February 2019

Thanks to our February Gold Sponsor

And Thanks to our February Silver Sponsor

From the President

Thanks to a compelling presentation by Colleen Quinn, Cyndi Bade, and Dr. Phoebe Ashley at our January luncheon, I have made a few (tiny) changes to my diet and my normal routine, including parking at the far end of the parking lot instead of right next to the door and keeping nuts in my desk to snack on instead of candy. If I could figure out how to ditch the Diet Mountain Dew that's a constant presence on my desk or how to make time for exercise, I'd be in business. I find that yoga and walking with my husband do wonders for relieving my stress, but I choose to complete work tasks instead, thinking that the more I clear off my desk the less stressed I'll be later. Of course that only compounds the problem.

Another source of stress for lawyers is the practice of law itself. There's always a difficult client, a deadline, a complicated legal issue or a tricky ethical question. Decisions have to be made on the spot, and sometimes you just have to go with your instincts. But how do you stop turning things over in your head so you can sleep better at night? How do you know whether you're doing the right thing? Our February luncheon features Ashley Davis leading a very-entertaining ethics presentation entitled "Staying on the Right Side of the Line." The course has been approved for 1 hour of ethics credit so join us at 12:30 on Thursday, February 7. I look forward to seeing you there!

Joanna Suyes, Esq.,
2018-2019 MRWBA President 


Family Law Volunteers Needed!

The Public Service/Pro-Bono Committee is still looking for Family Law volunteers to help update the Domestic Relations Pamphlet (DRP). The DRP is a wonderful booklet used by numerous charitable non-profit organizations, court houses and other government agencies as well as law firms, all throughout our Commonwealth. This pamphlet has been highly successful in helping people; many times low income domestic abuse victims and parents needing child support, obtain valuable information while they navigate the complex legal system. The organizations using our pamphlet emphasize what a difference our DRP makes in people's lives.

The specific areas are not long, just a few pages out of the DRP. It will therefore not require much work. Those lawyers who assist with updating our pamphlet will have their name published within the final booklet, as a means of appreciation and recognition for their contribution.

We still need volunteers for the following areas:

  • Court Procedures, page 3 of the DRP.
  • Marriage, Divorce, Annulment, pages 5,7 and 21 of the DRP.
  • Custody and Visitation, starting on page 14.
  • Property Settlement, starting on page 17.
  • Mediation, Need for Legal Assistance, the Collaborative Law Process, pages 32,33 and 34.

If you can volunteer, please contact Adalyn Brugger, Co-Chair for the Public Service/Pro-Bono Committee at or 804-249-7788. 

View an electronic copy of the pamphlet on the MRWBA website. To order, please contact Public Service Co-Chairs, Adalyn Brugger & Valerie L'Herrou.


Register for the Mentorship Social!

Please plan to join the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association for our Spring Mentorship Social on Monday, March 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the University of Richmond Law School's Moot Courtroom. Our guest speaker will be Monica Monday, managing partner at Gentry Locke.

Register Now!


On the Horizon: New MRWBA Website and Membership System

The Board of Directors is excited to announce that MRWBA will soon be rolling out an entirely new membership and communications system, including a revamped website that we hope will be more useful for our members. Some of the features include:

  • a Member Forum for exchanging ideas and asking questions,
  • news feeds with current headlines from a variety of legal news sources,
  • an updated Lawyer Referral Directory that is more easily searchable by members of the public,
  • an easier-to-use interface for members to edit their own profiles, and
  • membership renewals based on the date you joined instead of the beginning of the Bar year.

Watch for the new site and complete details in a couple of weeks!


January Luncheon Reminds Us to Be Well!

Thanks to all who attended our January luncheon, Lawyers Firing on All Cylinders: Make Wellness Your New Year's Resolution.  We learned a lot from Cyndi Bade, Phoebe Ashley, MD, and Colleen Quinn, Esq!  (pictured at left, left to right) 

Let us all resolve to take better care of ourselves first!


MRWBA Membership Drive Coming to an End

Members, refer a new or returning* member by the end of the day TODAY 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.

Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. January 31st.


Participate in the MRWBA Membership Survey!

Members, the Board needs your help! We are working on our strategic plan and want to hear from you - what do you love about the MRWBA? What do wish we offered? What can we do better?  Please share your thoughts in our Membership Survey


Register Now for our February 7th Luncheon

Join MRWBA  for our THURSDAY, February 7th luncheon Legal Ethics in Virginia: Staying on the Right Side of the Line. with our special guest speaker Ashley T. Davis, Esq. of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. This program is approved for 1 hour of Ethics CLE credit.

*If you or your spouse/significant other have been affected by the government shut-down, lunch is on us in February. Please register as a speaker/sponsor.



Our best wishes go out to MRWBA Past President Sakina Paige and Jamal Thomas on the birth of their son Judah Robert on January 1st. He weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces.


Job Opportunity

Locke & Quinn seeks a mid-level family law associate for adoption, surrogacy, family formation, guardianship and estate planning practice and to become part owner in the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center. Desire for work in traditional family law (custody, divorce, support, etc) can be accommodated. Resumes and cover letters should be emailed to Colleen Quinn at 

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