“She was very grateful that we lobbied and spoke out in support for her. She is a great person and will make a fine addition to the city’s judiciary,” said Wright. “Now we must work on getting more Blacks in positions in the city’s court system, especially the Circuit Court, where we have never had a person of color presiding there.” Prior to being named to the Beach judiciary, Bullock had made runs for city council, her last run in 2010. She has also been a member of the Committee of the Second Congressional District which is being held by a Republican. “We need to keep pushing for additional Blacks on the bench in this city’s court system,” said Andrew Jackson, a retired Navy veteran who has run for council several times.
“The only way justice can be applied fairly is by people who can apply it. Mrs. Bullock is familiar with the disparities in the judicial system, and I think she will be an effective and fair jurist.” Jackson and the NAACP are working with a coalition of political groups in the city, including elements of the Tax Alliance and Tea Party to change the system used by the city to elect council. She graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in criminal justice at 21. Her first job was as a corrections officer at a maximum security women prison in North Carolina.
She was accepted into law school at Regents University, which brought her back to Virginia, according to her bio released by Regents Law School. Bullock received her Juris Doctorate in 2000. She worked as a prosecutor in Norfolk and Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Offices. In 2005, Bullock and her twin sister Wanda Cooper established the Bullock and Cooper Law Firm.
While African American leaders at the Beach applaud the appointment of Bullock, they say the city still lags behind other cities in Hampton Roads so far the number of minority judges on the bench. “In my humble opinion, Mrs. Bullock should have been directly appointed to the Circuit Court bench in Virginia Beach,” said George Minns, President of the Seatack Civic League. “This would have been real progressive growth for African Americans in Virginia Beach where there has never been an African American appointed to judgeship in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court.”
Minns said that “real economic progress comes from the bench of the circuit court. But our circuit court is still “white only.” “Virginia Beach is over 50-years-old, but not one African American has been appointed to judgeship in the Circuit Court in Virginia Beach,” Minns said. “If it is not race based, then what is it?
“We had two African American female judges; now we still have only two. Nothing has changed, except the name of one of the judges.”