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Portrait of Justice Cynthia D. Kinser unveiled at Supreme Court of Virginia

ROANOKE, Va. (July 12, 2017) – Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, the first woman chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and senior counsel at the Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke, was honored by having her portrait hung at the Supreme Court of Virginia on June 9. Kinser spent 17 years on the Supreme Court of Virginia, with more than three of those years as chief justice. She retired from the bench in 2014. In 2015, she joined Gentry Locke as senior counsel, where she focuses on appeals, criminal matters and government investigations.

Gentry Locke attorney Cynthia Kinser's portrait ceremony at the SCOVA

Photo credit: Marilyn Shaw/The Virginia Bar Association

“An accomplished legal scholar, Justice Cynthia Kinser is a pioneer in her field and one of the most consequential women in Virginia history,” said Gentry Locke Managing Partner Monica Taylor Monday, who spoke at the portrait reception. “She is the only woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the only woman to lead one of the three branches of Virginia’s government. And, she is one of small group of women who have held high office in Virginia. She is an inspiration to women and attorneys in Virginia and nationwide.”

The portrait hangs below that of the late Chief Justice Hassell and close to the justices’ bench. Such portraits are the result of an effort by The Virginia Bar Association, which established a portraits committee in 1928. Altogether, the court’s collection includes 91 portraits of justices.

Before her service on the Supreme Court of Virginia, Kinser worked in private practice in southwest Virginia, served a term as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Lee County, as United States Bankruptcy Trustee and United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia.

Justice Kinser is the recipient of several honors over the course of her career, including The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law; The VBA Gerald L. Baililes Distinguished Service Award; and the Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award.

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