Clifford L. "Clay" Athey Jr.
Clifford L. "Clay" Athey Jr. of Front Royal, a partner in the firm Pond, Athey, Athey & Pond, P.C. in Front Royal, graduated from Warren County High School in 1978. A decade later, he received an associate of arts degree in business administration from Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC).
Athey went on to receive a bachelor's degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990 and a juris doctorate from the Dayton School of Law in 1993. After completing his education, Athey was admitted to practice law in the Virginia Supreme Court, all Circuit Courts and Inferior Courts in Virginia in 1994; the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia in 1994; the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in 1995; and the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1995.
In addition to practicing law, Athey has taken an active role in public service. Since 2002, he has served as a delegate on the Virginia General Assembly. Previously, he served on the Front Royal Town Council and as the mayor of Front Royal. In addition, he is the former chairman of the Warren County Republican Committee and a former member of the board of directors of the Front Royal Little League.
Athey is a member of the Warren County Bar Association and a member of the board of directors of St. Luke's Community Health Clinic. He is involved with the Front Royal Pro Bono Legal Counsel and the Warren County Crimesolvers. He is also a member of the Front Royal United Methodist Church.
Athey's contributions to the community and his field have been recognized through numerous awards. These honors include receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law in 1993; receiving the Distinguished Citizen award from the Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in 1995; being the grand marshal at the Festival of Leaves Parade in 2001 and 2002; being named a distinguished alumnus at LFCC and inducted into the Virginia Community College Hall of Fame, both in 2003; and being named a distinguished legislator for Virginia Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Virginia Independent Baptists Legislator of the Year, both in 2004.
Athey says he continually meets with and encourages current LFCC students through meetings at the College or in his Richmond office at the state Capitol.
"My tenure at LFCC helped fuel my public service ambitions, and through my work in the Legislature, I attempt to propose legislation that gives others the same opportunities afforded to me," Athey said.