Probate judge keeps her cool: Jones-Glover honored for her self-control
May 31, 2018 Times and Democrat article (reprinted with permission)
Article by DIONNE GLEATON T&D Staff Writer
Orangeburg County Probate Judge Pandora Jones-Glover knows a thing or two about keeping her cool.
Whether she’s dealing with estates or competency issues, she has seen a wide range of emotions erupt in her courtroom.
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Knowing how to handle the contention that sometimes arises requires her to keep her own emotions in check to ensure that order is maintained and the law is upheld.
It is her ability to restrain her actions and feelings for the greater good of the people she serves that has earned her the designation as the exemplification of self-control as part of the Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative.
It is an honor Jones-Glover was not expecting.
“I was surprised and honored. I recently celebrated my birthday. This recognition is icing on the cake,” Jones-Glover said.
Exercising self-control is critical for individuals in both their personal and private lives, she said.
“It just makes us better. I would attribute it to my upbringing. I was reared in a loving, Christian home, but my parents had high expectations for me and my siblings. I am the oldest of four children, and I wanted to be an example for them,” Jones-Glover said.
“I am now a wife, mother and elected official. It’s important to me to be a positive example for my family and my community,” she added.
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She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas’s School of Law in Fayetteville.
“I did have the pleasure of working with a circuit judge right out of law school. I got to observe how he managed the court, how he began his hearings on time and how he just maintained a level of self-control,” she said.
Jones-Glover is the daughter of James and Ruby Nick. She is also a first-generation college graduate and a first-generation lawyer.
“I was always cognizant of the fact that many people prayed and encouraged and supported me. I couldn’t disappoint them. By exercising self-control, I was able to accomplish my goals. I sacrificed, stayed focused and worked hard. I could not afford to do anything else,” she said.
Jones-Glover is one of only two African-American probate judges in the state.
“I am honored that the citizens of Orangeburg County have entrusted the office of the probate court in my care for the past 14 years. I am striving to serve in a way that is pleasing in the sight of God, my family and the citizens,” she said.
She said her job duties require nothing less than self-control.
“We deal with different types of people. It’s always important for the judge to maintain control and manage the courtroom and self-control is important in doing that,” Jones-Glover said.
She said the Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative plays an important role in promoting character within the community.
“I think it’s a really great program. It has really taken off. People are buying into it. It’s always good when you get 100 percent buy-in from the community. I think it makes people feel good to be recognized for certain traits. Our community is made better when everyone exhibits good character traits,” she said.