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"All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them."

~ Justice Felix Frankfurter

Law: The Ultimate Power Tool
October 17-19, 2014
The Tides Inn
Irvington, Virginia

Room Rates:

VWAA has reserved a block of rooms at $187 per night with the Tides Inn. (A daily resort fee of $22 per room based on single or double occupancy, applicable taxes and a one-time portage fee of $7.50 per person will be charged in addition to the $187 room fee.) Reservations for a room in the block must be made by September 15, 2014. To book a reservation, please call the Tides Inn at 1-804-438-5000.


The Tides Inn is a beautiful award-winning venue on the Chesapeake Bay. We look forward not only to the educational aspects of this conference but also spending time together, having s'mores on Friday night, and perhaps, going for an invigorating walk on Saturday morning. Please explore all the offerings at the Tides Inn which include kayaking, their spa, and golf (of course).

We are pleased to announce that the Virginia Women Attorneys Association's 2014 conference titled "Law: The Ultimate Power Tool" will be held on October 17-19, 2014 at the Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia. A power tool equalizes. You do not need brute strength to build things or tear them down. This is what law does or is supposed to do — it equalizes. With the law, we can try to achieve justice for our clients, create corporations and tear down institutionalized injustice.

As attorneys, we wield that power tool and with us rests the responsibility to learn how to use it well, whether in the courtroom, in the boardroom, or in administrative proceedings.

Law: The ultimate power tool

We recently passed the 70th anniversary of Rosie the Riveter, one of the most recognizable feminist images, whose pose has been emulated by rock stars, movie stars, and cartoon characters. We are reminded not only of the inspiration of the women who stepped up to serve when called upon, but of the challenging motto, "we can do it!" It is up to us to determine what it is we can do — I think we can do anything.


Please note that forms can be filled out online for your convenience and then printed to mail with your payment.

Some of our conference highlights will include:

Drilling Down to the Issues: Not all conduct in the workplace is discriminatory — what is and what are the current trends for these issues. Women attorneys have become a larger portion of the workforce and we are increasingly "the boss".

Presented by Carla Brown of Charlson Bredehoft Cohen & Brown, P.C. and Lynn Jacob of Williams Mullen.

Forging in the Foundry of Justice, The Rule of Law for We the People. Building on our collective experiences, we will discuss the Rule of Law and its role in the creation and evolution of our democracy.

Presented by the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law and the Diversity Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Riveting Your Ethical Protective Shield: Protecting Your and Your Clients' Interests in the Event of Your Disability, Death, or Other Disaster — We Can Do It. In the recent economic turmoil, law school graduates were unable to find employment and experienced attorneys who thought they were established in firms found themselves the subject of some harsh economic decisions. A number of our members are merging law firms or closing their firms to join other practices. We also have members who are now looking towards retirement. Life happens. How we protect ourselves and our clients' interests when life does happen?

Presented by Frank Brown, Esquire and approved for two (2) hours of MCLE/ethics credit.

Working with Wood and Iron. Sunday morning will feature a golf tournament at the beautiful Golden Eagle Golf Club, and will give players the opportunity to engage in some friendly competition. Golf Registration Information and Golf Sponsorship Information

Should you need more information, please feel free to contact Kathryn Dickerson at (703) 790-1900 or at, and we look forward to spending the weekend with you.

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