CHAPTERS: Northern Virginia
News & Information
We are seeking volunteers to participate in a monthly mentoring initiative for female high school students at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria. Sessions will be held once per month from 3:15 - 4:00 pm immediately after students are released from schools. Volunteers will meet with female students interested in a career in the legal profession. For more information, please email Natalia Wilson at NWilson@ainbanklaw.com
We are also currently seeking volunteers to mentor young women in the Foundations Program through the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Volunteers must be available to meet with the mentee at least twice a month. If you are interested in participating in this program, please email Camille A. Crandall at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and a short description of your background, interests and why you are volunteering to be a mentor. This information will be used to help match you with the best young woman in the program.
The Northern Virginia Chapter Mount Vernon held its first Initiative at Mt Vernon High School on January 9, 2017. We talk to young women who are interested in pursing a legal career. They have a wide range of future goals, from prosecutors, to trial attorneys to local politicians and community activists. Additional Initiatives were held on February 9, March 13, and April 24.
On January 4, 2017, the Northern Virginia Chapter held a 2017 Legislative Preview at the Fairfax Court House. Many of our local legislators (The Hon. Dave Albo, The Hon. Chap Petersen, The Hon. Marcus Simon, The Hon. Scott Surovell, The Hon. Jill Vogel, and The Hon. Jennifer Wexton) joined us to talk about what's coming up in the 2017 General Assembly Session.
Our Holiday Reception, held on December 7, 2016 was another great success. We are overwhelmed and incredibly grateful for all of the support and donations we received from all of our members and guests. We would not be able to throw such a great party without your continued support. Please know that you have made a huge difference in the lives of many children in our local area by your toy and monetary donations to Northern Virginia Family Services.
A Brown Bag Lunch and CLE was held at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, VA on October 20, 2016. The topic of the CLE was All the Things We Can't Say: A Virginia Lawyer's Obligation to Confidentiality and Professional Comportment. Speakers included: Justice Jane Marum Roush, Supreme Court of Virginia (Ret.), Judge Teena Grodner, Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court (Ret.), Beth Bittel, Esq., The Law Offices of Beth Bittel, PC, and Su Yong Min, Esq., The Law Offices of Su Yong Min, PLLC.
A panel discussion on Alternative Dispute Resolution was part of the Chapter's Networking Lunch held on April 28, 2016 at the Fairfax County Courthouse. Participating on the panel were the Honorable Robert Wooldridge (Ret.), The McCammon Group; Grant Moher, Esquire, President of Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia; Teresa S. Cole, Esquire, President-Elect of Virginia Collaborative Professionals; Megan Johnston, Director, Northern Virginia Mediation Services; Virginia Hoptman, Esquire, Beyond Conflict; and Charlie Rowan, Esquire, Mediation from the Heart.
The Annual Ethics Seminar was held at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks on March 24, 2016. The event was moderated by the Honorable Paul F. Sheridan (Ret.).
On March 12, 2016 the Northern Virginia Chapter held a Color of Justice Program at the Fairfax County Courthouse. It provided an opportunity for high school and middle school students who are interested in the legal profession to directly interact with lawyers and judges.
NVWAA is pleased to announce that we made a donation to Grace Mann Launch Award. The Grace Mann Launch Award is given to a graduating senior every year who will be going out into the world and doing the good that Grace Mann would have done to promote social justice and equality, social change and /or advocate for victims of sexual assault or prejudice.
On January 19, 2016, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee interviewed eleven candidates for two anticipated vacancies on the Fairfax County Juvenile Court and Domestic Relations District Court. The results of the screening interviews and additional information about each candidate can be found in the letter issued by the Virginia Women Attorneys Association on February 12, 2016.
A Legislative Luncheon was held on January 7, 2016 at the Fairfax County Courthouse. Delegate Richard C. Sullivan, Jr.; Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, Delegate Dave Albo, Senator J. Chapman Petersen and newly elected Senator Scott Surovell discussed hot topics of this legislative session.
On November 9, 2015, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee interviewed seven candidates for one present vacancy on the Fairfax County Circuit Court and one anticipated vacancy on the Fairfax Circuit Court. The results of the screening interviews and additional information about each candidate can be found in the letter issued by the Virginia Women Attorneys Association on December 14, 2015.
Additionally, on November 10, 2015, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee interviewed eight candidates for two anticipated vacancies on the Fairfax County General District Court. The results of the screening interviews and additional information about each candidate can be found in the letter issued by the Virginia Women Attorneys Association also on December 14, 2015.
Our Holiday Reception was held December 2, 2015 at The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
On November 19, 2015, a Happy Hour was held at The Greene Turtle in Fairfax. We collected an amazing amount of money and toy donations for Northern Virginia Family Services from our members and guests at our Annual Holiday Reception. We received a thank you note from NVFS for the generous donation.
On November 12, 2015 a Networking Lunch was held at the Fairfax County Courthouse. A panel discussion was moderated by the Honorable Thomas P. Mann on pro bono opportunities for lawyers in Northern Virginia
On Monday, October 5, 2015, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee interviewed eleven candidates for the anticipated vacancy on the Arlington County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court. The results of the screening interviews and additional information about each candidate can be found in the letter issued by the Virginia Women Attorneys Association on November 5, 2015.
A Fall Happy Hour was held at Flat Iron Steak & Saloon on September 23, 2015. At this event we collected items for donation to the Alternative House.
On July 26, 2015 a Summer Brunch was held at Judge Henenberg's house.
On June 10, 2015, the Annual Potluck was held at The Honorable Kimberly J. Daniel's house where items were collected for Women Giving Back.
On March 12, 2015, the Annual Ethics Seminar was held at the Fairfax Mariott.
On February 26, 2015 a Networking Lunch was held at the Fairfax County Courthouse where the topic was The ABC's of Business Formation and Dissolution.
A Young Professionals Mixer was held at the Hilton McLean on February 19, 2015.
Our annual Holiday Reception was held December 3, 2014 at the Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens. We honored the following new judicial appointees: the Honorable Grace Burke Carroll, the Honorable Wallace S. Covington III, the Honorable Jeanette Irby, and the Honorable H. Jan Roltsch-Anoll.
On November 18, 2014, a Happy Hour was held at Coyote Grill.
On October 16, 2014 a Networking lunch was held at Maggiano's. Speakers covered the basics of financial planning, focusing on unique challenges facing attorneys, such as managing cash flow and saving for retirement and education.
Our first happy hour of the year, held on August 19, 2014 at Flat Iron Steak & Saloon in Alexandria, certainly drew a crowd! Thank you to all who made the event such a success. As an added bonus to our members, we collected school supplies for the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) via Volunteer Alexandria. Due to the generosity of our members, we collected approximately 50 items for children attending ACPS. Thank you to everyone who graciously donated!
Our April quarterly luncheon is scheduled for April 22, 2013 from 12:30 1:30 in the jury assembly room of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. Chap Peterson spoke and discussed the legislative agenda and process.
Our Ethics CLE was held of April 17, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. at the Fairfax Marriot at Fair Oaks. Our moderator was The Honorable Paul Sheridan (Ret.) and our panelists were attorneys Ben DiMuro and Seth Guggenheim.
Our holiday reception occurred on December 5, 2012 and was a great success. Planning is already underway for next year same place for the first Wednesday in December 2013.
Our October quarterly luncheon was a highly attended. Judges Brodie, Saxe, Grodner, and Henenberg attended and addressed the participants.
On May 1, 2012, the NOVA Chapter hosted our first ever minority bar social networking event. The event was a wine tasting at The Curious Grape in Arlington, and we co-hostws with NOVABAA, APABA, and the HBA. While we have partnered with our minority bar organizations for Colors of Justice every year, we have not ever had an event solely focused upon networking with each other.
In April, we held our Annual Ethics CLE at the Fair Oaks Marriott. It was an Ethics CLE that was moderated by Judge Paul Sheridan (retired, Arlington Circuit Court) and had an amazing panelist of speakers choose ethical dilemmas to discuss and analyze based upon their own litigation and/or legal experiences. This year, our panelists included George Shanks, President of the Virginia State Bar. We were very honored and excited to have him given the distance he traveled to attend. Our other panelists were wonderful as well; we had Judge Penney Azcarate (Fairfax General District Court), Arlene Beckerman (Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center), and Susan Pesner (Pesner Kawamoto PC). While most ethics CLE can be a bit boring, we pride ourselves in that our CLE is anything but boring! Judge Sheridan does an amazing job keeping everyone engaged and the audience involved in the discussions. It's always a lot of fun!
Although the HBA hosted Color of Justice this year in March, the NOVA Chapter had attendees there and felt the entire event was quite successful. It's always a great event, so we were glad to help this year as we had hosted last year.
NOVA's Quarterly Luncheon Series has been quite successful this year. In February 2012, Judge Thomas Mann (Chief Judge of Fairfax JDR) was our guest speaker and attracted a wide audience of solo, family, and criminal practitioners as well as several male attendees. It was a diverse and interesting lunch filled with helpful tips and lively debate.
We launched our Facebook page this quarter, and we are working on our Linked In page. While both pages require further work and a dedicated Board Member (someone I am lacking at the moment), it is my hope that our membership will grow and utilize these social media websites more and more. We further need to start taking photos at events for posting purposes. This is definitely our major area of work-in-progress.