FALLSTON, N.C. - North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory has appointed former Keyser resident Jeannette (Brooks) Reeves of Fallston, N.C., to fill the seat of District Court Judge Anna F. Foster, who moved to the state of Florida in August 2013.
Reeves received the call from the governor's office on Nov. 14. Reeves, a 1995 graduate of Keyser High School, graduated summa cum laude in 1999 from West Virginia University. She entered law school at WVU that same year. During her years in law school, she clerked for the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, where she went to work in 2002 following her graduation.
In December 2003, she moved to Shelby, N.C., where her husband, J. Lamont Reeves was attending graduate school at Gardner-Webb University. Reeves practiced for approximately 10 years with the law firm of Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, PLLC. Her practice areas included family law, social security disability, contract disputes, competency matters, juvenile matters, employment disputes, appeals, as well as others.
In the past, Reeves served as the president of the Cleveland County and 27B bar associations. She served on various boards of directors, including the YMCA, the Abuse Prevention Council and Communities in Schools.
She received the Distinguished Service Award from Legal Aid of North Carolina three separate times for providing in excess of 50 pro bono hours to clients in a single calendar year. Reeves resides in Fallston with her husband J. Lamont and children Malachi (9) and Kiersten (6).
She is the daughter of Marlene Brooks, Shelby, N.C., and James Ricardo and Vanessa Brooks, Keyser. She is also the granddaughter of Clifton E. Brooks Sr., Keyser. Reeves began holding court on Dec. 9, 2013. She presides over cases involving domestic violence, criminal law, small claims appeals, civil issues including jury matters with an amount in controversy up to $25,000, family law, abuse/neglect, juvenile law, child support, as well as other things. Reeves plans to run for re-election after she serves out Foster's unexpired term, which ends in 2016.