MARCH 2020

From the President

Driving to work this morning, I saw the first hints of spring. Tiny daffodil heads starting to peek out from the earth, a sign of hope that the cold of winter is about to be replaced with the colors of spring—the season of renewal.

For each of us, the word renewal holds different meanings. Of course, there’s the strictly legal sense of the work, from the renewal of our bar license to the renewal of a contract. But on a more personal level, renewal is the anticipation of bettering ourselves—the infinite possibility that every single moment of our life presents us with the opportunity to change our thinking, and consequently, to change our life. It’s the ability to come back from any failing, no matter how significant, and start fresh.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.”  Confucius

So in this season of renewal, I encourage each of you to consider yourself and think about where you fit in on your priority list and ensure that the renewal of your body, mind and spirit (whatever that means individually to you) is as important as every other item on the never-ending “to do” list.

Have a beautiful spring!


Michele Satterlund



Mentorship and Mindfulness

Pictured above, left to right, Emily Fahey, Nancy Armstrong,
Sherry Fox, Elizabeth Hanes, Amy Austin and Lisa Booth.

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, mentors and mentees enjoyed a special event put on specifically for them at The Mindfulness Bar downtown. Attendees spent two hours focused on nourishing their minds and bodies through movement and stillness. The attendees were instructed in gentle Vinyasa Yoga followed by Yoga Nidra. The physical practice of Vinyasa Yoga was slowed down to allow practitioners to relax into poses, encouraging stretching with a focus on breathing. Once participants completed the movement portion of the practice, all were instructed in Yoga Nidra, which means “yogic sleep.”  Yoga Nidra encourages you to find the space between wakefulness and sleep through gentle instruction to find deep relaxation. Following the class, all reported feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. 

Mentors and mentees enjoy a bit of mindfulness.


Spring Membership Social Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

It’s the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage – so come join the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region to celebrate Thursday, March 26 beginning at 5:30pm at the offices of McGuireWoods LLP. 

We’ll celebrate Women’s History Month with cocktails and appetizers.  Meet in house lawyers in our area, and test your knowledge of women’s history and achievements in a trivia contest!

We encourage you to bring a friend who may be interested in membership in the MRWBA or the ACC.  Special thanks to our sponsor, McGuireWoods LLP, who will host this event.

Event invitation to follow!


Knowing When It's Time to Move On Subject of February Meeting

On February 5th, Katherine Gray, Esq., Kate Rennolds, Esq., Leslie Haley, Esq., and Suzanne Wade, Esq., (pictured above, left to right) joined us to offer their personal insights on Knowing When It’s Time to Move On.


Honors and Awards

The following award deadlines are upcoming:

  • 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. 
  • Virginia State Bar Tradition of Excellence Award. The Virginia State Bar General Practice Section annually recognizes an outstanding lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in Virginia. This special award recognizes attorneys who have devoted significant amounts of time, efforts, and/or funds to activities that benefit their community and help enhance the image and esteem of general practice attorneys in the Commonwealth. All candidates must be current members of the VSB in good standing, with minimum of ten years of law practice, at least five of which must have been as a general practitioner. Nomination Deadline is Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • Virginia State Bar Awards of Merit, Local Bar Leader of the Year Award, Specialty Bar Leader of the Year Award, and Bar Association of the Year Award nomination criteria have been posted to the CLSBA website. The deadline for Awards of Merit entries is Friday, April 17, 2020, and the deadline for Local Bar Leader of the Year, Specialty Bar Leader of the Year, and Bar Association of the year is Wednesday, May 6, 2020.


Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Job Openings

The Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (VIDC) was statutorily established in 2004, replacing the Public Defender Commission, to protect the Constitutional right to counsel for people who cannot afford to hire their own lawyer. The VIDC oversees 25 public defender offices, 3 satellite offices, and 4 capital defender offices across Virginia, with a central administrative office that certifies attorneys seeking appointments in criminal cases. The VIDC currently has opening for Assistant Public Defenders in Norfolk, Fauquier and Lynchburg. Click here for complete details.


Upcoming Events of Interest to MRWBA Members

  • There will be a VSB Techshow on Monday, April 27, 2020, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond. Up to seven hours of CLE, with three hours of Ethics are pending. Please notify your members of this event. (If you would like more information about the Techshow to post on your website or in a newsletter, please let Paulette Davidson know.) Online registration is available at
  • Orchard House school is hosting a conference on adolescent girls. This is geared toward parents, educators and others who regularly work with adolescents. The speakers span a wide variety of topics from social media to LGBTQ to race, culture, and identity. This would be an excellent topic for anyone who works with adolescents. I believe it could be especially informative for anyone working in the legal system especially family or juvenile law including GALs and intake. Please consider attending and/or sharing with your network.


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New Members

    We welcome our new members:

      • Anna Dimitri, State Corporation Commission
      • Alyssa Fetterolf, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
      • Rebecca Hutchinson, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
      • Dena Rosenkrantz, Virginia Education Association
      • Kimberly Settersten, Capital One
      • Andrea Shaia, Student, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
      • Brooke Taylor 
      • Yanie Yuan, Burtch Law
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      MRWBA Upcoming Programs

      Registration is now open for the remaining MRWBA luncheon programs for the 2019-2020 bar year. All luncheons are held at Willow Oaks Country Club. Registration begins at noon, lunch service begins at 12:15 p.m.

      Coming up we have:

      The Ethics of Email and Social Media: A Top Ten List. Wednesday, March 4. McGuireWoods LLP partner Tom Spahn will present an interactive program using hypotheticals to explore the unique and quickly evolving ethics issues involving the widespread use of email and social media. Approved for 1 CLE Credit. Register by noon, March 2nd!

      Thanks to this month's Platinum Sponsor:

      Thanks to this month's Gold Sponsor:

      Annual Legislative LuncheonWednesday, April 15. Hear from members of the Virginia Senate and House as they discuss the 2020 legislative session and the legislation that was most important to them. 1 CLE Credit Pending.

      Annual Business Meeting and Lunch with the Judges,  Wednesday, May 20. Join MRWBA for its annual business meeting where we’ll recognize the 2020-2021 bar year Board and enjoy an opportunity to engage and interact with our local judges. Last year, we had eleven local judges join us!

      Visit the Events page of our website to register for these or any of the upcoming sessions.


      Member News

      Pictured above, left to right, Doris Henderson Causey,
      Michele Satterlund, Jackie Stone and Carla Jackson.

      Virginia Lawyers Weekly honored their 2020 class of Influential Women of Law at the John Marshall Ballrooms on February 18th. The honorees included three MRWBA members:

      • Laura T. Alridge, Boleman Law Firm, Richmond
      • Jennifer M. Fox, Barnes & Diehl, Richmond
      • Jacquelyn E. Stone, McGuireWoods, Richmond

      Above, left to right, Michele Satterlund,
      Melanie Friend and Jennifer Fox.


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