member

I’Anson Hoffman Inns of Court, Past Member

Past Judicial Circuit Representative to Young Lawyers Conference

Chesapeake Division of Chamber of Commerce, Past Member 

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