The Leslie Devan Smith Jr. Lecture

The Importance of a Legacy—What Will Yours Be?

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In 2011, Justice Cleo Powell became the first African American woman appointed to the Virginia Supreme Court. She began her judicial career in 1993 and has served at every level of the Commonwealth's judicial system, including the Virginia Court of Appeals and the circuit and general district courts in Chesterfield/Colonial Heights. She has received a number of awards and honorific designations, including the Library of Virginia’s Virginia Women in History; Dominion’s Strong Men & Women Excellence in Leadership; a Virginia Women Attorneys Association 2010 Leader in Diversity; Virginia Lawyers Weekly Influential Women of Virginia; Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association Woman of the Year 2009; and the YWCA’s Outstanding Women of the Year.

The lecture took place Tuesday, February 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event was free and open to the public.

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