Cleo Powell, Va.'s first black female justice to be sworn in

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An official swearing-in ceremony is set for the Virginia Supreme Court's first black female justice.

The investiture of Justice Cleo Powell is set for Friday afternoon at the Supreme Court building in Richmond.

The General Assembly last winter elected the 54-year-old Powell to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Leroy Hassell Senior.

Before joining the Supreme Court, Powell served more than two years on the Virginia Court of Appeals. She previously served as a circuit court and general district court judge for Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights.

Powell specialized in labor and employment law for the Hunton & Williams law firm in Richmond, then worked in the state attorney general's office and for Virginia Power before being elected to the bench.

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