January 2019

January 9th Luncheon, Lawyers Firing on All Cylinders: Make Wellness Your New Year's Resolution

Attorneys are exposed to a variety of stresses, which can take a toll on their physical, mental and emotional well-being. To begin addressing this, in September 2017, Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons announced plans to form a committee in Virginia to find ways to enhance lawyer well-being. The report of the Committee on Lawyer Well-Being of the Supreme Court of Virginia, 

A Profession at Risk, was released in September.

Join MRWBA and our panel of presenters on January 9th for our presentation Lawyers Firing on All Cylinders: Make Wellness Your New Year's Resolution to discuss the report and what you can do to increase wellness, reduce stress and maintain balance in your own life.

This program is pending approval for CLE credit.

Our Presenters:

  • Dr. Phoebe A. Ashley, VCU Pauley Heart Center
  • Cynthia Bade, American Heart Association
  • Colleen M. Quinn, Esq.; Locke & Quinn

Register now by following the link below.

  • $20.00 Members & Law Students
  • $30.00 Non-Members

Register Here.


Congratulations to MRWBA's Legal Elite! 

Since 2000, Virginia Business has polled attorneys in the commonwealth, asking them to select from their peers the best lawyers in each practice category. This year, 1,062 lawyers submitted the names of 3,423 nominees in eighteen categories.

MRWBA members who were recognized this year include:

Bankruptcy/Creditor's Rights:

  • Sharon Choi Stuart
  • Deanna Hathaway

Business Law: 

  • ·         Stinson Mundy

Civil Litigation:

  • ·         Elizabeth Hanes

Criminal Law: 

  • ·         Amy Austin
  • ·         Mansi Shah

Family/Domestic Relations

  • ·         Julie Cillo
  • ·         Sherry Fox
  • ·         Melanie Friend
  • ·         Mary Burkey Owens
  • ·         Kimberlee Ramsey 

Intellectual Property:

  • ·         Janet Peyton


  • ·         Karen Elliott
  • ·         Laura Windsor 

Legal Services/Pro Bono:

  • ·         Tara Casey


  • ·         Nicole Cheuk 
  • ·         Joanna Suyes 

Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law:

  • ·         Carolyn White

Young Lawyers:

  • ·         Britney McPheron, Esq.

For the complete list of the 2018 Legal Elite, click here


Julie McConnell Honored at December Luncheon

At our December 5th luncheon, MRWBA was pleased to honor Julie McConnell (pictured at left) for all of her hard work on behalf of children.

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.

On behalf of the entire MRWBA Membership, Congratulations, Julie, and Thank You for the work you do!


Find Your Summer Hires Early

Is your firm hiring summer clerks or recent graduates? Sign up for the 17th annual Government and Public Interest Interview Program on Friday, February 15, 2019, at University of Richmond. Co-sponsored by the law schools at UR, W&M and W&L, this free program allows you to pre-screen resumes and interview students of all years. Deadline to participate is Monday, January 7, 2019. For more info or to register, click here.


Save the Date

Save the date and watch for complete details coming soon on MRWBA's Spring Mentorship Social on March 4th at UR Law School.

Detail will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.


Sponsor Opportunities Still Available

We are still seeking Gold and Silver Sponsors for some luncheons and other events, similar to the sponsorships we have offered in the past. Click here to view Sponsorship Levels.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deanna Hathaway, Communications Co-Chair, by phone (804-257-9944, option 1) or email


MRWBA Membership Drive

Members, refer a new or returning* member between now and the end of the month and be entered to win two tickets for the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation's Jazz4Justice event on February 8th. Simply have a candidate complete their application form (online or hard copy) and indicate that they were referred by you. Every referral enters your name in the drawing! Two winners will be drawn.

*Returning members must have been lapsed for two years or more.


Upcoming Programs 

Don't forget to register for our upcoming events:

  • Lawyers Firing on All Cylinders - Make Wellness Your New Year's Resolution, Wednesday, January 9th, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (1 hour of CLE applied for)
  • Staying on the Right Side of the Line, Thursday, February 7th, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. (1 hour of ethics CLE applied for)

Details on these and all of our programs will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.

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