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J. Randolph "Randy" Nelson (At-large)
John Randolph "Randy" Nelson grew up in Lynchburg and has been practicing law here since 1976. He is a member and held leadership roles in the Lynchburg and Virginia State Bar Associations. In 2005, he was recognized by the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia State Bar for "extraordinary public service" to the Virginia Supreme Court and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Randy graduated from E.C. Glass High School, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. While a law student, he served as a police officer in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as part of the city's Law Student - Police Program.
For 28 years he was a Special Justice in the 24th Judicial Circuit and has been intensely involved in many civic organizations including: Lynchburg Lifesaving Crew, Lynchburg Historical Foundation, Virginia Legal Aid Society, Interfaith Outreach, Lynchburg Community Loan Fund, Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship, Camp Kum-Ba-Yah and The Joseph Nichols Tavern.
After 4 years as a college varsity soccer letterman and team MVP, Randy promoted soccer in the Richmond and Lynchburg areas. He co-founded and worked to develop the foremost youth soccer club in Central Virginia. He was head coach of the men's varsity soccer team at the University of Richmond, coached E. C. Glass High School to its first Western District soccer title, and coached dozens of travel teams from the Hill City United and Lynchburg United Soccer Clubs.
Randy received the following honors for his professional and community activities:
- "2008 Mayor's Award of Excellence" from the City of Lynchburg for exemplary service to the citizens of Central Virginia,
- "2004 Pro Bono Award" from the Virginia Legal Aid Society and Lynchburg Bar Association for exemplary efforts to expand legal services to the poor,
- "Certificate of Appreciation" from the Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for his work as a court appointed guardian ad litem.
Randy is married to Karen, a City Elementary School Principal, and has four grown children: Shannon, Ashley, John, Jr. (Jake) and Kimberley.