Woman of Achievement Awards


The MRWBA seeks each year to promote the stature of women in the community and to recognize those women who exemplify legal professionalism.

I.  Awards Criteria:

Each nominee shall:

  1. be a member of the Virginia State Bar. A nominee who is disabled or unable to practice or deceased will be considered as long as the nominee met the criteria prior to becoming disabled or deceased;
  2. have earned the respect of the community at large for her professional and/or civic contributions;
  3. have made significant contributions to the legal profession and to the community;
  4. have at least five (5) years of professional experience as an attorney.  If less than five years, the nominator should provide specific examples of exceptional circumstances;
  5. have performed charitable work, pro bono legal services and/or any other activities of note that serve to promote the purposes of the MRWBA.  (Purposes of the MRWBA are listed below.)  However, it is not required that a recipient of the MRWBA Women of Achievement Award be involved in charitable activities;
  6. have provided assistance to other women attorneys, particularly as a mentor;
  7. have demonstrated leadership skills; and
  8. each recipient must be a member of the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association.

II.  Nomination Package Requirements:

The nomination package must include the following:

  1. a completed nomination form
  2. an updated, descriptive resume;
  3. at least one statement or letter of support for the nominee; and
  4. a nominator statement describing the nominee’s contributions to the stature of women in the legal profession.

III.  Deadline:

All nomination packages must be received no later than 5:00p.m. October 25, 2019 by: Lucy Gardner DavisThompsonMcMullan, P.C., 100 Shockoe Slip, 3rd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219, Direct:  804-698-6243.

IV.   Purpose of the MRWBA

The purposes of the Association as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation are:

  1. To improve the professional competence of area lawyers, including its members, through education and other means;
  2. To promote understanding and appropriate reform in the law; judicial procedure and the science of jurisprudence generally;
  3. To preserve and promote the honor and integrity of the legal profession;
  4. To support and enhance personal satisfaction and professional advancement of women in the legal profession and in the judiciary
  5. To promote collegiality among women in the legal profession;
  6. To facilitate and improve the administration of justice;
  7. To promote the delivery of legal services to the entire community and to foster civic and community service;
  8. To promote an increased understanding by the public of the legal system;
  9. To inform and stimulate debate among the members of the Association on legal and social issues affecting the legal profession;
  10. To undertake any other matters necessary or proper to the operation of a voluntary Bar Association; and
  11. To do all things necessary or desirable to carry out the foregoing purposes.

MRWBA was proud to present its 2018 Woman of Achievement Award to Julie McConnell (pictured at right).

Professor Julie McConnell is Director of the UR School of Law’s Children’s Defense Clinic. Prior to joining the Law School in 2011, she served as the Supervising Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Richmond’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where she prosecuted cases involving juvenile delinquency, child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and homicide. She has also served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Richmond Public Defender’s Office and is the author of an article in Virginia Lawyer Magazine on the collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications. In 2011, Professor McConnell received the Oliver Hill Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court’s “Unsung Hero” Award. She was also awarded the Outstanding Woman Award for Education by the YWCA Richmond in 2017.

Past Award Winners

Colleen M. Quinn (2017)
The Honorable Mary B. Malveaux and Shannon Taylor (2016)
Tara L. Casey (2015)
The Honorable M. Hannah Lauck (2014)
The Honorable Mary E. Langer (2013)
Stephanie E. Grana (2012)
The Honorable Catherine C. Hammond (2011)
Pamela S. Belleman (2010)
The Honorable Cleo E. Powell (2009)
The Honorable Audrey J. Franks and Maya Eckstein (2008)
Karen Ann Gould (2007)
Phoebe P. Hall (2006)
Jacquelyn Stone (2005)

Ann T. Burks and Barbara M. Rose (2004)
Phyllis C. Katz (2003)
Sharon S. England and Carolyn C. Lavecchia (2002)
Darrel Tillar Mason (2001)
Mary R. Spain (2000)
Barbara Ann Williams (1999)
Virginia H. Hackney and Barbara L. Hulburt (1998)
Virginia S. Duvall (1997)
Patricia M. Schwarzchild and Anne Marie Whittemore (1996)
The Honorable Jean W. Cunningham, The Honorable Anne B. Holton,
Linda F. Rigsby, The Honorable Beverly W. Snukals (1995)
Claire G. Cardwell, The Honorable Bonnie C. Davis, The Honorable Elizabeth B. Lacy, Julie D. McClellan, Sharon O’Donnell, Virginia W. Powell, Debra J. Prillaman, Karen A. Raschke (1994)

MRWBA itself has been recognized on a number of occasions for a variety of our programs.  Click here to see the awards we have been honored to receive.

MRWBA  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 6605, Richmond, VA 23230
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