Ann Hunter Simpson
Juridical Solutions, PLC
Ingleside Farm P.O. Box 34
Hartwood, Va. 22471
J. D. Degree from the T. C. Williams School of Law in 1975
Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?
The Honorable John A. Jamison, Judge (now deceased) encouraged me to consider law as a career choice and gave me the confidence to apply to law school. His mentoring continued through my 19 years of practice until I became a judge.
What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?
In 1996 and 1997, when serving as a Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge in the 15th Judicial Circuit, I had the opportunity to work with The Honorable John Scott, now deceased, to establish what I understand was the first Combined Adult and Juvenile Drug Court Program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was essential to me that the young people in the communities that I served as a judge have the chance to address their drug and alcohol problems through such a program as it was agreed then, and still appears to be agreed now, that most addictions do not suddenly surface once a child turns 18 and becomes an adult. The program is still in operation today.
What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?
Set goals without concern as to whether they are too high or unattainable as often the benefits and contributions you will make occur during the journey of accomplishing your goals. Be patient and diligent and know that what you desire and strive towards will come to you – and it will indeed.
How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?
The profession of law is truly “a jealous mistress”, so, I confess, striking a balance between my professional life and my personal life has always been, and still is, a struggle. I prefer to consider it to be “a work still in progress”!
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
A psychiatrist, but then the opportunity to go to law school came along……………..and …well….here I am.
What is your favorite book or movie and why?
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a movie I will never tire of watching. There is so much to learn from it. I consider it to be one of the most inspirational films ever produced.
What are two things about you that not many people know?
Meditation is a very important aspect of my life and my greatest sense of joy seams to come from the simple side of life. Such as when I was strolling about my farm one day and I actually walked into a rainbow and could see these beautiful pastel colors on my hands and arms. I remain awe-struck to this day and am still so very grateful for that quiet moment.
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