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Hon. Jacqueline Talevi ‘83L Named to Inaugural List of Influential Women of Law

talevi-258x350 Hon. Jacqueline Talevi ‘83L Named to Inaugural List of Influential Women of LawHon. Jacqueline Talevi ‘83L

Virginia Lawyers Media, the publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, has announced the inaugural class of “Influential Women of Law.” The Hon. Jacqueline Talevi ‘83L, chief judge of the Roanoke County General District Court, has been named to the list.

This new awards program honors women attorneys and judges for their work on behalf of clients, their commitment to their communities and their service to the profession. Judge Talevi was honored for her creation of a therapeutic docket to address the needs of defendants with mental health issues and other similar programs.

“In my view criminal defense lawyers need additional sentencing options which recognize and address substance abuse and mental health issues presented by their clients in lieu of the client serving protracted jail sentences,” Judge Talevi told Virginia Lawyers Weekly. “I am a strong proponent for the implementation of behavioral health dockets, drug court dockets and veteran’s dockets, which recognize and treat issues specific to that population.”

Judge Talevi was also recognized for her service on the Judicial Performance Advisory Committee established by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

The full list of honorees is available online.