by Faye Shealy
Twenty-three years ago Cressondra Conyers stopped by William & Mary Law School for an application. She was an eighth grade English teacher in Williamsburg at the time. She returned for the Black Law Students Association Law Day and quickly knew William & Mary Law School was the place she should be for the next three important years. She received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School in 1992. For the next eleven years she was a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Newport News where she prosecuted all types of cases, specializing in child physical and sexual abuse cases. In 2003, she became the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Williamsburg and the County of James City. In May 2012, Ms. Conyers was appointed Judge of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court in the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Virginia.
Judge Conyers is actively involved in teaching various aspects of law and does so as an Adjunct Professor here at the Law School. She serves on the faculty of the National District Attorney’s Association National Advocacy Center. She is a frequent lecturer for the Department of Criminal Justice Services and serves as an instructor for Child First. She also gives interviewing skills training to prosecutors, social workers, and law enforcement officers across the state. In May of 2010, Judge Conyers was honored as one of Virginia Lawyers Media “Influential Women of Virginia,” which recognized women who have made notable contributions to their chosen professions. She is active in her community and has served on a number of boards including the Historic Triangle Substance Abuse Coalition and the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation.
Judge Conyers retuned to the Law School on Saturday, November 10, as the Keynote Speaker for the BLSA 25th Annual Law Day as she has done previously. She keeps on coming and keeps inspiring the next generation of law students.