MRWBA News Update  February 17, 2021

Welcome New Members!

    • Diana Dominguez, Student, University of Richmond School of Law 

    • Camera ElliottStudent, University of Richmond School of Law

    • Sarah Hallock, Esq., Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

    • Alexandra Hamm, Esq., Byrne Legal Group

    • Tiffany Ngo, Student, University of Richmond School of Law

    • Andy Oconnell, Student, University of Richmond School of Law

    • Katherine Poindexter, Esq.,  Katherine E. Poindexter, P.C.

    • Seneca Tsang, 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!


    Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Training

    Central Virginia Legal Aid Society needs pro bono assistance with uncontested no fault divorces. A 1-hour virtual training session TOMORROW, February 18th from noon to 1 p.m. will provide you all the resources you need to handle a case (no family law experience or litigation required).  Sign up here and learn how to handle simple no fault divorce cases.

    Also coming up soon is the CVLAS' Hotline Advice Line Training session. Following this virtual training on March 31 from 12 - 2 p.m., pro bono attorneys will sign up for one or more 2-hour VIRTUAL shifts in JusticeServer to provide Advice & Counsel to clients with family, consumer and employment law issues. Resources and Mentorship available. Sign up here. 


    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 educates and empowers women in relation to their gynecologic health. 

    The next webisode will be Disparities When it Comes to Gynecologic Cancers & How We Can Close the Gap and it will air on Thursday, March 4th at 11:30am ET. The conversation, moderated by Valerie Smaldone and with panelists Carol Brown, MD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dineo Khabele, MD of Washington University School of Medicine, will focus on the often overlooked issue of inequalities in the incidence, prevalence and mortality of gynecologic cancers. To register, click here.

    A recording of webisode #1, Gynecologic Cancers: Facts & Differences, is available on the Tina's Wish website.


    Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 23rd, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., as MRWBA plans it’s next (virtual) Mentorship event. During the event, we will also be awarding the Phoebe Hall Mentorship Award.

    Complete details on the event will be coming soon.

    Our thanks to the sponsor of this event, Williams Mullen.


    Reminder to Register: 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.


    Nominations for Phoebe P. Hall Mentorship Award Due by February 26

    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


    Don't Forget to Submit Your Nomination for the MRWBA 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.


    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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