Alumna is 10th Circuit’s First Woman Judge

Kimberley Slayton White is sworn in as the first female judge in Virginia’s 10th Judicial Circuit. South Boston News & Record

Kimberley Slayton White ’85 is the first woman to serve as judge in Virginia’s 10th Judicial Circuit. Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed the South Boston, Va., lawyer to the eight-county circuit, which includes Halifax County, where White lives with her family.

“I am pleased to appoint these highly qualified individuals to the Circuit Court,” McDonnell said in a press release naming several judgeships. “Kim has honorably served the people of Halifax County as their commonwealth’s attorney for the last eight years.”

White’s September swearing-in ceremony was a family affair. Her husband, son, and daughter stood with her as her uncle, retired judge and former delegate Frank Slayton, administered the oath. Her sister-in-law, Ellen White, a juvenile and domestic relations court judge in the 24th Judicial Circuit, helped her don the robe of office.

Kimberley White, who will hold the interim judicial circuit post until 30 days after the 2013 Virginia General Assembly session begins, previously served as a partner with the Woods Rogers law firm in Danville, Va., as an assistant and a deputy commonwealth’s attorney for the City of Lynchburg, as a special assistant United States attorney for the Western District of Virginia, and as chair of the Virginia State Bar Committee on Lawyer Discipline. An instructor on trial practice, White earned a degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University.