From the President
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” when MRWBA celebrates and recognizes the important role and contributions of women within the Virginia bar. This year, we’re doubly excited to celebrate, as we will be recognizing two women, Teri Miles and Carolyn Grady at our December 11 “Woman of Achievement” Award Luncheon. Both of these remarkable women have contributed in significant ways to the practice of law, and each has worked tirelessly to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession. MRWBA is delighted to recognize Teri and Carolyn, and on behalf of the entire MRWBA board, I want to say a big “congratulations” to each of these women. Additionally, I’d like to give a shout-out to Lucy Davis, MRWBA’s awards chair. Lucy has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of our December lunch, and we appreciate all she does for MRWBA.
As we move into the New Year, I also want to say a big thank you to Alexis Fisher Rizk, MRWBA’s programs co-chair. Alexis has done an impressive job putting together the 2019 luncheon programs, and we’ve appreciated her work in developing a luncheon line-up that has included interesting topics and speakers. In January, Alexis will turn the baton over to Mary Hunt, who is also arranging a great line-up for 2020. I encourage you to register early for our January 8 luncheon with Liz Bryant, who will share how better business etiquette can lead to better business development, and our February 5 luncheon with Leslie Haley, Kate Rennolds, and Katherine Gray, who will discuss how you can better determine when it’s time to transition your career.
Have a lovely holiday season!
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, 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 (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.
Judicial Endorsement Committee Participates in Candidate Interviews
The MRWBA's Judicial Endorsement Committee will be participating in upcoming interviews of person wishing to be considered for endorsement as a candidate for the forthcoming vacancy in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond occasioned by the upcoming retirement of the Honorable Gregory L. Rupe.
These interviews will be organized by the Bar Association of the City of Richmond, which is soliciting and inviting suggestions from the Bench, Bar, and the public at-large of names of qualified persons for consideration. Suggestions must be in writing and should be mailed to Lelia N. Martin, c/o Richmond Bar Association, P.O. Box 1213, Richmond, Virginia 23218 or hand-delivered to her at the Bar office located at 707 E. Main Street, Suite 1620, Richmond, VA 23219. Nominations may also be e-mailed to Ms. Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is incumbent on the sender to verify receipt of the nomination. Nominations must be received by 12:00 noon on December 19, 2019 in order to be considered. Please include contact information for the individual(s) whom you nominate.
Any questions about this process may be directed to the JEC Committee Chair, Blaire O'Brien, at email@example.com.
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Honors and Awards
Congratulations to the following MRWBA members named to Virginia Business Legal Elite 2019
- Hadeel Abouhasira, Williams Mullen, Immigration Law
- Mollie Barton, Stiles Ewing Powers PC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Frances Caruso, ThompsonMcMullan PC, Young Lawyer
- Tara Casey, University of Richmond School of Law, Legal Services/Pro Bono
- Nicole Cheuk, Sands Anderson PC, Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative
- Julie Cillo, Owen & Owens PLC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Nancy Cook, Family Law Associates of Richmond PC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Mariah Daniel, Daniel Law, Taxes/Estates/Trusts
- Sherry Fox, ThompsonMcMullan PC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Melanie Friend, CowanGates, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Deanna Hathaway, Hathaway Adair PC, Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights
- Susanna Jones, FloranceGordonBrown PC, Young Lawyer
- Crystal Malik, McCandlish Holton PC, Immigration Law
- Laura Manchester, AllyAllign Health, Corporate Counsel
- Britney McPheron, Bowen Ten Cardani PC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Player Michelsen, Stiles Ewing Powers PC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Quinn Novak, FloranceGordonBrown PC, Young Lawyer
- Mary Owens, Owen & Owens PLC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Lindsay Pickral, ThompsonMcMullan PC, Elder Law
- Colleen Quinn, Locke & Quinn, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Kimberlee Ramsey, FloranceGordonBrown PC, Family Law/Domestic Relations
- Michele Satterlund, McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative
- Mansi Shah, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Criminal Law
- Jacquelyn Stone, McGuireWoods LLP, Immigration Law
- Joanna Suyes, Marks & Harrison PC, Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative
- Amanda Weaver, Williams Mullen, Young Lawyer
- Carolyn White, Thompson McMullan, Elder Law
- Laura Windsor, Williams Mullen, Labor/Employment Law
In addition, keep the following deadlines for submission on your radar:
- Richmond Bar Association (RBA) Young Lawyer of the Year Award, nomination deadline is December 18, 2019.
- Virginia State Bar Betty Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Law- Recognizes and honors an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nomination deadline is January 24, 2020.
- Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award. The Family Law Service Award shall be given to an individual or organization who has consistently given freely of time, talent and energies to provide valuable services in advancing family, domestic relations or juvenile law in Virginia, whether such services are rendered to the Virginia legal community or directly to the citizens of Virginia. Nomination deadline is January 24, 2020.
- Virginia Lawyers Weekly Influential Women of Law. Nominations for the Class of 2020 are now being accepted through Dec. 27, 2019.
- Virginia State Bar Virginia Legal Aid Award. The recipient of the award will exhibit the following qualities in his or her work: 1) Innovation and creativity in advocacy; 2) experience and excellence in service; and 3) Impact beyond his or her own program's service area. The nominee must be a member of the VSB and an employee of a legal aid society that is licensed by the VSB to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nomination deadline is March 8, 2020.
The upcoming MRWBA award is the Phoebe P. Hall Mentorship Award which is a new award that will be given for the first time in the Spring of 2020. This award will be given to a candidate who shows “excellence in mentoring others, including the candidate’s commitment to encouraging law students and attorneys to achieve their personal and professional goals.” Additional information on the nomination process for this award will be circulated as soon as it is available.
A Quirky Celebration
members and guests gathered at Quirk Hotel to celebrate the holiday season at
our Holiday Happy Hour on December 3rd. Participants took some time to
unwind and enjoy each other’s company with light hors d’ oeuvres and adult
beverages in the vibrant atmosphere that Quirk provides.
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- Lindsay Bunting Eubanks, Sands Anderson
- Mary-Kate Collins
- MaryAnn Grover, Richmond Circuit Court
- Ericka Kopp, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
- Linda Lambert, Lambert & Associates
- Jennifer Newman, Jennifer M. Newman, PC
- Lauren Pavlich
- Ellen Ray, Main Street Law Office
- Elizabeth N. Ross, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
- Krista Samuels, Krista Mathis Samuels, Atty-at-Law, PLLC
- Michelle Snell, Winslow & McCurry, PLLC
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Our December Platinum Sponsor: Greater Richmond Bar Foundation
The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (GRBF) is a proud supporter of the MRWBA and its programs. GRBF is a local nonprofit with a mission to increase access to justice through mobilizing the private bar, educating lawyers and the public, and connecting volunteers to critical needs. Get involved today with our Pro Bono Clearinghouse, our NEW Eviction Diversion Project or our Triage partnership with Legal Aid by registering in JusticeServer. For more information see www.grbf.org, or contact Ali Fannon at (804) 240-7822.Please join us at our 6th Annual Jazz4Justice on February 7 2020 at VCU Singleton Center. Limited VIP tickets and sponsorships available. Contact Ali Fannon for more info.
If you are a member of MRWBA and you are interested in serving on the Planning Committee for the Twenty-Ninth Annual Bench-Bar Conference, please reach out to Michele Satterlund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MRWBA Upcoming Programs
Registration is now open for ALL of MRWBA's lunch programs for the 2019-2020 bar year.
Coming up we have:
Holiday Luncheon and Annual Woman of Achievement Award. Wednesday, December 11. Join us as we recognize two outstanding members during this traditional holiday luncheon: Teri C. Miles and Carolyn Grady have been named as the co-recipients of the MRWBA’s 2019 Woman of Achievement award. In furthering our organization’s goals we seek to honor the ever-expanding role of women within the Virginia bar. Each of our honorees represents a significant milestone as women of achievement, both among our membership and our community.
Thanks to this month's Platinum Sponsor:
Thanks to this month's Gold Sponsor:
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.
November Program Recap
We were honored to be joined at our November 6th meeting, Becoming a Judge, by the Honorable Lauren Caudill, Judge for the Henrico Country General District Court, as well as Senator Ryan McDougle, Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee member, Delegate Jeffrey Bourne, Virginia House of Delegates Courts of Justice Committee member, and Shannon Heard, legislative staff to the Courts of Justice Committee. The panelists were questioned by Britney McPheron about the judicial selection process in Virginia and what steps you can take if you are thinking about a career in the judiciary.
Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available
Limited sponsorship opportunities with the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association are still available. View our sponsorship opportunities
There are two Platinum sponsorships still available. Platinum sponsors are highlighted throughout the bar year, including on the main page of our website, at all MRWBA events, and in all member communications. If you have any questions, contact Amy Smith, Communications Co-Chair, by phone at (804-489-5500).