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The Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Women's Attorneys Association is committed to advancing the interests of women attorneys in Virginia, encouraging their mutual improvement and social interaction, and promoting the interests of women under law. Richmond chapter members are involved in many activities such as judicial candidate screening, legislative events, CLE programs and the awarding of a public service scholarship at the University of Richmond.


On June 29, 2017, the Richmond Chapter held a reception celebrating Richmond Women of Achievement: Doris H. Causey, the incoming president of the Virginia State Bar and the first African-American woman elected; and Margaret F. Hardy, the first woman elected President of the Sands Anderson Law Firm.


The Chapter hosted a special event on April 11, 2016 at the University of Richmond Law School featuring outstanding members of the Virginia judiciary, entitled "The Robe Becomes Her: Women Judges Share Their Pathways to the Bench. Three of our local judges, The Honorable Marilynn C. Goss, Richmond Juvenile Domestic Relations Court; The Honorable Catherine Hammon (Ret.), Henrico Circuit Court; and The Honorable Jacquline S. McClenney, Richmond General District Court were part of the informal discussion.


The Richmond Chapter held a networking lunch on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the office of LeClairRyan.

The Richmond Chapter hosted speaker Angelia Fritter on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the offices of Hirschler Fleischer. Ms. Fritter spoke on "Ringing the Bell: Strategies for Success at Work, In Court and In Life," and involved general strategies for enhanced effectiveness. As part of the event, a new spa in Richmond donated a free facial for a raffle drawing.


On December 7, 2010 the Chapter hosted our third Holiday Party at the Chasen Art Gallery in Carytown. The Holiday party is given in honor of our local female judges. We were pleased this year to honor our special guest, The Honorable Barbara Keenan of the U.S.Court of Appeals 4th Circuit. Judge Keenan's distinguished career and devotion to public service is an inspiration to all attorneys. The gala event was well attended by local attorneys as well as Judges, government attorneys and both state and local bar representatives.

On June 25, 2010 we welcomed Rita Ricks to our chapter luncheon. Ms. Ricks spoke on "Managing the Whole You: Successfully Managing Time and Stress and Creating a Work Life Balance".

On April 27, 2010 the Chapter sponsored a 1 hour ethics CLE, "Legal Ethics & Social Networking" at the University of Richmond Law School. James M. McCauley, Esq., ethics counsel for the Virginia State Bar gave our members and guests timely tips and information regarding ethical considerations for lawyers using or considering the use of social networking sites. At the conclusion of the seminar, member Darrell Mason presented the chapter's scholarship award to Catharyn Teplansky. The scholarship is given to a student who will be engaged in a service oriented summer job.

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