Roanoke Chapter

The Roanoke Chapter, formerly known as the Roanoke/New River Valley Chapter, was officially recognized as a chapter by the state organization in 1987. The chapter has grown from informal lunch meetings of four to five women in the mid to late 1970s to the over 40 current members. Networking, mentorship, and professional and personal support continue to be its hallmarks.

The Roanoke Chapter holds regular monthly meetings, annually offers free or low cost CLEs to Roanoke Valley attorneys, and has traditionally provided pro bono support to local organizations such as Total Action Against Poverty (now known as Total Action for Progress), the Roanoke Valley Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, and the Turning Point women's shelter. In local schools, the chapter has participated in "Law Day" poster contests and in the Rule of Law Program in conjunction with the Virginia Law Foundation and the Virginia Bar Association. Service to the community is an important characteristic shared by the members.

Chapter News

Roanoke Chapter
Incoming VWAA Vice President/ President-Elect for 2023-2024

Nancy Reynolds, Vice President 2023-2024

VWAA celebrates Nancy Reynolds, its incoming Vice President/President-Elect for the 2023-2024 year.


Roanoke Chapter
Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

VWAA applauds its member Jennie Waering of the Roanoke Chapter celebrating Juneteenth.


Roanoke Chapter
Award of Merit Received

Award of Merit Presented to Roanoke Chapter

On June 16, 2023, the Virginia State Bar Association Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations presented an Award of Merit to the Roanoke Chapter for its Meet ‘N Greet Your Legislators bar project.


Roanoke Chapter
Virginia Business Magazine's 2023 Women in Leadership Honoree

Congratulations to Autumn Visser!

Congratulations to Autumn Visser


Chapter Officers

Katie M. DeCoster

Mary Beth Nash

Jean Mumm

Lindsay Phipps

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Meetings

Members should contact the Roanoke Board for locations. The meeting dates for 2023 will be set at the November Board meeting.

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Member Achievements

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