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CHAPTERS: Hampton Roads

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The Chapter was formed in 1992 as the South Hampton Roads Chapter and is now known as the Hampton Roads Chapter. It draws its members from a wide geographic area, including Newport News and Hampton on the Peninsula, as well as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk on the Southside. The Chapter's goals include providing members with enhanced benefits such as increased opportunities for networking, referrals, and social interaction with your peers and members of the judiciary. We invite you to join the Hampton Roads Chapter of the VWAA so that you can participate in the many upcoming events planned. For more information, please contact the Chapter President.

The NPBA Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of Elizabeth Barrett Fitzwater for second year law students who intend to practice law in the public service/public interest sector in South Hampton Roads. Many of you knew Elizabeth Fitzwater, a talented attorney who demonstrated outstanding civic service, community leadership and dedication to the legal profession. She earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, her M.B.A. from Old Dominion University, and her J.D. from George Mason School of Law. In 1998, Elizabeth became an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Portsmouth. In 2007, she joined the Norfolk Division of the United States Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. As a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Elizabeth successfully prosecuted violent crime, drug and firearm offenses. Elizabeth also served as President of the Portsmouth Bar Association and was an elder of her church. Her passing as a result of a traffic accident at the young age of 43 was a loss not only for her family, but also for the entire community.

The Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship is in the amount of $2500. Please visit the NPBA website for additional information and a scholarship application.

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Plans for the year ahead were discussed at a chapter meeting and networking dinner on September 6, 2018.

The chapter cheered on the Norfolk Tides at a fun evening in the ballpark on August 22, 2018.

A chapter meeting was held on February 22, 2018 at Ynot Pizza in Chesapeake, VA.


A chapter meeting was held on August 10, 2016 at the Towne Bank.

We participated in the Pink in the Rink night to benefit the Susan G. Komen Tidewater Chapter on January 23, 2016.


Hampton Roads Chapter participated in an event at Regent University Law School in Fall 2015.


On November 22, 2014, we participated in the Carter Gunn Stressbuster 8K.

The 2nd Quarter Chapter Meeting was held on November 6, 2014.

We participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 11, 2014.

The 1st Quarter Chapter Meeting was held on September 15, 2014.


The Third Quarter Meeting was held on January 15, 2013. Our guest speaker was Claudia Gooch with The Planning Council Regional Task Force to End Homelessness, who is working with The Healing Place. She was joined by Board Member, Dr. Mallory Read. For several years, The Planning Council has coordinated the activities of the Regional Task Force to End Homelessness. That group is advocating that the region establish a Healing Place, which is residential substance abuse recovery for persons experiencing homelessness.


For the fourth year, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the VWAA participated in the Norfolk Social Services Holiday Foster Care Project. We raised money and purchased gifts for six children in the Norfolk Foster Care Project. The children's ages ranged from nine months to twelve years old. Once the gifts were purchased, a wrapping party was held on December 17 and the gifts were delivered to Norfolk Social Services the following day.

On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, we held the 2012 VWAA Hampton Roads Holiday Party at Gordon Biersch in the Virginia Beach Town Center. The Party was well-attended, the food was great and everyone had a great time.

The Chapter's Second Quarter Meeting was held on October 16, 2012.

On October 13, 2012, several members of the Hampton Roads Chapter participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Hampton Roads Chapter was invited to participate in the June 29, 2012 investiture of Judge Tanya Bullock, who was appointed to the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The Chapter presented the traditional VWAA paperweight and played a small role in the investiture presentation.

Since it was summer and things were a little more low key, we elected to have our 1st Quarter meeting at the Mermaid Winery in Norfolk Virginia's First Urban Winery. We had short business meeting followed by camaraderie, food and if members were interested, a wine tasting. The Chapter purchased appetizers from the Mermaid Winery Menu and members were responsible for the cost of the wine tasting. We had a good turnout and everyone had a great time.

Members of the Chapter participated in CHKD Run/Walk on June 16, 2012. More than 4,000 local and regional athletes, children and families joined the festivities which started and finished at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk.

Joining forces with the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, the VWAA - Hampton Roads adopted a team of students at Norview Middle School. Volunteer attorneys (Shemeka Hankins, Elizabeth (Blair) Toner, Ashley-Loren Grant, Kimberly Hartin, Adrienne Sayki, Kimberly Crump and Clare Lora, ana Safiya Porter) participated in the 6th Annual Model Judiciary Program for Norfolk Public Schools -- an 8 Week Program where students were taught basic trial skills and conducted mock trials in Norfolk Circuit Court. Students received instruction one day a week for approximately an hour and the trials matching one school's team against another's were held on Friday, April 20, 2012 in the Norfolk Circuit Court.

On March 9, 2012, the Chapter participated in our annual Regent Meet & Greet. While enjoying a casual lunch in Robertson Hall, a panel of six attorneys discussed topics such as appropriate dress for female attorneys, work/life balance issues and raising a family while pursuing a career. Students were able to ask questions of the panel and obtain materials on the VWAA.


On Wednesday, Decebmer 14, 2011 the Holiday Party was held on the Spirit of Norfolk. Wonderful turnout and we were able to dance the night away! The cost of tickets was subsidized by the chapter, resulting in total member cost of only $35.

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011 a CLE on Ethical Obligations When Lawyers Commit Professional Errors During the Course of the Representation was held. Presented by Timothy J. Gephart, Vice President, Claims (MLM) and Thomas J. Auth, Esq., Regional Sales Director.

On October 15, 2011, the Chapter participated in the Komen Race of the Cure at Virginia Beach Oceanfront at 31st & Atlantic. It was a 5K (3.1 miles) Run or walk. Several members participated in this event (Mary Morgan, Annie Lahren, Michelle Parker) and other members were there to cheer us on.

On October 12, 2011, the Chapter held its Second Quarter meeting.

On June 18, 2011, the Chapter participated in the CHKD run/walk in Norfolk.

On May 4, 2011, the Chapter held its Fourth Quarter meeting at the TowneBank Community Board Room. New officers were elected. Annie Lahren was elected as Treasurer and Michelle Parker was elected as Secretary. Mary Morgan, our President-Elect during the past fiscal year will take over as President on July 1, 2011 and will serve a two-year term as President as authorized by the Chapter.

The Chapter received 55 free movie tickets to the premier of "Something Borrowed" which members attended on May 3, 2011.

In April, the Chapter participated in the Legal Food Frenzy with donations providing food to over 1,000 people.

On March 23, 2011, the Chapter celebrated Women's History Month with a dinner at Sonoma Wine Bar and Bistro, honoring Karen Zello for her two years of service as the Hampton Roads Chapter President.

From February to April, 2011, the Chapter participated in the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association's ten week Mock Trial Program in which our Chapter trained Norview Middle School students for a trial in the Norfolk Circuit Court against another middle school.

During March 2011, the Chapter participated in the VWAA State Board's Judicial Committee screening of candidates for Virginia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals positions.

On February 18, 2011, the Chapter had a Meet and Greet luncheon at Regent University with a panel of members providing information to woman law students.

On February 3, 2011, members of the Chapter participated in the Regent University Speed Networking event.

On January 26, 2011, the Chapter held its Third Quarter meeting at the TowneBank Community Board Room.


In December 2010, the Chapter participated in the Foster Child Holiday project sponsored by the Norfolk Department of Human Services, shopping with donations from Chapter members to provide gifts for seven foster child siblings.

The Chapter had a good turn out for the holiday Spirit of Norfolk dinner cruise on December 8, 2010. As you can see from the photos, we had a lot of fun!

Chapter members braved the heat to help frame a few walls of a house at the Habitat for Humanity Women Build on Saturday, July 24, 2010. (From left to right:  Darlene "Master Measurer" Bradberry, Ellen “Hammer Time” Carlson, Chris “Gimme Power Tools” Floyd, and the Honorable Teresa “Tough as Nails” McCrimmon)

The Chapter had a great time at the Norfolk Tides evening game on July 20, 2010. Chapter members and other guests attended. (Ellen, we know you are not really wearing that Chapter t-shirt!)

The Chapter participated as a team in the run/walk for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) on June 19, 2010, wearing our new Chapter t-shirts.  It was a good cause to support and we had a lot of fun!

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