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Portrait unveiling

Family, lawyers, judges, other colleagues and well-wishers packed the third-floor courtroom at Gloucester Circuit Court Friday afternoon to honor Judge Cressonda B. (“Sandy”) Conyers and to officially unveil her portrait. Judge Conyers served for the past decade as presiding judge for Gloucester, Mathews and Middlesex counties and her portrait will be on display in the JDR courtroom. She stepped down from the bench at the end of July, 2022. The General Assembly is expected to name her replacement soon, according to Clerk Deanna McKinnon. Circuit Court Judge Holly Smith, at left, presided over the retirement/portrait unveiling ceremony. The two had previously been colleagues in the office of the Williamsburg/James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney, where Conyers had served as a mentor to Smith. “You are without question one of the greatest blessings of my life,” Smith told Conyers during the program. Conyers said that she hopes this portrait will serve as an inspiration for the young...

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