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The VWAA, Northern Virginia Chapter, has created two Facebook pages to assist our members with chapter awareness. We have a Group page entitled, NVWAA, and an individual page entitled, Northern Virginia Women Attorneys Association. Both pages will provide you access to our event publications, announcements, and information about our chapter as well as our state organization. Once you access and request membership to the Group page, you can "Like" the individual page by typing in the title in the Search box on your Facebook home page or the main page of Facebook. As we are new to Facebook, we are constantly improving and working on our pages. We hope to upload photographs of our events in the future, along with anything members determine would be of interest to the rest of the chapter.
It is our hope to utilize these pages in a professional and courteous manner, and in doing so, we created the NVWAA Social Media Policy. If you become a member and/or "Like" our pages, I ask that you review the policy and adhere to same when utilizing our Facebook pages. Please also keep in mind that our pages are only open to Members of our Chapter.
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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.