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This year, our Chapter is accepting nominations for our first annual NVWAA Woman of the Year. We are asking our members to nominate a member who has played a historic role in our Chapter by (1) advancing the interests of women attorneys in Virginia; (2) fostering positive and professional social interaction, and (3) promoting womens' interests in the law.

If you would like to nominate an individual for this award, please forward Camille Crandall that person's name, contact information, and a brief description of why you believe this person embodies the ideals and goals of the NVWAA.

Our screening committee will then vote on the nominees, and the individual will be recognized in the Spring of 2016!

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On November 19, 2015, a Happy Hour was held at The Greene Turtle in Fairfax. Donations were collected for the Alternative House.

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.

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