Hampton Roads Chapter

The Hampton Roads Chapter was formed in 1992 as the South Hampton Roads Chapter. It draws its members from a wide geographic area, including Newport News and Hampton on the Peninsula, as well as Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk on the Southside.

Chapter Officers

Shemeka Hankins

Karen Elligers 

Elisabeth Moore

Priscilla Knerr

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Chapter News

Hampton Roads Chapter
2023 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to our members who have been chosen as 2023 Super Lawyers From the Hampton Roads Chapter.


Hampton Roads Chapter
Kickoff Meeting

The Hampton Roads Chapter held their first meeting of the new term on August 18, 2022 at Wasserhund Brewery in Chesapeake! At the kickoff, they collected donations of school supplies for Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk. Each item of school supplies brought, entered you into a raffle.


Hampton Roads Chapter
Luncheon Panel Event

VWAA Hampton Roads/Regent Law Career Services Event

On February 28, 2022, VWAA Hampton Roads and Regent Law Career Services hosted a luncheon panel event celebrating and learning from promoted female attorneys in our community. Attendees, both virtual and in-person, heard stories, lessons, advice, and wisdom from the Honorable Lisa M. Lorish of the Virginia Court of Appeals, the Honorable Helivi L. Holland of the Suffolk General District Court, Ellis H. Pretlow of Kaufman & Canoles, and Sarah McCoy of the Virginia Port Authority.


Hampton Roads
Holiday Toy Drive Was Another Success

We are so grateful for our members’ generosity in making the holidays special for children in our community. In this year’s toy drive, we were able to donate toys and gifts to 8 children in Norfolk Social Services and Menchville House in Newport News. We love this annual tradition and look forward to making the holiday season brighter again next year.


Hampton Roads Chapter
Interview with the Honorable Tameeka Williams

On October 20, 2021, we had the pleasure to honor, celebrate, and learn from Norfolk’s newest General District Court Judge, and our very own, Hon. Tameeka Williams.

It is with great joy that we celebrate our members’ successes, and encourage women attorneys to strive for success in both personal and professional life.


Hampton Roads Chapter
Fall School Supply Drive

On September 17, 2021, we dropped off the contributions from the school supply drive at our fall kick off! We are honored to have benefitted Jane H. Bryan Elementary in Hampton, Virginia.


Meetings, Initiatives & Events

The Chapter's goals include providing members with enhanced benefits such as increased opportunities for networking, referrals, and social interaction with peers and members of the judiciary.

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