MRWBA News Update  January 20, 2021

Welcome New Members!

  • Lyndsey Bisch, Esq.
  • Diana Miller, Esq., Bowman and Brooke
  • Ashley Phillips, Esq., EDVA Richmond Division

Find contact information for all members in the Member Directory

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Student memberships are complimentary!

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Save the Date - Mentorship Spring Event Planned

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 30th, from 6 to 8 p.m., as MRWBA plans it’s next (virtual) Mentorship event. During the event, we will also be awarding the Phoebe Hall Mentorship Award.

Watch for the nomination form and complete details on the event.

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Tina's Wish EmpowHER Series

MRWBA is pleased to collaborate with Tina's Wish as a Community Partner for their EmpowHER Series! The monthly webisode series will educate and empower women in relation to their gynecologic health. Webisodes will feature subject matter experts and moderators with personal connections to gynecologic cancers. Knowledge is power! Everyone is invited to join us on this inclusive journey. Each webisode will offer closed captioning in English and Spanish and last 30-40 minutes.

The first webisode will be Gynecologic Cancers: Facts & Differences and it will air on Thursday, February 4th at 11:30am ET. Former CBS news anchor & 2X ovarian cancer survivor Joyce Kulhawik will be the moderator and gynecologic oncologist Leslie Boyd, MD from NYU will be one of our panelists. To register, click here.

For more information about the EmpowHER Series or Community and Sponsoring Partner opportunities, please download the brochure here or contact Beverly Wolfer, bwolfer@tinaswish.org. To be added to the mailing list for EmpowHER Series updates, click here.  To learn more about Tina’s Wish research, click here.

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Diversity on the Bench Lunch-In

Join MRWBA on February 3rd as we celebrate Black History Month and welcome local judges for a discussion of diversity on the bench. The panel will highlight gains made in the area of diversity and challenges still facing members of the bench and bar.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Judge Rondelle Herman, Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, 
  • Judge Jacqueline McClenney, Richmond City General District Court  
  • Judge Pamela O’Berry, Chesterfield General District Court and Colonial Heights General District Court 

Click here for complete details or to register.

Our thanks to our Gold Sponsor, IslerDare PC, for their support.

For details on other upcoming programs, including our legislative update in April, click here.

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Nominations for MRWBA Woman of Achievement Award Extended to March 31!

As we announced last fall, due to the pandemic the Awards program that we normally hold in December has been shifted to the spring. It is currently being planned for May 26th. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold some sort of hybrid in-person/virtual event at an outdoor location. Because of this shift, the nomination deadline for the Award has been extended to March 31st.

As our members know all too well, women lawyers often feel ‘invisible’ to firm, corporate and government leaders when it comes to being recognized for the work they do. To help us address this issue on a local level, each year the MRWBA Woman of Achievement Award recognizes a member who “exemplifies legal professionalism.” Our list of past honorees reads like a virtual Who’s Who of the Metro Richmond women's legal community, and we still need your help to find the 2020 Woman of Achievement!

Click here for criteria and the nomination form.

All nominations are due no later than March 31st. Questions? E-mail Awards Chair Blaire Hawkins O’Brien.

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Awards Deadlines

The Awards Committee announces that the following deadlines are approaching for nominations for various awards and recognitions.  Please consider nominating one of your accomplished MRWBA colleagues, or throw your own hat in the ring!  Any questions or requests for assistance may be directed to the Awards Committee Chair, Blaire O'Brien, at blaire.hawkins@gmail.com.

  • The Virginia State Bar is seeking nominees for its Family Law Service Award. The Family Law Service Award is 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. This award is given no more than one time per year.  The recipient is determined by a majority vote of the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section from nominations made by the members of the Family Law Section. The Family Law Service Award is presented at the Annual Family Law Seminar in April at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.  The nomination form may be accessed hereNominations may also be sent to: VSB Family Law Section, Attn. Dolly C. Shaffner, Family Law Section Liaison, by email: FamilyLaw@vsb.org; by post: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-0026; or by fax: (804) 775-0501. Nomination deadline, January 29, 2021.
  • The Virginia State Bar is seeking nominees for its Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Law. This award was established by the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section to recognize and honor an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The award will be given at the discretion of the VSB Family Law section Board of Governors.  The Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the Annual Family Law Seminar in April at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.  The nomination form may be accessed here.  Nominations may also be sent to: VSB Family Law Section, Attn. Dolly C. Shaffner, Family Law Section Liaison, by email: FamilyLaw@vsb.org; by post: 1111 East Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-0026; or by fax: (804) 775-0501. Nomination deadline, January 29, 2021.

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We Appreciate our Sponsors’ Continuing Support During these Challenging Times


MRWBA’s events, even the virtual ones, are possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. These sponsorships provide an opportunity to promote your brand to a demographic of well-educated, professional women with an average salary of $101,126 per year. E-mail admin@mrwba.org for details on available sponsorships.

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