Sheila C. Haughey

Sheila C. Haughey

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Practice Areas

Family Law; Divorce; Child Custody; Child Support;  Traffic Violations; Juvenile Law; Criminal Law; Guardian ad litem


Sheila Haughey was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, and she grew up in Toronto, Chicago and New Jersey.  She graduated from what was then Paterson State College (now William Paterson University) in Wayne, New Jersey, in 1976 with a B.A. in psychology, magna cum laude.  She then went to the University of Michigan School of Law, from which she received a J.D. cum laude in 1979.  She and Lloyd Snook were married, and she came to Charlottesville to practice law.  She worked briefly for the Legal Research Group, and served as Assistant, and then Deputy, City Attorney for the City of Charlottesville from 1981 to 1989.  During that time she represented the Charlottesville Department of Social Services, and when she went into private practice she continued that interest in using the law to assist families in crisis.

She joined Lloyd in practice in 1989, forming the firm of Snook & Haughey, P.C.  She was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Law from 1989 to 2001, supervising students in the Family Law Clinic.  She helped to found the Charlottesville Area Women’s Bar Association, and was its first President.  She has also served as President of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association and of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Criminal Bar Association.

She is also active in community affairs.  She served on the Board of Directors of Family Service, Inc., from 1983 to 1989, and on the Board of Directors of Offender Aid and Restoration, Inc. (OAR).  She and Lloyd have three grown children.  While the children were growing up, she served as Co-President of the Greenbrier Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, as a Girl Scout leader, and as a devoted soccer/lacrosse/field hockey/softball/baseball mom and Charlottesville High School Band parent.   She is now the President of the Board of the Episcopal Church’s Region XV Schoolhouse Thrift Shop.

She is a mentor to young lawyers, both in the firm and in the Charlottesville Bar as a whole.

Admitted: 1979, Virginia; 1982, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia; 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.
Member: Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association (President, 1999-2000); Charlottesville Albemarle Criminal Bar Association (President, 2002-2003); Virginia State Bar; Virginia Women Attorneys Association; Charlottesville Area Women's Bar Association (Founding President).
Biography: Student Instructor, Legal Writing and Advocacy, University of Michigan Law School, 1977-1978. Lecturer, Family Law Clinic, University of Virginia School of Law, 1989-2001. Assistant City Attorney, 1981-1987 and Deputy City Attorney, 1987-1989, Charlottesville, Virginia. Member, Wayne Township, New Jersey, Environmental Commission, 1975-1976. Member, Board of Directors, Family Service, Inc., Charlottesville, Va., 1983-1989.
Born: Battle Creek, Michigan, June 23, 1952