Rhonda Kinard, an Alabama native, has practiced law for several years in Alabama and Virginia courts. In 1999, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After college, Ms. Kinard earned a Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law, graduating amid the top of her class. She also graduated from Regent University School of Business, earning a Masters in Business Administration, cum laude. While at Regent Law, Ms. Kinard interned at the United Stated District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, for the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson. Additionally, Ms. Kinard completed an externship at the Supreme Court of Alabama for the Honorable Tom Parker.
After law school, Ms. Kinard began her legal career by accepting an offer to serve in one of the seven legal clerkships at the Supreme Court of Virginia. From 2009 - 2011, she served as a judicial law clerk to the late Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Honorable Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Charles Russell, Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
From 2011 - 2014, Ms. Kinard served as a prosecutor for the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney's Office, where she gained extensive litigation experience in both bench and jury trials. She has litigated thousands of criminal cases, including criminal and traffic misdemeanors, firearm offenses, drug offenses, white collar/property offenses, burglary, arson and violent felonies such as armed robbery, aggravated assaults, sexual offenses and homicide. Ms. Kinard's years as a prosecutor has shown her the devastating impact crime has on not only the victims, but also on the defendant, as well as family members.
Ms. Kinard is an Adjunct Professor at Regent University School of Law, where she teaches criminal law and criminal procedure classes. Ms. Kinard also teaches Business Law courses at ITT Technical Institute. Previously, Ms. Kinard served as an Adjunct Professor at ECPI University, where she taught criminal justice and business classes. Ms. Kinard is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Virginia, and California. She is also licensed to practice in all U.S. District Courts in the State of Alabama, which include the Southern District, Middle District, and Northern District of Alabama.