Hampton Roads Chapter

PRESIDENT 
Sarah J. Schmidt

PAST PRESIDENT
Carmelou ("Lu") G. Aloupas

PRESIDENT-ELECT 
Jessica A. Clark

TREASURER 
Shemeka C. Hankins 

SECRETARY
Angela Diaz

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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. 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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Hampton Roads Chapter
Luncheon Panel 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hampton Roads Chapter
Welcomes New Chapter Officers

Please join us in welcoming and congratulating our 2021-2023 Board! We are grateful for their service and excited for what’s to come.

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100 Years of Women Leaders in the Law

The year 2020 marks 100 years since the General Assembly voted to admit women to the Virginia State Bar.

Our lunch panel on January 28, 2020 celebrated this occasion with words of wisdom from Justice Cleo E. Powell, Anita Poston, and Vanessa T. Valldejuli.  It was a discussion our attendees from the local judiciary,  bar, and law school are not soon to forget.  We are honored to recognize these women as outstanding women leaders in the law. 

Special thank you to our panel moderator, Dean Kimberly Van Essendelft, Regent University School of Law, and our sponsors Pender & Coward, P.C.  and Aloupas Law, PLLC  for their generous support!

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