|Spouse(s) Alvin Larnell Dilworth|
Appointed by Tim Kaine
Name Cleo Powell
|Education University of Virginia|
Succeeded by Glen A. Huff
|Full Name Cleo Elaine Powell|
Born January 12, 1957 (age 58) Brunswick, Virginia, U.S. (1957-01-12)
Alma mater University of Virginia (B.A., J.D.)
Preceded by Leroy R. Hassell, Sr.
Preceded by LeRoy F. Millette, Jr.
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Cleo Elaine Powell (born January 12, 1957) is a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. She was sworn in on October 21, 2011 for a term ending in July 31, 2023. Justice Powell is the first African American female to serve on Virginia's highest Court and the fifth woman to serve on the Court.
Born in Brunswick County, Virginia, she received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1979 and received her juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982. Powell served at every level of Virginia's judicial system as a judge, working as a General District Court Judge in Chesterfield, Virginia and Colonial Heights, Virginia from 1993 until 2000, a Circuit Court Judge in the same jurisdictions from 2000 until 2008, and on the Court of Appeals of Virginia from 2008 until 2011. In 2013 Powell was honored as one of the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Women in History".