Judge Leslie Riddle named National CASA Judge of the Year
Richland County Family Court Judge Leslie K. Riddle was named the National CASA Judge of the Year Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at the Richland County Courthouse. The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association is an association of volunteer professionals, also known as volunteer guardians ad litem, who stand up for and represent children in court who, through no fault of their own, are unable to live safely at home. Richland County CASA, formerly the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Project, was formed in 1983 by the Junior League and governed by a non- profit board of directors.
Riddle was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Her parents are Henry W. and Patricia Moorer Kirkland of Columbia. She has three brothers, H. Wesley Kirkland of Columbia, W. Keith Kirkland of Charleston, and William D. Kirkland of Atlanta, Georgia.
She graduated from Irmo High School in 1977 and went on to Clemson University where she graduated in 1981. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Law and graduated in 1984.
Judge Riddle started her legal career as an assistant solicitor for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office from 1982 to 1986. She worked for the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Project of Richland County from 1988 to 1990 while also in private practice with the law firm of Kirkland, Dodson, Rush, and Riddle in Columbia until her election as Family Court Judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit in 1995 where she has served since that time.
She is a member of Saint Luke's Lutheran Church in Columbia. She is married to Charles Dayton Riddle III. They have three children.