In Memory of Judge R. Terrence Ney

Judge R. Terrence Ney, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, passed away at the age of 70 on November 24, 2014.

Judge Ney was appointed to the Fairfax County Circuit Court in 1999. Before joining the bench, Judge Ney was a partner at McGuireWoods, where he specialized in appellate litigation. Since 2001, Judge Ney taught appellate practice at the School of Law.

“A generation of Mason law students will remember Judge Ney with affection and gratitude for his wonderful, demanding class in appellate practice,” Dean Daniel Polsby said. “He was one of the finest lawyers and fairest judges of his generation. We will miss him.”

Judge Ney received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from University of Texas. He held leadership positions in many state and national bar organizations, including serving as president of the Virginia Bar Association and a delegate in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. Judge Ney was also the editor of a treatise on appellate practice in Virginia and federal courts.

Mark Quist, ’13, a former student who also interned for Judge Ney at the Circuit Court, remembered him as “a fantastic teacher, mentor, and model of legal professionalism. More than that, he was a thoughtful, kind, and singularly compassionate man.”