By Lynn R. Mitchell
The Honorable Stacey Moreau, Pittsylvania County Circuit Court judge, has been tapped as one of the ten members the Virginia Bar Association named as “Influential Women of Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Media, which publishes Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Judge Moreau, 49, is the older sister of Staunton City Councilwoman Andrea Oakes who has been a member of council for seven years and before that served on Staunton’s School Board.
The “Influential Woman of the Year” for 2015 will be announced tonight while the honorees are being celebrated at a dinner and ceremony at Richmond’s Short Pump Hilton. All honorees will be will be highlighted in a special publication distributed at tonight’s event and included in the May 11th Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
In 2012, Judge Moreau was appointed the new Circuit Court Judge for Danville-Pittsylvania County for an eight-year term. She had spent the previous ten years on the Juvenile and Domestic Court bench, the first female judge appointed — and the youngest — for Danville-Pittsylvania County.
Judge Moreau received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon College. Her law degree was earned from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law where she met her husband, Charles Moreau, who also graduated from T.C. Williams. Both went to work in the law firm of Williams, Morrison, Light & Moreau owned by her father, Ronald W. Williams, Esq., also a T.C. Williams School of Law grad who served on Danville’s City Council as a member and mayor from 1970-77, and on the Pittsylvania County School Board from 1984-88.
Stacey left the practice when she received the appointment as judge while her husband continued as a partner at the firm until his death in 2004 at the age of 42 from melanoma cancer.
The Williams family has been active in the Danville community and politics for years. Dad Ron Williams walked an African-American student into school during the unrest of Danville’s school desegregation in 1970 [http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04042002-203119/unrestricted/4.pdf, p. 86]. His wife LuRae, mother of Andrea, Stacey, and their three brothers, was active in politics and also taught art in the local schools before she was tragically killed in an automobile accident in the early 1990s.
Brother Wayne Williams, MD, who graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, served on Danville City Council as member and mayor until he left in 2008 to take a physician position at a hospital in Vidalia, Georgia. Brother Mark Williams also became an attorney in Danville, and brother David Williams is in business management in Asheville, NC.
In 2011, Ebb H. Williams III, of Martinsville, uncle to Andrea and Stacey, and graduate of the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, received a resolution from the Virginia General Assembly for his outstanding work as an attorney in Virginia.
With such a stellar family background, sisters Stacey Moreau and Andrea Oakes are continuing the family tradition of community service. Congratulations to Judge Moreau on her selection as one of Virginia’s most influential women.