MRWBA News Update             May 18, 2022

Welcome New Members!

  • Stephanie Gilliard, Esq., Colonial Downs Group
  • Emily Sumner, Esq., Sumner Immigration Law
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      New Board to Take Office at Annual Meeting

      During the Annual Business Meeting on May 25th, members will be asked to approve the slate of Officers that has been developed for the 2022-2023 Bar Year:

      • President: Sherry Fox, Fox Family Formation
      • Immediate Past President: Mollie Barton, Stiles Ewing Powers
      • President Elect/JCE Chair: Mary Hunt, Family Law Associates of Richmond
      • Vice President: TBD
      • Secretary: Lucy Davis, Lucy Davis Law, PLLC
      • Treasurer: Amy Smith, IslerDare PC

      Additional Directors/ Committee Chairs are:

      • Awards Chair: Krista Samuels
      • Communications: TBD
      • Diversity & Inclusion: Misty Whitehead
      • Legislative Chair: Co-Chairs;  Claire Gastanaga and Tara Brown
      • Membership Chair: TBD
      • Mentorship Chair: Danielle Matie
      • Programs Co-Chairs: Danielle Matie and Angela MacFarlane
      • Sponsorship: Katherine Groover

      Nominations will be accepted from the floor.


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        From the President

        Entering into my last week as President of the MRWBA, I find myself reflecting on the past bar year and conducting my own sort of strategic plan review:  Did we accomplish the tasks we set for ourselves?  Did I meet my personal goals?  Do we feel proud of what we managed to do?  How can we help the organization thrive in the future?

        Given the limiting circumstances of an enduring pandemic, including financial restraints and restrictions on gatherings, I think we should be pleased with the MRWBA’s successes.  We hosted several in-person socials and luncheon meetings, including a panel of women legislators, after a long hiatus. Our dedicated board members and administrator continued to meet regularly by Zoom and applied creativity and ingenuity to adapt to the current environment. We participated in a virtual Diversity Roundtable with local judges. Sponsors stepped up and helped balance the budget, so our financial situation feels more secure than it did this time last year. 

        As an ambitious person, like most of you, I feel there is so much more still to do. We long for more connectivity. Our budget could still use an infusion of funds (donations are welcome). And there are undiscovered opportunities to increase and celebrate the depth and diversity of our membership. 

        Our incoming President, Sherry Fox, and next year’s board are well equipped to continue striving toward and accomplishing the MRWBA’s objectives. I anticipate some sensational events and opportunities in the 2022-2023 bar year!

        The future of our organization is bright.   

        Mollie Barton
        MRWBA President


        Help MRWBA Celebrate the 2022 Woman of Achievement!

        Please join us for our Reception and Annual Woman of Achievement Awards presentation on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:15 until 7 p.m. at Willow Oaks Country Club as we honor our 2022 Woman of Achievement Award Winner, enjoy some networking time and hold MRWBA's Annual Business Meeting. Click here to register.

        We'll induct another amazing Woman of Achievement who will join the ranks of our past winners.


        Pictured above are some of our past Woman of Achievement award winners (top row, left to right): Colleen Quinn 2018 honoree, Julie McConnell 2019 honoree, Teri Miles 2020 honoree, (bottom row, left to right) Carolyn Grady 2020 honoree, Judge Elizabeth Hanes 2021 honoree, and Judge Jayne Pemberton 2021 honoree.

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