RICMOND, Virginia — The General Assembly voted yesterday to elect Jane Reynolds as the first Black female judge on the 15th Judicial Circuit. Delegates Candi Mundon-King (HD-2) and Joshua Cole (HD-28) both representing portions of the 15th Judicial Circuit both voted to elect Reynolds. The Circuit includes Stafford County, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania County among other localities.
“It was an honor to support Ms. Reynolds in the House of Delegates today – she is beyond qualified to serve. Her decades of practices and lived experiences as a person of color in the legal system will be an invaluable addition to the courts here in the 15th Judicial Circuit. I have no doubts whatsoever that Judge Reynolds will be a huge champion of fairness and justice,” remarked Cole.
“Diversifying the bench is critical if we are serious about working towards a justice system that is fairer and more equitable for all. I am proud to support Ms. Reynolds in this trailblazing position because her education, career and experiences have more than prepared her to serve at this level. I am confident she will be a great addition to the 15th Circuit,” said Mundon King.
The delegates were joined in their approval of Reynolds by her future colleague, Hon. Marcel Jones. Jones stated “I am honored to have Jane Reynolds join the judicial community of this great 15th judicial circuit that represents 11 counties across Virginia. As the first Black female judge she will cement herself in a position where it is important that our vastly diverse community realizes that their voices are heard and respected and everyone has a seat at the table.”
A Northern Virginia native, Reynolds received her Bachelor of Arts from Norfolk State University, Master of Arts from Marymount University and her Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law. Reynolds is the founder and has been a principal attorney of the Law Offices of J.M. Reynolds, PLLC in Northern Virginia since 2006. She has been in the legal field for more than 20 years and a lawyer for nearly 15 years. She has an exceptionally large multi-jurisdictional practice and has practiced within the 15th Judicial District. Her life experiences and legal service to date have prepared her well to become a judge.
Reynolds was elected by a vote 97-0.
Judge Reynolds will take office on April 16, 2021and serve a six-yearterm. During Reynolds’ years practicing private law, she has litigated a number of cases involving murder, rape, abduction, robbery, divorce and juvenile affairs. More information can be found on her practice’s website.