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Richmond J&DR judge to leave bench in September

Kimberly B. O’Donnell, a judge of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since November 1994, has announced her resignation, effective Sept. 9.

Before taking the bench, O’Donnell worked in Richmond as an assistant public defender and as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney. She was admitted to the bar in 1985 after graduating from Mary Baldwin College and the University of Richmond law school. She also holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University.

She has served on several judicial committees and working groups and taught new judges in the court system’s pre-bench orientation programs. She served from 2003-06 on the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.

O’Donnell said she plans to return to her childhood home in Floyd County.

One comment

  1. What a great judge!! I was surprised to hear she is resigning but I wish the best for her. If she should happen to see this post, I hope that she knows how much of an inspiration she has been to other attorneys who have practiced with her, opposite her, and before her. Thank you for leading us so well.

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