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March 13, 2014

Judge A. Ellen White Receives Family Law Service Award

The Honorable A. Ellen White, judge of the Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section.

The award recognizes people and organizations that have improved family, domestic relations, or juvenile law in Virginia. It is to be presented April 24 at the section’s 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.

Judge White was nominated for the award by Craig M. Burshem, director of the Division of Child Support Enforcement for the Virginia Department of Social Services. “Judge White has consistently given freely of her time, talent and energies to provide valuable services in advancing family law in Virginia, both to the Virginia legal community and directly to the citizens of Virginia. … Her leadership in the implementation, development, and expansion of the (Intensive Case Monitoring Program) has helped improve the quality of life for over 2,000 families in 31 jurisdictions throughout the Commonwealth.”

Judge White is the presiding judge of the Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and has served two terms as Chief Judge of the 24th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a past president of the Virginia Council of Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judges. She has chaired the Law Revision Committee and the Judicial Administration Committee of the Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts.   

Prior to her appointment to the bench in 1994, Judge White was an attorney for eleven years in Lynchburg.  During her practice, she served as defense counsel in several capital murder cases, as president of the Family Law and the Criminal Law Sections of the Lynchburg Bar Association, and as a substitute district court judge for the 24th Judicial District of Virginia.  She has a B.A. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1980 and a J.D. degree from the University of Richmond’s T. C. Williams School of Law in 1983.

Updated: Mar 13, 2014