Judge Joi Jeter Taylor beams happily after being sworn in to the Richmond Circuit Court. Family, friends, judicial colleagues, members of the legal community and area elected officials were on hand March 12 for her investiture ceremony at the John Marshall Courts Building in Downtown. Judge Taylor actually joined the court Dec. 1 after serving nearly 17 years as a Richmond General District Court judge. The General Assembly elected her in late September to succeed Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret P. Spencer, who retired from the bench last summer. A Howard University Law School graduate, Judge Taylor served 15 years as an assistant attorney general before she went on the bench in 1998.