April 2019

Thanks to this month's Platinum Sponsor

And to all of our Sponsors!

Locke & Quinn is a Personal Injury and Family Law firm located at Willow Lawn. We primarily focus on personal injury (motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, products liability, assaults and other negligent acts) and family law (divorce, support, custody, equitable distribution, pre and post nuptial agreements, adoption & surrogacy, LGBT issues) but also provide employment and trust and estate services. Our attorneys have been selected as "Best Lawyers" by US News, "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business magazine, "Super Lawyers" by Richmond magazine and are "av" rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  Our firm has been named "Best Law Firms" By US News and is a recipient of the coveted 2015 Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents. Locke & Quinn is home to the Women's Injury and Adoption & Surrogacy Law Centers.

Last Chance to Participate in the MRWBA Membership Survey!

Members, if you haven't completed the membership survey yet, please do so by April 1st! 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


From the President

I threw my back out a few years ago helping my dad install a fireplace insert. Although I had always been a chiropractic skeptic, when the rest-and-Advil approach didn’t work and I couldn’t sit without terrible pain, I took my sister’s advice and saw a chiropractor. Two adjustments later and—wow!—I’m a convert to chiropractic care.

Sometimes I need a similar approach to make sure my head is on straight. Although Saturday and Sunday should mean rest and relaxation, my husband and I find ourselves so overbooked with places to go and errands to run that weekends are as exhausting as the workweek. This past weekend was no exception. But this time, even though we had a million things to do, we decided instead to treat ourselves to an adjustment by spending Saturday afternoon with friends. The errands still need to be done but the time spent with friends was chiropractic care for my spirit. All work and no play had gotten me a bit out of alignment; four hours on the gorgeous first weekend of Spring with my friends straightened things up.

I feel the same way about the MRWBA. Wednesdays, like every day ending in Y, can be quite busy, and too often I end up eating at my desk while I work. Many times driving over to Willow Oaks is the last thing I have time for, but I have never left a luncheon feeling worse than I arrived. An hour or two with the amazing women of the MRWBA is sometimes just what I need to clear my head, remind myself of what’s important in my career, and put things back in alignment. Thank you for helping “adjust” me. I hope you are getting as much out of your membership as I am!

Joanna Suyes, Esq.,
2018-2019 MRWBA President 


Legislative Luncheon Scheduled for April 10th

Join MRWBA  for our Annual Legislative CLE Luncheon at Willow Oaks. The program will feature a panel of state legislators who will discuss bills from this year's General Assembly session and the legislative process. This annual luncheon provides a great opportunity to hear the inside story from local legislators and to participate in a Q&A with them on the burning issues of the 2019 General Assembly session.

1.5 hours of CLE Credit applied for.


 Delegate Dawn Adams

 Senator Amanda Chase 

 Delegate Jeff Bourne

 Senator Rosalyn Dance

 Delegate Debra Rodman

 Senator Siobhan Dunnavant


 Senator Jennifer McClellan

Click here to register.


Kendra Gives Back to the DRP

Join MRWBA at a Kendra Gives Back Party on Wednesday, May 8th, at Kendra Scott in Short Pump Town Center. Enjoy sips, sweets and jewels while shopping for a cause! Twenty percent of all purchases between 5 and 8 p.m. will be donated to the MRWBA’s Domestic Relations Pamphlet.

Can’t attend? Orders placed by phone between 5 and 8 p.m. will qualify too!

Kendra Scott is a loving mom, a driven entrepreneur, and a passionate designer who believes the truest form of success is giving back in a meaningful way. Since she began her company, Kendra has lived by three core values: Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. She created a brand and culture that authentically values giving back and making a positive difference in the community. The Kendra Scott company maintains a focus on its customers and the causes close to their hearts, abiding by the mantra “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”


Pro Bono: Black Family Land Trust

For those interested in learning more about the March pro bono opportunity with the Black Family Land Trust, there will be a CLE on Curing Title Defects/Heirs Property/BFLT at the upcoming Virginia United Land Trust Conference in Richmond at the Hilton Richmond Downtown on Wednesday, April 10, from 10:30 to noon. (Attendees must register for the entire conference to attend this session. The registration fee is between $150 - $175 and includes other interesting sessions and events.) To learn more about the event, click here

To learn more about getting involved with this organization email Crista Gantz at the Virginia State Bar or visit


March Meeting

Thanks to all our members who were able to attend the March luncheon, Women in Leadership: Knowledge is Power. Moderated by Past President Elizabeth Hanes, the panel discussed with membership how to best position oneself to be appointed to committees, commissions and various leadership positions in statewide bar associations as well as gubernatorial appointments. Our panelists were:  Kelly Thomasson, Secretary of the Commonwealth; Karen Gould, Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar; Valerie O’Brien, Executive Director of the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association; Ray White, Executive Director of the Virginia Law Foundation and Virginia CLE; and Lucia Trigiani, Past President of the Virginia State Bar. This panel provided valuable insights to our membership as well as providing them with the tools to advance themselves in statewide bar organizations. Thanks to all our panelists for their thoughtful presentations and thank you also to our moderator.


From Our Sponsor

Locke & Quinn provides client-oriented legal services and solutions to important family law and personal injury matters. When you hire an attorney from our firm, you will meet and work directly with your attorney. We listen to our clients’ concerns and objectives to form ideas and strategies to achieve positive outcomes. Our highly specialized attorneys represent civilians and military personnel in courts that handle family law matters. In addition, we represent people injured by someone else’s negligence.

Since 2005, we've offered internships and externships to over sixty students from high school through law school. The internships include full-time and part-time summer internships as well as part-time internships during the school year. Locke & Quinn believes in giving back and supporting the Richmond Community, which is why we support over 30 events and organizations like the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Congressional Coalition for Adoption, the National Association of Women Business Owners, YWCA, and many more, including MRWBA. To learn more about Locke & Quinn, please visit our website.


For past issues of our newsletter, click here.

New Members

  • Kate Ashley, Student, William & Mary Law School
  • Kathryn Desai, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Claire Gastanaga, ACLU of Virginia
  • Mary Hawkins, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Mechelle King, Student, William & Mary Law School
  • Katerine Kulbok, Marks & Harrison
Login to the Member Directory for contact details for these and all members.

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Member News

  • Stephanie Grana announces that Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner (Richmond) and Breit Drescher Imprevento (Virginia Beach) have merged to form Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, a powerful Virginia law firm specializing in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. Learn more about the firm by visiting their website
Have an announcement you’d like to share? Post job changes, marriage and baby announcements, and other updates on the website at MRWBA Member News (you must be logged in) or e-mail to



MRWBA's annual SCOTUS trip has been rescheduled to April 22nd. Contact Mentorship Chair Britney McPheron for details or with questions.


Lunch with the Judges and Annual Meeting Scheduled for May 29th

Join MRWBA for our Annual Meeting and Lunch with the Judges at Willow Oaks on Wednesday, May 29th. Our confirmed table hosts are:

  • Hon. Claire Cardwell, Richmond General District Court - Civil Division
  • Hon. Marilynn C. Goss, Richmond J&DR Court
  • Hon. Catherine C. Hammond (ret.), Henrico Circuit Court
  • Hon. Shannon O. Hoehl, Hanover J&DR Court
  • Hon. Vanessa L. Jones, Chesterfield J&DR Court
  • Hon. M. Hannah Lauck, U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Hon. Angela Roberts (ret.), Richmond J&DR Court

Click here to register.


Member Social Planned

Join MRWBA and Prime Legal for our spring member social on April 25th at Travinia in Willow Lawn. There is no fee for members to attend, but advance registration is requested. Click here for complete details or to register.


New Domestic Relations Pamphlet Coming Soon

Revisions are currently underway on MRWBA's Domestic Relations Pamphlet and will be wrapping up in mid-April. The updated pamphlet should be available for distribution in late May.


Board Nominations Due MONDAY

MRWBA is currently seeking members to serve on the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. A committee of Past Presidents nominates the Officers and Judicial Endorsement Committee members from the applications received. The membership votes on these nominations during the annual meeting in May. The President-Elect assigns Committee Chairs (note that Chairs & Co-Chairs serve on the MRWBA Board of Directors along with Officers).

Click here for Committee descriptions. Click here for more details and the application. Applications should be submitted by April 1st. 


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