LEWISBURG – A new circuit judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit, which covers Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties, will be sworn in on June 17.
The ceremony will be held at the Greenbrier Courthouse in Lewisburg at 2 p.m.
Jennifer P. Dent was elected May 10 to the 11th Judicial Circuit term that begins Jan. 1, 2017. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed her to the seat to serve the remainder of Judge James Rowe’s term, after his retirement earlier this year.
Rowe will swear-in Dent.
Dent is a native of Lewisburg. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1983 and her law degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1986.
Dent has worked for the Central Bank of the South and joined the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama-Eastern Division, where she was a law clerk from 1987 until 1989, and where she was the Deputy Clerk in Charge from 1989 to 1991.
She also was an attorney at Najjar Denaburg Law Firm in Birmingham from 1991 until 1993, when she returned to West Virginia and served as an assistance prosecutor in Summers County from 1994 until 2002 and an assistance prosecutor in Monroe County from 1998 until 2002.
Since 2002 she has been an assistant prosecutor in Greenbrier County and has prosecuted child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency and juvenile status offenses and misdemeanor and felony cases.