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The Roanoke Chapter of the VWAA, which was formerly known as the Roanoke/New River Valley Chapter, was officially recognized as a chapter by the state organization in 1987. Over the years, the local chapter has grown from informal lunch meetings of four to five women in the mid to late 1970s to the over 40 current members. Networking, mentorship, and professional and personal support continue to be the hallmarks of the Roanoke chapter.
Within our legal community, the Roanoke chapter annually offers free or low cost CLEs to Roanoke Valley attorneys. Our most recent CLE was a fascinating and informative review of immigration myths and truths. Within our greater community, we have traditionally provided pro bono support to local organizations such as Total Action Against Poverty (now known as Total Action for Progress), the Roanoke Valley Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, and the Turning Point women's shelter. In our schools, we have participated in "Law Day" poster contests and in the Rule of Law Program in conjunction with the Virginia Law Foundation and the Virginia Bar Association. Service to our community is an important characteristic shared by members of the Roanoke chapter.
A Roanoke Chapter Board meeting was held on June 23, 2016.
A Roanoke Chapter Election Luncheon was held at Carlos on May 25, 2016.
On April 18, 2016 a CLE was held at Blue Five in downtown Roanoke. Erin Ashwell lead the topic discussion on Appellate Preservation.
On February 9-11, 2016, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Roanoke Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee interviewed seven candidates for one present vacancy in the General District Court for the 23rd Judicial Circuit occasioned by the elevation of the Honorable J. Christopher Clemens. 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 25, 2016.
Our Monthly Luncheons were held on January 7, February 17, and March 10, 2016.
On December 30, 2015, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Roanoke Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee interviewed three candidates for the present vacancy on the 23rd Judicial Court occasioned by the retirement of the Honorable Clifford R. Weckstein. 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 January 13, 2016.
A Judicial Reception was held at Blue Five's White Room on December 3, 2015.
On November 24, 2015 a Board meeting was held.
Statewide VWAA issued a proclamation in honor of Judge Dillon, a past VWAA statewide (and Roanoke Chapter) President who was appointed to the federal bench at the end of last year. It was presented to her at a Roanoke Chapter VWAA luncheon (View Photos) on November 4, 2015 at Table 50 Restaurant in Downtown Roanoke. The proclamation, drafted by Judge Dillon's friend Jonnie Speight, was read to Judge Dillon by Roanoke Chapter Secretary and Judge Dillon's former law partner, Susan Waddell. Judge Dillon was also presented with commemorative bookends as a token of the VWAA's recognition of Judge Dillon's accomplishments and contributions to the law.
Roanoke Chapter participated in the Washington & Lee Women in the Law Symposium - "Dare to be Different" at Washington & Lee University Law School on October 30, 2015. sPanelists included multiple Roanoke Chapter members.
On October 15, 2015 a Board Meeting was held.
On October 6, 2015 a Chapter Luncheon was held.
On September 24, 2015 a Board Meeting was held.
On September 2, 2015 a Chapter Luncheon was held.
On August 27, 2015 a Board Meeting was held.
Annual Elections were held on May 7, 2015.
On April 16, 2015 a CLE entitled "Building a 21st Century Law Firm: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes" was held at Schaal's Metamorphosis.
On March 4, 2015 a Chapter Luncheon was held.
On February 5, 2015 a Chapter Luncheon was held.
The VWAA congratulates member Ellen Weinman for being named 2014's Guardian Angel by the Children's Trust of the Roanoke Valley.
On December 29, 2014, Jennifer Dean, President of our chapter, joined with the other bar groups to present Judge Frank Rogers' robe at his investiture ceremony. Judge Rogers practiced as a Roanoke County attorney and served as a partner at Mundy Rogers & Associates before assuming the bench. Both ceremonies were marked by the attendance of the entire 23rd Judicial Circuit, as well as state representatives and locally-based congressmen. VWAA is proud to welcome both to the bench!
On December 4, 2014, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Roanoke Chapter, hosted its annual holiday reception to celebrate the local judiciary and their staff. Over 80 attorneys, judges and staff enjoyed the festive event, with high spirits and fellowship at Schaal's Metamorphosis downtown.
On November 21, 2014, Rachel Thompson, Vice President of our chapter, joined with the Roanoke Bar Association and the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association in presenting Judge Onzlee Ware his robe at his investiture ceremony. Judge Ware represented Roanoke in the House of Delegates for 10 years before retiring last November. He became the first black juvenile court judge for the 23rd Judicial District.
Chapter Luncheons were held on the first Wednesday of each month.
Our last two board meetings have been August 21, 2013 and September 17, 2013.
Chapter meetings were held on June 6, May 9, March 7, February 6, and January 10. We oscillated meeting locations between downtown Roanoke, Southwest County, and Salem City locations to better accommodate our membership.
A lunchtime CLE titled "Advocacy in Mediation" featuring The Hon. Pamela Sargent, The Honorable Diane Strickland, and The Honorable Robert Ballou was hosted by the Roanoke Chapter and held on April 18, 2013 at Schaal's Metamorphosis located in downtown Roanoke.
A Judicial Reception honoring our local judiciary was held and well attended by the local bar on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Schaal's Metamorphosis located in downtown Roanoke.
We held chapter meetings on November 8, October 3, and September 6. We oscillated meeting locations between downtown Roanoke, Southwest County, and Salem City locations to better accommodate our membership.
We formed a nominating committee to come up with a slate of officers which were presented and voted on.
We planned a casual get together in May at a paint your own pottery shop in downtown Roanoke.
On April 9, 2011, the Roanoke Chapter of VWAA hosted a picnic at Mill Mountain Zoo.
The Roanoke chapter had a "just lunch" meeting on March 15 in downtown Roanoke. Everyone is excited to revive our monthly meetings 30 people were in attendance.
We held our holiday reception on January 27, 2011 at Schaal's Metamorphosis located at 4025 Jefferson Street in downtown Roanoke, at 5:30 p.m. The Roanoke Chapter held a brief membership business meeting at 5:15 for the purpose of electing officers for the coming year.