Woman of Achievement Awards

Teri C.  Miles and Carolyn Grady to Receive the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award

MRWBA proudly announces that Teri C. Miles, Esq. and Carolyn Grady, Esq. have been named as the co-recipients of the MRWBA’s 2019 Woman of Achievement award. The MRWBA was founded in 1974 to support and enhance the professional success and personal development of women in the legal profession through education and networking opportunities.

In furtherance of the organization’s goals, MRWBA seeks to recognize the important role and contributions of women within the Virginia bar.  Each of the honorees represents a woman of significant achievement and each has worked tirelessly to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession.

Teri Miles

Teri Miles, an internationally and domestically certified compliance and ethics professional, currently manages the Compliance Investigations group at Altria where she and her team analyze, report on, and investigate violations of the Company Code of Conduct, policy or the law for Altria’s companies.

Before joining Altria in 2011, Teri worked as a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in the trial section, handling employment law matters for universities and other state agencies throughout the Commonwealth.  She also spent 11 years in-house at Circuit City Stores, Inc., where she managed the Labor and Employment group.  Before becoming an employment lawyer, Teri was an attorney with McGuireWoods where she practiced products liability law and worked on numerous mass tort matters for various clients.  She also has practiced regulatory law with Virginia Power, as well as products liability law with a boutique law firm. 

Teri received her J.D. from the University of Richmond Law School and her undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College.  Currently, she serves on the Alumni Board for the University of Mary Washington.

Teri is a Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Richmond Society of Human Resource Management, past president of the MRWBA, past chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Richmond Bar Association, a 2006 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, and she was selected by “Virginia Business” as a Legal Elite in the Alternative Dispute Resolution category (2007 and 2006).

Teri is passionate about the arts.  She was a long-time board member of SPARC, serving as its vice president for four years, and continuing to volunteer whenever possible.  She also supports the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, volunteers on the museum’s Council and is training to be a tour guide.

Carolyn Grady

Carolyn (Carrie) Grady is an assistant federal public defender with the Office of the Federal Public Defender (FPD) where she has worked since 2005. She also serves as the defense member of the federal drug court Second Chance Offender Rehabilitation Effort (SCORE) team.

Prior to her work at the FPD, Carrie was in private practice as of counsel to Epperly, Follis and Schork, P.C. from 1998 to 2005 where she focused exclusively on criminal defense ranging from traffic offenses to capital murder in both state and federal courts. She also worked for the Richmond Public Defender from 1991 to 1998, where her last position was Senior Assistant Public Defender.

Additionally, Carrie is an adjunct teacher at the University of Richmond Law School where she has taught for over 25 years. Carrie graduated from Skidmore College in 1985 where she majored in Government and minored in English History. Carrie was inducted in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society in May 1985. Carrie graduated from Boston College Law School in 1989. She is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, both the Eastern and Western District of Virginia as well as the Virginia State Bar.

Carrie has served as an officer on the Board of Governors of the Criminal Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and is currently a member and Vice Chair Elect of the Disciplinary Board, having previously served on the Third District subcommittee.  Carrie also serves as the Chair of the Indigent Defense Commission.  Her leisure activities include golf, biking and travel. 

The MRWBA is delighted to recognize the many achievements of both women, and we applaud their many contributions to both the legal profession and the community.   MRWBA is pleased to honor them with the MRWBA 2019 Women of Achievement Award at our December 11th Awards Luncheon

Past Award Winners

Julie McConnell (2018)
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.

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