Arenda L. Wright-Allen, Class of 1985, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Wright-Allen would become the first African American female judge to serve in that district which includes Northern Virginia, Hampton roads, Richmond and Southside Virginia. Wright would also become the first graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law to serve as a judge in the federal judiciary.
Arenda L. Wright-Allen currently serves as the top federal public defender in Norfolk Virginia. Before joining the Federal Public Defender’s office in 2005, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia from 1991 to 2005, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Virgina from 2001 to 2005. She also served on active duty for the Navy’s JAG Corps from 1985 to 1990 and in the Navy Reserves JAG Corps from 1992 to 2005.