MRWBA News Update  February 3, 2021

Welcome New Members!

  • Amanda Huegerich, Esq., Roth Jackson
  • Anna Pesetski,  Student, William & Mary Law School
  • Courtni Weaver, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
Find contact information for all members in the Member Directory

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Student memberships are complimentary!


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, To be added to the mailing list for EmpowHER Series updates, click here.  To learn more about Tina’s Wish research, click here.


Employment Challenges for Women in the Legal Profession Lunch-In

Join MRWBA on March 3rd as we welcome employment lawyers Cherie Parson, Parson Law PLLC, and Barbara Queen, LawrenceQueen, to discuss the employment challenges facing women in the legal profession in honor of Women’s History Month.

Click here for complete details or to register.


Do You Know an Amazing Mentor?

The Phoebe P.  Hall Mentorship Award was established by the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association in 2019 in memory of founding member Phoebe P. Hall to honor outstanding mentors. Phoebe had a career as a distinguished Virginia attorney and Rector of Virginia Commonwealth University. She was a pioneer in Virginia law when she co-founded Hall & Hall, PLC in 1969 with her late husband, Franklin P. Hall, former leader of the Virginia General Assembly, and was the winner of MRWBA’s Women of Achievement Award in 2006. She was inducted into the inaugural class of the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame in 2018. Over the years she served as a mentor and friend to many young attorneys, and we are pleased to recognize her with the creation of this award. The inaugural Phoebe P. Hall Mentorship Award was posthumously awarded to its namesake in 2020.

Click here for details on the criteria.

All nominations are due no later than February 26th. Questions? E-mail Awards Chair Blaire Hawkins O’Brien


Nomination Deadline Extended for Woman of Achievement Award!

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.


Virtual Bench-Bar Conference

The Richmond Metropolitan Area Local and Specialty Bar Associations are bringing together nine judges and nine clerks from each level of court in Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond to provide you with the inside information on the newest changes and procedures for 2021 in all of the local courts. Bypass the confusion caused by the pandemic and get tips from the experts on scheduling cases, updated docket procedures, jury trial processes, planning for virtual trials, and everything else you need to know for an efficient, successful court practice. This is your “fast pass” to getting your case heard!

The program is scheduled for March 18th and qualifies for 3 hours of CLE credit. Click here for a copy of the flyer with complete details, or register online.


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 for details on available sponsorships.


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