From the President
With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all the things I’m thankful for in my life. From my health to my darling children, I have been abundantly blessed with many good things, and as the Zac Brown Band sings (yep, I love country music), “I’ve got everything I need, and nothing that I don’t.” And so, in the spirit of this season of thanksgiving, I want to say a particularly big thank you to the MRWBA board. Each of the women who serve on the board, despite busy personal lives and careers, gives a significant amount of their time to ensure the success of MRWBA. From hosting membership events, to planning interesting programming, these women are committed to supporting and advancing the professional development and networking opportunities of our colleagues. They are, quite frankly, amazing. I want to say thank you to each board member for all your hard work. Ya’ll are impressive.
As we near the holiday season and our lives get busier, I want to highlight the luncheons we have coming in the next few months and urge you to carve out time for these events. First, on November 6, we’ll have an opportunity to hear from Judge Caudill, Sen. Ryan McDougle, Del. Jeff Bourne and Shannon Heard, who will talk about the judicial selection process and provide insight on the steps you can take if you are thinking about a career in the judiciary. Then, on December 11, we’ll host our annual holiday luncheon and recognize one outstanding MRWBA member as the recipient of the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award. This is always a lovely luncheon, and it has become a tradition to invite staff, so we hope you’ll extend an invitation to your team as we celebrate the holiday season and the accomplishments of one of our very special members.
To help ensure we get off to a good start in putting our best foot forward in 2020, our January 8 luncheon will feature Liz Bryant, who will talk about how we can make better first impressions that in turn, lead to better business development and professional networking experiences. I’ve had the privilege of hearing Liz speak at other events and I always come away with insights that have helped improve my professionalism and career.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Mark your calendars for a Holiday Happy Hour at Quirk Hotel! Please join MRWBA at Quirk Hotel at 201 W. Broad Street the evening of Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a membership social to ring in the holiday season. Invitations and registration available soon!
Registration is now open for ALL of MRWBA's lunch programs for the 2019-2020 bar year.
Coming up we have:
Becoming a Judge, Wednesday, November 6th. Hear directly from the local judiciary, as well as staff to the legislative Courts Committee on what it takes to become a judge as they discuss the process and what steps you can take if you are thinking about a career in the judiciary. Register by noon, Monday November 4th.
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Holiday Luncheon and Annual Woman of Achievement Award, Wednesday, December 11th. Join us as we recognize one outstanding member for the 2019 Woman of Achievement award during this traditional holiday luncheon.
Business Etiquette for Better Business Development. Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Liz Bryant, who specializes in business etiquette, will discuss how better business etiquette can lead to better business development in your legal practice.
Visit the Events page of our website to register for these or any of the upcoming sessions.
MRWBA member Frances Goldman (pictured at left) was honored at the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities' 57th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner on October 28th. The Humanitarian Award is "presented to those individuals who have demonstrated a personal commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding of people of diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds."
MRWBA member Colleen Nichols (pictured at right, second from left, with her family) of the Peake Law Group, has been named the 2019 Greater Richmond Bar Foundation Ben Lacy Volunteer of the Year. Colleen was recognized for her outstanding work related to the general counsel program for nonprofits.
Our congratulations also go out to MRWBA Member Jacquelyn E. Stone (pictured at left), Partner at McGuire Woods, who was named to the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s 2019 “Person of the Year” program, recognizing leaders for achievements and contributions that strengthen the Richmond region. Stone and her fellow honorees will be featured in the December edition of the Times-Dispatch’s “Discover Richmond” magazine and recognized at a Dec. 16 awards luncheon, where a single honoree will be named “Person of the Year.”
In addition, please keep on your radar the deadline submissions for the following awards:
Finally, the MRWBA Woman of Achievement Award, which honors a member who “exemplifies legal professionalism” will be awarded at our annual Holiday luncheon at Willow Oaks Country Club on December 11, 2019. This is a wonderful event and members have traditionally “gifted” lunch to their paralegals and legal assistants as a thank you for their hard work over the year. Please join us to celebrate our 2019 Woman of Achievement Award winner!
On October 9, MRWBA welcomed member Joyvan Malbon-Griffin (pictured at right) with Minnesota Lawyers Mutual to take a look at the most common ethical pitfalls and traps and examine real-life scenarios and resources to prevent malpractice. Our thanks to Joy for sharing her expertise!
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, over 80 MRWBA members and law students braved the rain to come together at Kabana Rooftop downtown for the Fall Mentorship Social and it was an event enjoyed by all. The social offered attendees a chance to relax and connect with their mentor or mentee as well as other members and students in a fun and festive atmosphere.
Do you have interest in serving as a mentor to a student or new attorney? Are you a student or new attorney in need of a mentor? Please contact our Mentorship Chair, Sherry Fox, for more information (login to the member directory).
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