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  • Leaders in Law 2013 Honorees

    Congratulations to the following VWAA members for being honored among the 2013 Leaders in Law presented by Virginia Lawyers Weekly:

    Marni Byrum
    Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap
    James Hingley
  • Bonnie H. Hoffman Receives 2013 Heeney Award

    Congratulations to Bonnie H. Hoffman on being this year's Robert C. Heeney Award recipient as presented by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) on July 27, 2013.

    NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin said:

    "Apart from her public defender duties and her substantial work for NACDL, Bonnie Hoffman has a commitment to public and pro bono service that makes her extraordinary. I am honored to present the Robert C. Heeney Award to Bonnie for her commitment to NACDL and to the legal profession through her work to ensure justice and due process for all."
  • VWAA Thanks the 2013 Annual Meeting/Diversity Conference Forum Sponsors

    Compton & Duling, L.C.
    The Havrilak Law Firm, PC
    Holmes & Costin, PLLC
    Reese Law Office
    Renae Reed Patrick
    Burnett & Williams, PC
    Barbara S. Williams, PC
    Barnes & Diehl, PC
    Beverly Burton
    Clarence Dunnaville
    Law Offices of Cynthia Kaplan Revesman, PLC
    Mid-Atlantic Commercial Law Group, PLLC
    Allen Allen Allen & Allen
    Greehan, Taves, Pandak & Stoner, PLLC
    Law Office of Laurie Forbes, LLC
    Mary Grace A. O'Malley, PLLC
    Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC
    Virginia Diversity Foundation
    Virginia Tech
    Virginia Tech Office for Diversity & Inclusion
    Virginia Tech Office for Equity & Access
    Robert Stoney of Blankenship & Keith, PC
    VWAA - Loudoun Chapter
    Chris Mougin-Boal
    Michael HuYoung
    Peter C. Burnett
    Kathy Coleman
    Lisa Germano
    Rupen Shah
    Kailani Memmer
    Carole Capsalis
    Darrel Tillar Mason
    Joan McKenna
    Carolyn Carpenter
    Schaefer Law Group
  • 2013 Influential Women of Virginia Awards

    Congratulations to our members who are among the 2013 Influential Women of Virginia. The honor is extended to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large. Our distinguished members are:

    Leisa Ciaffone
    Leisa K. Ciaffone PC, Salem

    Lauren K. Ellerman
    Frith & Ellerman Law Firm, Roanoke

    Margaret F. Hardy
    Sands Anderson, Fredericksburg

    Hon. Rondelle Herman
    Henrico Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, Henrico

    Kamala Hallfren Lannetti
    City Attorney’s Office, Virginia Beach

    Monica Taylor Monday
    Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, Roanoke

    Hon. Mary Grace O'Brien
    Prince William County Circuit Court, Manassas
  • The VWAA Thanks the 2013 Conference Sponsors

    Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen
    Compton & Duling, L.C.
    Glasser and Glasser, P.L.C.
    Hampton Roads Chapter of VWAA
    Law Offices of Kelly Hite, PLLC
    McGuire Woods, LLP
    The McCammon Group
    Zavos Junker Law Group, PLLC
    Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC
    McCandlish & Lilliard, P.C.
    Northern Virginia Chapter of VWAA
    Mary Grace A. O'Malley, PLLC
    Prince William Chapter of VWAA
    Law Offices of Cynthia Kaplan Revesman, PLC
    Law Office of Elizabeth Pendzich, PC
    Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, PC
    Guynn, Memmer & Dillon, P.C.
    Greehan, Taves, Pandak & Stoner
    Ritenour Paice Mougin-Boal & Wexton
    Law Office of Laurie Forbes, LLC
    Minnesota Lawyers Mutual
    DiMuro Ginsberg, PC
    McQuade Byrum, PLLC
    Reese Law Office
    Farrell & Croft, PC
    Virginia Lawyers Weekly
    Burnett and Williams, PC
    Brolero LLC
    Detect Inc
    Greenberg Costle, PC
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Our Mission

The mission of the VWAA is to assist women attorneys in developing their professional practice and in achieving their potential, to bring about changes in the law and to affect public policy for the benefit of the women of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The VWAA was formed in 1981 to advance the interests of women attorneys in Virginia, to encourage their mutual improvement and social interaction, and to promote the interests of women under law. The VWAA remains the only statewide bar association dedicated to the needs of women attorneys in Virginia as professionals and as women.


A Call to Action to Support the Funding and Filling of Judicial Vacancies

On September 12, 2013, the VWAA joined eight statewide bar associations to adopt a resolution supporting the funding and filling of judicial vacancies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This action was consistent with and in furtherance of the legislative position adopted by the Board in September to support "public access to legal services through … promoting a funded judiciary and administration, including full funding for judges and clerks."

Read the full details and find out what you can do.

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New River Valley Chapter

Monthly Luncheon (2nd Tuesday of every month)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Amelia's Restaurant
Christiansburg, VA

Roanoke Chapter

April 16, 2014

CLE Luncheon - The Truth About Immigration Law: What Non-Immigration Lawyers Need to Know
12 pm - 1pm
402 S Jefferson St
Roanoke, VA 24011

Cost: $25.00 for lunch and a one hour CLE, .5 of which will be ethics
The Christine Lockhart Poarch law firm is leading the CLE and kindly sponsoring the lunch. RSVP to by April 10.

May 8, 2014

Lunch Meeting (Elections will also be held)
12 pm
4167 Electric Rd
Roanoke, VA 24018

Cost: $17.00, payable to "VWAA - Roanoke Chapter"
To attend, please reply to Leigh Strelka by Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Should you have any interest in serving as a VWAA Officer or as a Chapter Board Member, please contact Leigh Strelka prior to April 15, 2014.

Please visit our Chapter pages for additional event information and join the Listserv for regular news updates.