From the President
While it is hard to believe a brand new year is upon us, it seems fitting to take a moment to reflect on where we are as an association, and to note a number of the first-time achievements women are making in Virginia.
From a political standpoint, women began making history two years ago in 2017 when Virginia elected an historic number of women. These women included Virginia’s first openly transgender lawmaker, Del. Danica Roem, the first Latina delegates, Del. Elizabeth Guzman and Del. Hala Ayala, as well as the first female Asian American legislator, Del. Kathy Tran.
This trend continued, and the recent November 2019 election brought other historic changes, including the selection of Del. Eileen Filler-Corn as the first woman, and the first Jewish person, to be elected Speaker-designee in the Virginia House of Delegate’s 400-year legislative history, as well as the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Virginia legislature, Sen-elect Ghazala Hashmi.
And in another historic first, Delegate Charniele Herring was nominated this fall as the first woman, and the first African American, to serve as Majority Leader in the House of Delegates, where she will also serve as chair the House of Delegates Courts of Justice Committee.
These elections trends are important for MRWBA to note as we seek to ensure our membership reflects the same diversity of those who practice within the legal profession. While it is our goal to ensure the luncheon programming, networking events, and CLE opportunities include content that is applicable to all our membership – from the solo practitioner to in-house counsel – it is important that we double down on these efforts and ensure we are considering our entire membership in everything we do.
Meeting the needs of today’s female lawyers is critical to the future growth and well-being of MRWBA. It is critical that we meet women where they are – whether they are new moms, retired, re-entering the workforce, or in the middle of their career. To this effort, we welcome your thoughts on how we can continue to improve our programming and create events that meet the needs of the amazing and diverse women who make up our profession. If you have thoughts on this, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And lastly, don’t forget to register for our January 8 luncheon with Liz Bryant, who will share how better business etiquette can lead to business development, and our February 5 luncheon with Leslie Haley, Kate Rennolds, Suzanne Wade and Katherine Gray, who will share insights on determining when it’s time to transition your career. Both luncheons will be interesting and provide content to help your legal practice and career get off to a strong start in 2020!Happy New Year!
Teri C. Miles and Carolyn Grady to Receive the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award
It was a beautiful, crisp December day when MRWBA members, past and present board members, and friends of the organization gathered for the annual award luncheon to honor two outstanding women, Teri Miles and Carrie Grady, as the 2019 Woman of Achievement award winners. The atmosphere was festive and fun as pianist Tommy Witten provided holiday music at Willow Oaks Country Club, where its bucolic background allowed members to catch glimpses of the James River peeking though the woods on the golf course. Ali Fannon, Executive Director of The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation (GRBF), which served as the luncheon’s platinum sponsor, provided remarks and described the amazing work GRBF is doing. She also shared opportunities for our membership to give back through the on-line pro bono case management system JusticeServer.
Pictured above, left to right: MRWBA President Michele Satterlund, Honoree Teri Miles, Stephanie Grana
and MRWBA Awards Committee Chair, Lucy Davis
Following Ms. Fannon’s remarks, recognition was given to Teri Miles and Carrie Grady as the 2019 Woman of Achievement award winners. Stephanie Grana, Teri’s friend of 25 years, introduced Teri and talked about Teri’s commitment to service, her character as a role model, and her lifetime love of travel. Teri currently works as the Senior Manager of Compliance & Integrity Investigations for Altria. In addition to her job responsibilities, Teri is extremely involved in her community and has been a long-time active member of MRWBA, serving on many committees and as President during the 1999-2000 bar year. Additionally, Teri sat on the board of SPARC, serving as its vice president for four years. There was a not a dry eye in the house as Teri spoke about how her mother instilled in her the responsibility of giving back to the community, and it is clear that Teri has put her mother’s words into a life-time of service to her community.
Julie McConnell then introduced Carrie Grady by highlighting the incredible commitment Carrie has for her clients and her community. Julie detailed the many years Carrie has spent tirelessly representing the indigent in her role as a criminal defense attorney, and also talked about her time spent serving as a mentor for students and young lawyers who wish to pursue a similar career path. Carrie currently serves as an Assistant Federal Public Defender and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond Law School. Carrie brought a mix of humor and tears as she spoke about her incredible career and her true passion for the work that she does and the people that she helps on a regular basis. Her commitment was evident as she spoke about being with clients at the best of times---when they are exonerated, but also at the worst of times--when they are sentenced to death or life in prison. The MRWBA is proud to honor these two extraordinary women who have made such an impact on their communities and have served as role models for other lawyers in our legal community. Congratulations!
Pictured above, left to right: MRWBA President Michele Satterlund, Honoree Carolyn Grady,
and MRWBA Awards Committee Chair, Lucy Davis
Honors and Awards
The following award deadlines are upcoming:
MRWBA will begin soliciting nominations for the Phoebe P. Hall Mentorship Award. This 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.
- 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 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.
Commissioner of Accounts Opening
The Judges of the Circuit Court for the city of Richmond are seeking applicants to fill the position of Commissioner of Accounts for the city of Richmond. The duties of Commissioner of Accounts have been merged into one office, which will be filled effective April 1, 2020. Applicants must be members in good-standing of the Virginia State Bar. Application packages are available by sending a request to email@example.com. The deadline for applications is January 24, 2020.
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- Kimberly Chandler, Chandler Law Firm
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- Lauren Grant, Stiles Ewing Powers PC
- Mary Virginia Overholser, Capital One
- Dawn South, DeBoerSouth, PLLC
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Volunteers Needed for Opening Round of Intercollegiate Mock Trial Playoffs at William and Mary
William and Mary is pleased to host the American Mock Trial Association’s Williamsburg Regional Tournament, the opening round of the collegiate mock trial national playoff series. This highly competitive undergraduate tournament will be held on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16. Members of MRWBA are invited to act as mock trial judges, enabling undergraduate students to hone their public speaking, critical thinking, and legal skills in a rewarding team activity. Student mock trials are not just an intellectual competition - they are performances, which the members of MRWBA will find entertaining, complex, impressive, and well worth their time. One hundred forty four volunteers are needed. For complete details, click here.
MRWBA Upcoming Programs
Registration is now open for ALL of MRWBA's lunch programs for the 2019-2020 bar year.
Coming up we have:
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. Register by noon, Monday January 6th!
Thanks to this month's Gold Sponsor:
Knowing When It’s Time to Move On. Wednesday, February 5. A panel of attorneys that have switched jobs, areas of practice and even careers, will join us to discuss what factors played into their decisions to make the change and move on.
Visit the Events page of our website to register for these or any of the upcoming sessions.
MRWBA member Veronica Moseley Brown and her MRWBA Platinum Sponsor colleagues at Boleman Law took time over the holiday to provide free legal advice to members of the public on Call 12 News. Pictured above, Veronica with NBC12's Curt Autry.
McGuireWoods Richmond partner and MRWBA member Jacquelyn E. Stone was featured in the December edition of Discover Richmond magazine as part of the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s 2019 “Person of the Year" program that recognizes leaders for achievements and contributions that strengthen the Richmond region. The creator and former chair of McGuireWoods’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Stone became the first African-American woman to be named a partner at a major law firm in Virginia. She also was McGuireWoods’ firmwide hiring partner for more than 20 years. In addition to helping to establish Partnership for the Future, a college preparation and workforce development program for Richmond-area high school students, Stone has served on numerous state and local boards and commissions.
Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available
There is one 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). View our sponsorship opportunities