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Virginia Supreme Court swears in first African-American woman justice

Virginia Lawyers Weekly reports:

Justice Cleo Elaine Powell was invested earlier today as the 102nd justice and the first African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Powell, who first took the bench in the general district court of Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights 18 years ago, also joins the elite group of justices who have served at every level of Virginia’s state court system.