Jill Kinser Lawson

Jill was born in Bluefield, WV on September 12, 1980.
Thankfully, she grew up in Southwestern Virginia in Tazewell County.
She graduated as the co-valedictorian of the Class of 1998 from Tazewell High School.

Upon graduation she attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). While at Virginia Tech, Jill was involved in many different activities. She was a member of the inaugural Residential Leadership Program after receiving the Robert B. Pamplin Scholarship. After spending a year as a student in the program, Jill then became a Teaching Assistant for the Residential Leadership Program her second year.

She was also actively involved in the Honors Program at Virginia Tech, and upon graduation received her two Bachelor of Arts degrees as a Commonwealth Scholar. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa after her second year at Tech. She was also a Hokie Ambassador (tour guide). After three years at Virginia Tech, Jill received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Virginia Tech in 2001--one in Communication and one in History, both Summa Cum Laude.

Upon Graduation form Virginia Tech, Jill received the John Marshall Scholarship from the University of Richmond School of Law. She was on the Law Review serving as an Articles Editor her third year. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Richmond in 2004.

After graduation, Jill was admitted to the Virginia Bar and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and Eastern District of Virginia (Federal) in 2004. She worked two years as a general practitioner in a small firm in Fredericksburg, Virginia focusing mainly on Family Law.

Finally, in 2007, Jill moved "home" to Southwestern Virginia and began working for the Smyth County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in January of 2007. She has been a member of the Smyth County Bar since then and is currently serving as the
Treasurer (2008-Present).

Jill is Married to Shane Lawson and lives in Abingdon, Virginia. Her hobbies include photography, scrapbooking, and spending time with her Family.


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