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Pictured are Barbara S. Williams and the Honorable Deborah C. Welsh
(Photo by Sarah Huntington)
At the investiture of Deborah C. Welsh as General District Court judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit on June 29th, Barbara S. Williams presented a congratulatory gift on behalf of the Loudoun Chapter. Judge Welsh has been an active member of the Chapter throughout its history. Her elevation to the Bench is a matter of great pride to the Chapter. Ms. Williams, a founding member of the chapter, shared memories of Judge Welsh's years in private practice with the audience during this solemn occasion before presenting the Judge with a plate inscribed with the Chapter's congratulations.
Chapter Meeting Minutes
The President empanelled a Judicial Screening Committee to consider candidates for the vacancies created by the announced retirements of the Honorable James Chamblin and Thomas Horne from Loudoun County Circuit Court. The Committee consisted of the President, Mary L.C. Daniel, Kate Fitzgerald, Bonnie Hoffman and Renae Patrick. After conducting interviews and undertaking deliberations, the Committee submitted its recommendation to the VWAA Board. Upon the Board's approval, the Committee distributed its recommendation to membership, the Loudoun County Bar Association, all local legislators in the House of Delegates and Senate and the chairs of the Courts of Justice Committees.
The Chapter added two new members during this quarter, bringing the membership total in all categories up to 48. This represents more than a doubling of membership in less than two years. The Chapter seeks a membership goal of ending the fiscal year with fifty members.
The Chapter hosted VSB President David Harless at a Luncheon on April 18th at Tuscarora Mill Restaurant in Leesburg. Chapter member and VSB Diversity Chair Peter Burnett gave introductory remarks on diversity. All VWAA members, local Bar associations westward to Winchester and members of the public were invited to this dialogue.
The Chapter partnered with the Loudoun County Bar Association (LCBA) to reinvigorate the Rule of Law Project for middle schoolers. Based on the encouragement and support of VWAA-Loudoun, the LCBA began a pilot program in one local school. The initial run took place on February 26-27 and met with enthusiasm by both the faculty and students. The LCBA's Law Foundation holds funding to continue this worthwhile project.
The Chapter held its Winter Social on February 5th at Tuscarora Mill Restaurant in Leesburg. VWAA President Mary Grace A. O'Malley made the occasion special by visiting the Chapter and meeting many of our new members. VP Stephanie Troxell organized the event, now in its second year. Members were encouraged to bring colleagues and friends who might be interested in joining the chapter and two new members joined shortly after the lively evening's event.
The Chapter has made a donation to the annual Law Camp organized by the Loudoun and Fauquier County Bar Associations. Law Camp takes place in June and introduces high school students to the judicial and legal process.
Held our annual and award-winning Adoption Day on November 10th in collaboration with the Department of Family Services. The Honorable Thomas Horne, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court, presided at the celebratory event in which adoptive families participated. At the end, to the chapter's surprise, he presented us with an Order declaring the date Adoption Day on the Court's calendar and expressing the thanks of the Court for our efforts.
Have increased membership to nearly double our numbers. The Chapter now has 46 members in all categories of membership.
Held the next in our Luncheon with the Judges series with a program by the Honorable Dean Worcester of Loudoun General District Court on November 6th.
Held a CLE on "New Developments in State Appellate Practice" on October 18th. The program was presented by Lantagne Publishing, which worked with us last year for a CLE.
Have partnered with the Loudoun County Bar Association to reinvigorate the Rule of Law Project for middle schoolers.
Presented a congratulatory gift, an inscribed plate, to long-standing member and now Judge Deborah C. Welsh at her June 29th investiture to the Bench of the 20th Judicial Circuit General District Court. Chapter Founder Barbara Williams made the presentation. The chapter supported the reception that followed the investiture along with the Loudoun County Bar Association.
The Chapter presented a gift to the Honorable James H. Chamblin of the Loudoun County Circuit Court in recognition of his 25th years on the Bench. Former VWAA President Chris Mougin-Boal, who is the Chapter Treasurer, spoke of Judge Chamblin's concern for diversity at the presentation, assisted by Chapter President Betsy Sue Scott. The Chapter's presentation was part of a Loudoun County Bar Association luncheon to honor the Judge.
Have welcomed two new members to the chapter since the last report and have renewed all but four memberships, bringing chapter membership above the 40-mark.
A May 30 Lunch with the Judge Series hosted The Honorable Avelina Jacob of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
VWAA-Loudoun has partnered with the LCBA to examine involvement in the Rule of Law Project and to donate funds for the annual Law Camp for 24 high school students from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties. The Chapter is considering a summer gathering for members and their families.
VWAA-Loudoun presented Loudoun Interfaith Relief with a check for $3,400 as the net proceeds of the chapter's successful Empty Bowls fundraiser. The presentation took place on March 21, 2012 at the Loudoun County Bar Association luncheon. LCBA ran a food drive before the presentation with a large response from the legal community in Loudoun.
The Chapter held its "Lunches with the Judges Series" on February 29th. The Honorable Julia T. Cannon of the General District Court: Judge Cannon, who will retire from the bench in April, spoke to a standing room only gathering of Loudoun attorneys about her experiences in the practice of law. VWAA-Loudoun presented her with a Proclamation expressing gratitude for her service to the Court and community.
VWAA-Loudoun has held numerous public and chapter-only events since the last VWAA Board meeting. On February 1, 2012, Loudoun chapter members, friends and colleagues joined VWAA President Kate Reese for an evening gathering at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg. The chapter appreciated President Reese's attending and enjoyed the updates of state-wide VWAA activities.
Pictured are Chris Mougin-Boal, VWAA-Loudoun Treasurer and Immediate Past President of VWAA, Betsy Sue Scott, President of VWAA-Loudoun, and Bonnie Inman, Executive Director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief. (Photo by Christina Newton of VWAA-Loudoun)
VWAA-Loudoun presented Loudoun Interfaith Relief with a check for $3,400 as the net proceeds of the chapter's successful Empty Bowls fundraiser on December 10, 2011 to fight hunger in the community. VWAA-Loudoun's Empty Bowls fundraiser is a biennial event where local potters hand-throw bowls and donate them to VWAA-Loudoun. The chapter offers the bowls for sale to the general public with soup donated by Leesburg's leading restaurants. VWAA-Loudoun Treasurer and VWAA's Past President Chris Mougin-Boal organizes the event with volunteers from the chapter.
The recent Empty Bowls fundraiser coincided with holiday events in Leesburg on December 10th, 2011. The fundraiser is a biennial event where local potters hand-throw bowls and donate them to VWAA-Loudoun. The chapter offers the bowls for sale to the general public with soup donated by Leesburg's leading restaurants. VWAA-Loudoun Treasurer and VWAA's Immediate Past President Chris Mougin-Boal organizes the event, which, this year, included high school singers from Loudoun County. Volunteers from the chapter work in various capacities to make this a very successful event. Bonnie Inman, Executive Director of Loudoun Interfaith Relief, thanked VWAA-Loudoun and the LCBA for their efforts to fight hunger in the community at the presentation.
On November 12th, the Chapter hosted its Annual Adoption Day, a program started in 2006. Seventeen families participated to celebrate the adoptions that took place during the year. The Loudoun County courtrooms were full with children, attorneys and judges. The Loudoun Department of Family Services provided food and VWAA-Loudoun members festively decorated tables and serving area. The Conference of Local Bar Associations of the Virginia State Bar presented VWAA-Loudoun with an Award of Merit for a Sustaining Project for the November 2010 Adoption Day program.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE): On October 19, 2011, an Ethics CLE entitled Ethics in State Appellate Practice was held at the Loudoun County Court House Community Events Room, Leesburg.
Special Luncheon: On October 4, 2011, the Chapter hosted Virginia State Bar President George Shanks at a luncheon in Leesburg for Chapter members and local attorneys.
On June 9, 2011, the Chapter sponsored a CLE titled "Bankruptcy and Domestic Relations: The Interplay of State and Federal Law" held in the Loudoun County Court House Community Events Room in Leesburg.
Senior Symposium: On April 9, 2011, the Chapter presented the first Senior Symposium, A free educational program for seniors, their families and concerned citizens highlighting presentations on Medicare, Fraud Protection, Geriatric Care Management, Hospice and Palliative Care Issues and Funeral Planning. The Conference of Local Bar Associations presented the Chapter with an Award of Merit at the Virginia State Bar Annual in June for this first-time program.
Sponsorships provided by:
Premier Sponsor - Access National Bank, Great Falls Assisted Living
Gold Sponsor - Sandy Spring Bank
Silver Sponsor - Spring Arbor Residential Living
Bronze Sponsor - Elder Tree, LLC, The Business Bank, Comfort Keepers, Evercare, Heartland
Lunches with the Judges Program: Our most recent lunch was on February 28, 2011- Lunch with Judge J. Frank Buttery, Jr. General District Court Judge