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Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser

AE Curator Jul 16
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Cynthia Dinah Fannon Kinser is the first woman to be named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, she entered private practice, and later served as the commonwealth’s attorney for Lee County and as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Western District. In 1997 Governor George Allen appointed her to the Virginia Supreme Court. The General Assembly elected her to full 12-year terms in 1998 and 2010. The following year she became Chief Justice. Kinser retired from the bench at the end of 2014 and returned to private practice.

Location: Richmond
Image: Library of Virginia

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