Professional According to Whom?

On June 17, 2022, the VWAA hosted a luncheon panel exploring expectations for women’s appearance and attire in the courtroom and the law firm. Our moderator Shemeka C. Hankins brought together Justice Cleo E. Powell, Judge Linda Bryant, Judge Roxie O. Holder, and Judge Tameeka Montgomery Williams to share their observations and personal experiences to touch on issues of implicit bias, discrimination, and the intersection of race, gender, and cultural norms. Watch the panel discussion.

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Investiture of The Honorable Tania M.L. Saylor as Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court

The VWAA is honored to announce the Investiture of The Honorable Tania M.L. Saylor as Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. The ceremony of Investiture of Judge Saylor, a member of the VWAA, will take place on Friday, May 6th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Fairfax County Courthouse, Courtroom 5J. Please join in congratulating Judge Saylor on this momentous occasion.

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Northern Virginia Chapter
Judicial Screening Interviews for One Anticipated Fairfax County General District Court Vacancy

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter’s Judicial Screening Committee will conduct interviews of applicants for the anticipated vacancies on the FAIRFAX COUNTY GENERAL DISTRICT COURT.  Interviews of applicants for the Fairfax County General District Court vacancy will be conducted on May 10, 2022.

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Prince William Chapter
Manassas Mayor Awarded

Manassas Mayor Michelle Davis-Younger shares a video of her acceptance of an award from the Virginia Women Attorneys Association.

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Investiture of The Honorable Melinda L. VanLowe to Take Place on April 1

The VWAA is honored to announce the Investiture of The Honorable Melinda L. VanLowe as Judge of the Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court. The ceremony of Investiture of Judge VanLowe, a member of the VWAA, will take place next Friday, April 1st, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Fairfax Courthouse, Courtroom 5J. Please join in congratulating Judge VanLowe on this momentous occasion.

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Results of Interviews fo Vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia

The VWAA  Judicial Screening Committees interviewed seventeen (17) candidates via Zoom or Teams for the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia created by the retirement of the Hon. William C. Mims.  An additional eleven (11) candidates who participated in the application process for the Virginia Court of Appeals and/or prior Supreme Court of Virginia vacancies were given the opportunity to maintain their prior VWAA rating and opted to do so.  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 March 18, 2022.

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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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Prince William Chapter
2021 Justitia Award

The Prince William Chapter of the VWAA will award the 2021 Justitia Award at the Prince William County Bench Bar Dance in April 2022. The Call For Nominations has begun.

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Prince William Chapter
High Tea

On February 19, 2022, the ladies of the Prince William Chapter of the VWAA enjoyed high tea and supporting a local business, Weinegars.

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Investiture of The Honorable Melissa S. Cardoce

The VWAA is honored to announce the Investiture of The Honorable Melissa S. Cardoce as Judge of the Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court. The ceremony of Investiture of Judge Cardoce, a member of the VWAA, will take place next Friday, February 11th, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Fairfax Courthouse, Courtroom 5J. Please join in congratulating Judge Cardoce on this momentous occasion.

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Prince William Chapter
Annual Retreat

The Prince William Chapter’s annual winter retreat was held at Moose Manor at Lake Anna in January 2022. The women attorneys enjoyed rest, relaxation, and revelry.

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Hampton Roads Chapter
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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Prince William Chapter
Holiday Party

The Prince William Chapter of the VWAA sponsored a Holiday Party with Vanderpool Frostick and Nishanian. Through the generous donations of our members and guests, we were able to donate hundreds of dollars of supplies and gift cards for families in need at the SERVE Family Shelter.

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Interview Results for Vacancy in 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

On November 18, 2021 the Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee conducted virtual interviews of five candidates for an anticipated vacancy in the 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Arlington County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. 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 December 8, 2021.

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Interview Results for Vacancy in 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Fairfax General District Court

On November 17, 2021 the Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee conducted virtual interviews of five candidates for the anticipated vacancy in the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Fairfax General District Court. 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 November 30, 2021.

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Northern Virginia Chapter Judicial Screening Interviews for Arlington County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court Vacancy

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee will conduct virtual interviews of applicants for the anticipated vacancy on the Arlington County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court  on November 18, 2021.

Applications must be returned to Christie Leary via email at christie.leary@leary-law.com or via the online Judicial Candidates Questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2021. If completing the questionnaire online, please enter christie.leary@leary-law.com for item 4.  The application can also be requested from Christie Leary at christie.leary@leary-law.com.

Please also include a photograph and biography with your application.

NVWAA and/or VWAA members who practice in the Fairfax County Circuit Court are needed to sit on the panel. Please contact Christie Leary at at christie.leary@leary-law.com or (703) 359-7111 as soon as possible if you are able to participate.

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Northern Virginia Chapter Judicial Screening Interviews for the Anticipated Fairfax County General District Court Vacancy

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee will conduct virtual interviews of applicants for the anticipated vacancy on the Fairfax County General District Court on November 17, 2021.

Applications must be returned to Michelle Kaminsky via email at mkaminsky@khitelaw.com or via the online Judicial Candidates Questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on November 15, 2021. If completing the questionnaire online, please enter mkaminsky@khitelaw.com for item 4.  The application can also be requested from Michelle Kaminksy at mkaminsky@khitelaw.com.

Please also include a photograph and biography with your application.

NVWAA and/or VWAA members who practice in the Fairfax County Circuit Court are needed to sit on the panel. Please contact Michelle at at mkaminsky@khitelaw.com or (703) 766-0732 as soon as possible if you are able to participate.

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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.

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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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Northern Virginia Chapter Judicial Screening Interviews for One Anticipated Fairfax County Circuit Court Vacancy

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee will conduct virtual interviews of applicants for the anticipated vacancy on the Fairfax County Circuit Court on September 20, 2021.

Applications must be returned to Jamel Rowe via email at jrowe@livesaymyers.com or via the online Judicial Candidates Questionnaire by 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2021. If completing the questionnaire online, please enter jrowe@livesaymyers.com for item 4.

Please also include a photograph and biography with your application.

NVWAA and/or VWAA members who practice in the Fairfax County Circuit Court are needed to sit on the panel. Please contact Jamel at jrowe@livesaymyers.com or (703) 865-4746 as soon as possible if you are able to participate.

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Judicial Screening Interviews for Anticipated Vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association’s Judicial Screening Committee will conduct interviews of applicants for the anticipated vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Interviews of applicants for this vacancy will be conducted virtually via Zoom on October 26, 2021.

Candidates interested in applying should submit an application to Maureen E. Carr and Michelle Parker, Co-Chairs of the Committee, by September 30, 2021 at 5:00pm by: 

  1. Downloading the application as a PDF and emailing the completed application to mcarr@beankinney.com and mparker@decklaw.com; or
  1. Completing the application electronically and listing mcarr@beankinney.com and mparker@decklaw.com in the field for question #4. 

The Rules of the Judiciary Screening Committee can be found at http://www.vwaa.org/assets/components/pdfs/judiciary/VWAA_Judiciary_Committee_Rules.pdf

VWAA members who practice in the Supreme Court of Virginia are needed to sit on the Committee.  To apply for a seat on the Committee, please contact Maureen E. Carr (mcarr@beankinney.com) and Michelle Parker (mparker@decklaw.com) by September 21, 2021.

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