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Deadra L. Jefferson is Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in Charleston. She began her career as law clerk to the Honorable Richard E. Fields. She then joined the law firm of McFarland and Jenkins, until elected by the SC General Assembly in 1996 to serve as Resident Family Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Jefferson serves on the Board of Trustees of Converse College, the Board of the Life Center Cathedral of Charleston, and the Advisory Board of the Charleston School of Law. She is a member of the Charleston Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Church Director of Young Women of Christian Excellence. Jefferson received her BA in politics and English from Converse College, and her JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.