APRIL 2020

From the President

Since I last sat down to write the president’s message, the world has changed. Many of us are now working from home, balancing our day-to-day practice requirements, while juggling childcare, and for many, taking on the responsibility of teaching children. We’re worried about our families and friends, not only for their health and well-being, but for their financial futures as well.

It’s not an easy situation, and I suspect that many of you, like me, are struggling to figure out how to serve your clients in these unprecedented times. But we will figure it out. And I’m confident we’ll make it to the other side of this strange time, because at some point, as Maya Angelou once said – it’s going to get better: 

“What I know is that it's going to be better. If it's bad, it might get worse, but I know that it's going to be better. And you have to know that. There's a country song out now, which I wish I'd written, that says, 'Every Storm Runs Out of Rain.' I'd make a sign of that if I were you. Put that on your writing pad. No matter how dull and seemingly unpromising life is right now, it's going to change. It's going to be better. But you have to keep working."

In the meantime, however, please feel free to reach out if you need to talk or if you are worried. MRWBA is a valuable resource for support, and even if we can’t meet in person, we can still engage, whether virtually, by telephone or through a quick email.

We wish you all the best through this time. And we encourage you to join us virtually for our April Legislative “Luncheon” on April 15. Rather than cancel the luncheon, our Platinum Sponsor, Locke & Quinn, along with our Gold Sponsor Atlantic Union Bank, have agreed to join us in a virtual event, where we’ll still hear from legislators, and you’ll still have an opportunity to ask questions, but it’ll be done virtually. It will be free to members and we are applying for one and a half hours of CLE.

Take care of yourselves and I’ll “see” you at the April luncheon event!


Michele Satterlund



Last Chance to Submit Board Nominations

While we know things are challenging at the moment, our hope is that brighter times are ahead, and as such, Metro Richmond Women’s Bar is currently seeking members to serve on the 2020-2021 Board of Directors.

Of course, the strength of any organization is built on its membership, and the diversity of the individuals and organizations that make up the MRWBA membership and Board of Directors have helped us to build the strong community that exists today.

We hope you’ll consider joining us. Click here for committee descriptions and click here for more details and the application. Applications should be submitted by end of day April 15th. 


Upcoming Program

Registration is now open for the Legislative "Luncheon" webinar!

Join MRWBA  for our Annual Legislative CLE "Luncheon" live Webinar. The program will feature a panel of state legislators who will discuss bills from this year's General Assembly session and the legislative process. This annual program provides a great opportunity to hear the inside story from local legislators and to participate in a Q&A with them on the burning issues of the 2020 General Assembly session.

1.5 hours of CLE Credit pending.

  • Webinar Opens to Participants 11:45 a.m.
  • Welcome and Introductions 12:00 p.m.
  • Program Begins 12:05 p.m.
  • Questions and Answers 1:00 p.m.
  • Adjourn 1:30 p.m.
Invited Legislators

Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne

Delegate Kirk Cox

Delegate Carrie Coyner

Senator Siobhan Dunnavant

Senator Ghazala Hashmi

Senator Jennifer McClellan

Senator Ryan McDougle

Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg

Delegate R. Lee Ware

Thanks to this month's Platinum Sponsor:

Thanks to this month's Gold Sponsor:

This program is free for MRWBA members. The nonmember fee is $15.00 (plus a $.50 credit card processing fee).

Please watch for an update soon on our Annual Meeting, which had been scheduled for May 20th.

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


Ethics of Email and Social Media Subject of March Meeting

On March 4th, McGuireWoods LLP partner Tom Spahn, pictured above, presented an interactive program to a full-house of MRWBA members and guests. The session made  use of hypotheticals to explore the unique and quickly evolving ethical issues involving the widespread use of email and social media in his program The Ethics of Email and Social Media: A Top Ten List.

Phoebe P. Hall Mentorship Award

Phoebe was a woman beyond her time, a true trailblazer. A strong, fierce, independent, driven woman who inspired so many other women throughout the years. She balanced work with family. We all remember her for her diligent work, but family and friends remember her as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She uplifted all of us both professionally and personally. I hope that many of you knew Phoebe. If you did not she was a pioneer of the women’s legal community here in Richmond. She was one of the founders of Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association, one of the first female trial lawyers in Richmond, a judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and judge pro tempore in the Circuit Court, CEO and Senior Partner of Hall & Hall, PLC, and Rector of Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors.

I met Phoebe in 2016 at a VCU Board meeting and was immediately impressed by her passion and drive. We worked together closely for the next two years and became close friends. She had high expectations of those of us at VCU, and constantly pushed us and inspired all to do better.  She made us think bigger, differently, and more creatively. She became Rector of the board in 2018 and led the board of trustees in the most effective and efficient way.

When Phoebe was inducted in the inaugural class of the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2018, she responded with “One of the most meaningful parts of my practice has been helping young lawyers develop into seasoned attorneys with character, expertise, and judgment beyond their years.” She took true pride in her employees and colleagues. Phoebe saw more in others than they saw in themselves. She didn’t believe in the words “I can’t” because everything was possible in her eyes. No goal was unattainable, no dream could not become a reality in the eyes of Phoebe. It didn’t matter what walk of life you came from, Phoebe believed in you and empowered you. She didn’t speak of rights or movements, she lived them and she instilled that mindset in every person she encountered. 

She was so proud of the people who worked at her firm, Hall & Hall, PLC, and the roles they played in the community. She helped so many lawyers as well as paralegals pursue their dreams and advance their careers. She led by example. So many of her mentees went on to become trial lawyers, judges, and highly respectable women of the community. One of many Phoebe’s legacy was her desire and commitment to mentor women.

All in all, Phoebe inspired and mentored each and every one of us. Phoebe so energetically always emphasized, “you never know, unless you try, and if you try, then you do… we MUST help others to try.”

Written by Karol Kain Gray, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Gray is accepting the Phoebe P. Hall Mentorship Award on behalf of Phoebe’s children, Franklin P. Hall, Jr. and Kimberly Johnson, and all of Phoebe’s closest friends and family.


For past issues of our newsletter, click here.

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 Kate Kulbok.  I am a personal injury attorney with Marks & Harrison and I work in the Hopewell office. I represent clients who have been injured by someone else’s negligence - primarily by car wrecks but also slip-and-falls and dog bites. 

Hi everyone, my name is Laura Manchester, and I practice corporate law as Deputy General Counsel of AllyAlign Health, Inc., a small healthcare insurance company. My dog Willow and I are enjoying the sunshine while on WFH.


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Wellness in Action - Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program

Since 1985, Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP, formerly Lawyers Helping Lawyers) has provided confidential, non-disciplinary assistance to Virginia’s legal professionals. VJLAP is readily available to help all members of the legal profession and their families who seek assistance managing mental health and substance use concerns. An attorney may contact VJLAP directly or a concerned friend, family, or colleague may make a referral. VJLAP will respond to all requests. Intervention may be quick, supportive counseling; a referral to a wellness support group or other treatment option; connecting the attorney to a volunteer or wellness support group; or monitoring longer-term progress. VJLAP’s confidential assistance is designed to promote recovery, protect the client, prevent disciplinary problems for the attorney, support their families and professional associates, and strengthen the profession.   You can contact VJLAP at 877-545-4682.  Also, you can join VJLAP’s support groups. For more information on support groups, visit VJLAP's calendar.

The MRWBA Archive is Going Digital!

Just a reminder that Mollie Barton, MRWBA Vice President, is collecting and digitizing historical material to document MRWBA’s history. If you have documents or photographs from past years (board meeting minutes, CLE materials, photos of member events or luncheons, etc.), please email  

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