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VWAA's mission to assist women attorneys in developing their practices and achieving their potential is implemented in part, by periodic networking events such as our membership drive wine tasting. Our chapter sponsors the ciruit court clerks' reception in September. We are interested and involved in the legislative process and had a legislative breakfast at a member's office.

Our Chapter offers Continuing Legal Education.

Membership is open to all lawyers. First year lawyers and judges are free.

Prince William Chapter 2019 Justitia Award Call for Nominations

The Prince William County Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorney Association is considering nominations for the chapter's 2019 Justitia Award to be presented at the Prince William County Bar Association's Dinner Dance in April. The Justitia Award recognizes exemplary role models in the legal community who support and promote the goals of the VWAA and, in particular, demonstrate the following strengths:

  • Commitment to justice and the women of Prince William County
  • A generosity of spirit and skills
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Embodies the role of a trailblazer, coach, innovator, mentor, and groundbreaker

Do you know of someone in our community who should be recognized? If so, please submit your recommendations for the Justitia Award along with a statement as to the supporting qualifications by Friday, March 8, 2019 to:

Anna Bristle, Esq.
Bristle & Yi Law, PLLC
9200 Church St, Suite 202
Manassas, Virginia 20110
703.454.0701 / Fax: 703.649.6368 / Email:


The Prince William Chapter sponsored a CLE entitled Valuation of Business Interest in Equitable Distribution at PWC Judicial Center on February 8, 2019 and led by Judge Lorraine Nordlund. This 2-hour CLE provided insight to help members better prepare to present, analyze, and defend business valuations during negotiations and trial.

The Prince William Chapter's annual winter retreat was at Wescott House in Luray, Virginia January 18-20, 2019.


The Irving Law Firm was the setting for the Prince William Chapter's holiday party on December 7, 2018.

The Prince Williams Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association's Judicial Screening Committee conducted interviews of applicants on November 15, 2018 for the Thirty-First Circuit of Virginia, as a result of the General Assembly's anticipated funding of a sixth Circuit Court seat. Because the potential exists that the successful candidate for the vacancy on the Circuit Court may come from a lower court, a vacancy on either the General District Court or J&DR Court may also be created.

A wine tasting and chapter meeting was hosted by Kris Spitler at Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, PC in Manassas on November 14, 2018.

A chapter meeting took place at Monza on October 10, 2018.

The Prince William Chapter hosted a law clerk reception at Farell & Croft PC in Manassas, VA on September 27, 2018 to welcome the newest group of law clerks to the Circuit Court.


A holiday party was held on December 8, 2017 at The Irving Law Firm, PC. As part of the celebration, gift cards were collected to purchase individual gifts for children involved in our local court system.

On November 28, 2017, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association interviewed eleven candidates for a vacancy in the 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Prince William County Circuit Court occasioned by the retirement of the Honorable Craig Johnson, as well as any vacancies that may occur in the 31st Judicial Circuit of Virginia District Courts in the event a currently sitting lower court judge is elevated during this process creating additional vacancies. The results of the screening interviews and additional information about each candidate can be found in the letter issued by the Virginia Women Attorneys Association on December 7, 2017.

A Chapter meeting was held on July 12, 2017.

The Prince William Chapter held its annual meeting and elections on June 28, 2017.


Chapter meetings were held on May 19, 2016, April 21, 2016, March 17, 2016, February 18, 2016, and January 21, 2016 at Monza in Manassas, VA.

A Spring CLE on Equitable Distribution was held on March 3, 2016.

We held our 1st Annual Winter Retreat in the beautiful countryside of Gore, VA on January 29 - 31, 2016. It was an opportunity for VWAA members to have informal social time together.


On December 11, 2015 we held our annual VWAA holiday party. It was a good event, well attended, and raised money for GAL children.

On November 4, 2015 we had a beer tasting/pizza event at Bad Wolf.

On October 7, 2015 a Law Clerk Reception at Farrell & Croft in Manassas was well attended and we also welcomed our new clerks.

On September 30, 2015 a Reception was held for Kimberly Irving's investiture. We had good sponsorship and attendance.

Lisa-Johnson-Firth Our 2015 Justicia Award recipient is Lisa Johnson-Firth of Immigrants First, PLLC. As an immigration and human rights attorney, Lisa has an amazing history of supporting female victims of illicit trafficking, but perhaps the most persuasive support for her nomination comes from her work in immigration detention facilities during the 2014 influx. She self-financed a trip to the Artesia, New Mexico immigration detention center for herself, her associate attorney, and her intern to spend a week volunteering representation to the women and young children behind bars waiting for their immigration hearings. The stories of the suffering she personally saw are heart-wrenching - I strongly suggest you ask her about them at some point - but her willingness to fight for these mothers and children is an outstanding example of legal compassion at work.

Lisa presently owns her own law firm, Immigrants First, in the heart of Old Town Manassas. A large part of her law practice is assisting women who have suffered extreme violence and getting them legal status in the U.S. as well as access to other resources. She began immigration law through representing women subject to domestic violence and gender-based persecution, such as domestic violence, honor killings, female genital mutilation, rape, and forced abortion.

Lisa also teaches at Georgetown University Law Center a class on Immigrant Women and Human Rights, has served on the Board of ACTs/Turning Points and does all their immigration- related trainings, and is presently on the Greater Prince William Human Trafficking Task Force. Her prior legal work includes serving as the director of legal services at Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit that specialized only in womens human rights issues, as well as serving as the legal director at Break the Chain Campaign of the Institute for Policy Studies in DC to work with women who had been trafficked into the U.S.


The Prince William chapter held meetings in January, February and April.

In February, the Justicia Award was presented to Kris Spittler at the annual bench-bar dinner dance. She was nominated and selected as one of the founding members of our chapter and someone who is considered among the legal elite in her field.

In January, we agreed to sponsor the VWAA conference to be held on April 12 and 13, 2013.


The March 22, 2012 lunch function at Carmello's in Prince William was attended by Michael HuYoung & Manny Capsalis, both of whom talked about the Diversity Conference. The price was reasonable, the food wonderful, and the company a pleasure! VWAA is a member of the conference. Please see for more information


A Continuing Legal Education Seminar was presented on September 19, 2011 at Waterford at Fair Oaks. Maryse Allen spoke on the topics of Death & Divorce and Ethics.

Judge Barbara Milano Keenan spoke at the chapter luncheon on June 29, 2011 on the topic of educating the public about the legal system.

On June 23, 2011, we held our Annual Meeting at Joan Boardmans' home.

On May 26, 2011, a General Meeting and Election of Officers was held and Compton & Duling.

On April 28, 2011 a 2 1/2 hour CLE on education issues and advocacy was held.

In March, two women legislators, one from the City of Manassas and one from Prince William County, spoke about current topics and their involvement in the process.

Our Chapter presented the Justicia award at the Bar Dinner Dance in January. This award is given to a person who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to justice and the women of Prince William County with a a generosity of spirit and skills.

In January, Circuit Court Judges Mary Grace O'Brien and William Hamblen talked about the changes they have seen.

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