MRWBA News Update  September 23, 2021

Welcome New Members!

      • Shameka Harris, Esq., Cordell & Cordell
      • Kayla Humenick, Esq., O'Hagan Meyer
      • Carla JacksonEsq.Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
      • Catherine Lee, Esq., Virginia Education Association
      • Erika MacCormac, Esq., Winslow, McCurry & MacCormac PLLC
      • Elizabeth Miller, Esq.
      • Dascher Pasco, Esq., Breit Cantor Grana Buckner
      • Mariam Rasooli, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
      • Taylor Sorrells, Student, University of Richmond School of Law
      • Sharon Stuart, Esq., Stuart Law Firm, LLC
      • Sharon Ten, Esq., Bowen Ten PC
      • Laurel Via,  Student, University of Richmond School of Law
      Find contact information for all members in the Member Directory.


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        Updated Schedule: Tina's Wish EmpowHER Series

        MRWBA is pleased to collaborate with Tina's Wish as a Community Partner for their EmpowHER Series! The webisode series educates and empowers women in relation to their gynecologic health. 

        The next webisode will be Be Heard: How to Be Your Own Best Health Advocate and it will air on Thursday, December 9th at noon ET. To register, click here.

        Recordings of the first three webisode, Gynecologic Cancers: Facts & Differences, Disparities in Gynecologic Cancers and How We Can Close the Gap, and The Role Genetics Plays in Gynecologic Cancers are available on the Tina's Wish website


        President's Message

        I find that fall is always an exhilarating season with many new beginnings—the start of the school year, sporting events, apple picking, pumpkin patches, family holidays, turning leaves, and (eventually) cooler weather. 

        September seems to be slipping away as we settle into our new routines and adjust to the reality of another year altered by the COVID pandemic.  Amidst the hustle of work and personal obligations, I try to remember to take a few minutes each day to appreciate the positive energy and bounty of this season.

        We anticipate that October and November will be bustling with the upcoming election and several events designed for MRWBA members with varying interests and availability:  a “kick-off” Membership event will be in early October (details TBD,) followed by the Pro Bono Month luncheon (October 20 at Willow Oaks Country Club,) and a Mentorship event (tentatively scheduled for November 4.)  

        More details about the fall schedule will be announced soon.  I hope that you can join us for one or all of these experiences.


        Mollie Barton
        2021-2022 MRWBA President


        Congratulations to Judge Pemberton

        During the General Assembly’s special session last month, the Senate and House voted to elevate Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Jayne Pemberton (pictured at left to Chesterfield Circuit Court. She will replace Circuit Judge T.J. Hauler, who retired in December 2019. Judge Pemberton served as MRWBA's 2010 - 2011 President.


        Mentors Pairings

        The Mentorship Committee has been working to make all of the mentor/mentee pairings for the year and expects to send those pairings out by tomorrow, September 24th. If you want a mentor, or to serve as a mentor, and do not receive that e-mail, contact to let us know.

        Watch for details coming soon on the mentorship happy hour, tentatively scheduled for November 4th!


        Judicial Vacancies

        NOTICE is hereby given that the Judiciary Committee of The Bar Association of the City of Richmond solicits and invites suggestions from the Bench, Bar, and the public at-large of names of qualified persons to be considered for endorsement as candidates for 1) a vacancy on the General District Court for the City of Richmond occasioned by the elevation of the Honorable Claire G. Cardwell and 2) a forthcoming judicial vacancy in the General District Court for the County of Henrico occasioned by the upcoming retirement of the Honorable Thomas O. Bondurant, Jr.

        Suggestions must be in writing and should be mailed to Lelia N. Martin, c/o Richmond Bar Association, P.O. Box 1213, Richmond, Virginia 23218 or hand-delivered to her at the Bar office located at 707 E. Main Street, Suite 1620, Richmond, VA 23219. Nominations may also be e-mailed to Ms. Martin at It is incumbent on the sender to verify receipt of the nomination. Nominations must be received by 12:00 noon on October 8, 2021 in order to be considered. Please include contact information for the individual(s) whom you nominate.  


        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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