MAY 2020

From the President

Dear Members,

As I turn the presidency of MRWBA over to the capable hands of Britney McPheron, I want to say what an honor it has been to lead such an wonderful organization.

An organization is only as strong as its members, and I am reminded weekly that the individuals who join together to make MRWBA what it is, are some of the most capable, smart, thoughtful and strong women that I have known, and it has been my pleasure to serve as this organization's president.

The road ahead is not yet clear, and it’s hard to predict today what new social rules will apply in a post-COVID19 world, but whatever the new world looks like, I am certain MRWBA will move forward in a way that is relevant and valuable to the many women who practice law in this region.

Thank you for all your support during my year of service.  It’s been a great year, and I wish Britney McPheron and the new board all the best as MRWBA moves into the 2020.2021 bar year.


Michele Satterlund



Annual Legislative "Luncheon" Held Online

On April 15th, MRWBA was joined by a virtual Who's Who of Virginia politics when a panel of state legislators joined us for a live webinar. They discussed bills from this year's General Assembly session as well as the legislative process. Though we were unable to gather in person, the session was extremely informative. 

Our thanks to all of our Legislators for their flexibility in offering this session.

Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne

Delegate Carrie Coyner

Senator Siobhan Dunnavant

Senator Ghazala Hashmi

Senator Jennifer McClellan

Senator Ryan McDougle

Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg


Staying Connected at Home

We want to stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis.  Please share selfies of your home offices with Mary Kidd at and Laura Manchester at  We’ll post the photos on our social media pages to better help us all stay connected!

My name is Dana Parsons and I am the Vice President & Legislative Counsel with LeadingAge Virginia - an association of not-for-profit aging services organizations serving residents and clients through life plan/continuing care retirement communities, senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes, adult day centers and home and community based services. I am also the CLE Chair for the MRWBA. 

During this challenging time for our members I am focused on supporting them with COVID-19 regulatory guidance.

My husband (also an attorney) and I set up an office in our dining room and we take turns throughout the day working with our daughter (10) and son (9) with their remote learning.


Hello, my name is Mansi Shah.  I am an attorney with the Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney Office and the current MRWBA Treasurer. I have been working from home since March 17th.  These are my new “co-workers” and “students” and whenever we feel down or cranky, we go outside and breathe in the fresh air! 


For past issues of our newsletter, click here.

Annual Meeting Goes Virtual

Join MRWBA's Board and past presidents for our Virtual Annual Meeting on May 20th. The Slate of Officers for 2020-2021 will be presented to the membership for a vote. In addition, there are proposed revisions to the Bylaws that will be presented to the membership for approval.

A copy of the Slate and the Bylaws will be distributed to all members by e-mail prior to the meeting.


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Member News

MRWBA board member Laura Manchester is passionate about reducing mental health stigma and normalizing mental health issues and treatment in the legal industry.  She has, along with a professional colleague, put together a podcast series, “Mens Sana: A Motion for Mental Health.”  Laura’s mission is to start a conversation about ways in which lawyers can more easily approach the subject of mental health at work and at home. The podcast covers a variety of topics like personal mental health journeys, self-assessment, daily mental health management, and a variety of interviews with VIPs of the legal and mental health worlds. Stream Season 1 (episodes 1-18) on the Anchor link to the podcast here: Anyone who has this link can open the podcast there to listen directly, or listen on any platform they use (Spotify, Apple podcasts, etc.).

Stay tuned for Season 2 debuting soon, and follow on social media for updates (Facebook: Mens Sana: A Motion for Mental Health; Instagram: @amotionformentalhealth)!


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