Prince William County Bar Welcomes New Judges

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Provided by Prince William County Bar Association, Inc.

The Prince William County Bar Association is truly honored to have six members of the local bar association receive judicial appointments between June 2020 and July 2021. Due to public health and safety guidelines in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bar was not able to host traditional investiture ceremonies for these newest judges.  The PWCBA is pleased to introduce these judges to the community they serve

Judge Flores Laboy

Judge Flores Laboy

Carlos Flores Laboy was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up in different states and in Germany. He received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Upon graduating from Virginia Tech, he taught in Prince William County Schools before attending law school at The George Washington University Law School. His law practice included practicing in the Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court as court appointed counsel, a guardian-ad-litem, private counsel, and a substitute judge. He was commissioned as a Judge of the Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court effective June 1, 2020. He resides mid-county with his wife, Sarah Flores, and their children.

Judge Lucas

Judge Lucas

Jacqueline Lucas was appointed to the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court of the 31st Judicial District (Cities of Manassas, Manassas Park & Prince William County) on July 1, 2020. Judge Lucas grew up in Prince William County and graduated from Unity Reed High School in 1995. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1999 and her Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2002.

At the beginning of her law career, Judge Lucas worked as a legal aid attorney with Rappahannock Legal Services.  She represented low- income clients in matters such as custody, visitation, landlord/tenant, and social security administrative hearings. Prior to her appointment to J&DR, Judge Lucas was a Senior Assistant County Attorney at Prince William County Attorney’s Office. She represented the County on matters on all levels of the Prince William County courthouse, as well as administrative hearings. She handled a variety of assignments to include employment, child dependency, behavioral health, public safety and various other areas of local government administration and policy.

Throughout her career, she has been involved in the community and various legal associations, such as the Local Government Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association and Old Dominion Bar Association.  Judge Lucas has served as a member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Virginia State Bar Client’s Protection Fund Board.  She has also served as President-Elect, Secretary and Board Director of the Prince William County Bar Association.

Judge Rogers

Judge Rogers

The Honorable Ché C. Rogers is a presiding judge in the Thirty-First Judicial District of Virginia in Prince William General District Court. Judge Rogers concentrated his practice in criminal defense as a solo  practitioner prior to his judicial service. He represented defendants with violent and non-violent felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic related misdemeanors at the trial court and appellate levels.

He was awarded the General District Court Trial Attorney of the Year in 2017 by the Prince William County Bar Association.  His proudest work is being a member of the indigent-defense bar in the Prince William General District and Circuit Courts. In those courts, he has defended individuals charged with serious offenses like murder, rape, robbery, aggravated malicious wounding and other offenses that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

He served on active duty in the United States Coast Guard as a commissioned officer before law school and obtained the rank of Lieutenant.  He also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College, and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.  In addition to Virginia, he was also licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ché is a native of Baltimore City but has resided in Northern Virginia for almost 20 years. His wife, Tosha, is a veterinarian.  Their children Christopher and Gabrielle both attend Prince William County Public Schools.

Judge Metzler

Judge Metzler

Petula C. Metzler serves as a judge on the Prince William County Circuit Court. Prior to that, she served as a judge on the Prince William County General District Court for almost five years. Before becoming a judge, Metzler was a civil litigation, land use & zoning, and eminent domain attorney, one of very few women practicing in that field. She also served as a guardian-ad-litem for children.

Metzler was president of the Prince William County Bar Association. She also served on the distinguished faculty of the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course. Metzler was honored by George Mason University as a “50th Anniversary Exemplar” and recognized by GMU as one of its fifty outstanding alumni. Members of the class included leaders in law, medicine, technology, politics, economics and the arts.  She delivered the commencement address at George Mason University in December 2017.

Metzler received her law degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law and her B.A., in English, with distinction, from George Mason University.  Metzler is a veteran of the U.S. Army, has served as a hospice volunteer, is a former officer in her local Kiwanis Club, and she will talk to you all day about the joy of having been a foster parent.

Judge Reynolds

Judge Reynolds

Jane Reynolds was born and raised in the inner city of Alexandria, Virginia. Her mother was a home daycare provider and her father a bus driver and train operator for Metro.

While in high school she ran track and played basketball and after college, continued her love of sports playing women’s full contact football for the D.C. Divas, earning the title of Most Valuable Player for offense her first year.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Norfolk State University, Master of Arts from Marymount University and her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law.  While in law school, she worked for a fortune 500 company as a law clerk. Upon graduating from law school, Mrs. Reynolds immediately hung out her own shingle and started a small law firm where she practiced both civil and criminal litigation and family law. She also served as Vice Chair of the Prince William County Board of Elections for 6 years.

In April 2021, Mrs. Reynolds became the first African American female Judge for the 15th Judicial District covering Caroline, Essex, Fredericksburg, Hanover, King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond County, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Westmoreland Counties. She sits primarily in Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties.  Mrs. Reynolds is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Mario Reynolds, and they have been together for 33 years.  They have two beautiful intelligent children, Colin, age 16 and Reghan, age 13.

Judge Foster

Judge Foster

Jessica Harbeson Foster was commissioned as a Judge of the General District Court of the 20th Judicial District (for Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties), effective July 1, 2021. Before taking the bench, Judge Foster was a partner at Foster McCollam Wright where she practiced criminal and family law. Judge Foster attended Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. During law school, Judge Foster clerked at the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s office. Upon her admission to the Virginia Bar, Judge Foster was hired as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Frederick County, Virginia to prosecute crimes against women. From there she went into private practice with a Manassas law firm before she opened her own solo practice in 2015.

Throughout her career, Judge Foster was an active part of the Prince William County legal community as a member and director of the Prince William County Bar Association; committee member of the Prince William County Bar Foundation – Beat the Odds Committee; and a member of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association. She was certified to accept juvenile and adult court appointments and to represent children’s interest as a Guardian ad Litem. Judge Foster is a former adjunct faculty member of Northern Virginia Community College where she taught Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure at the Manassas campus. Judge Foster lives in Fauquier County with her husband, two children, and three dogs.

 

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