Roanoke Chapter

The Roanoke Chapter, formerly known as the Roanoke/New River Valley Chapter, was officially recognized as a chapter by the state organization in 1987. The 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 its hallmarks.

The Roanoke Chapter holds regular monthly meetings, annually offers free or low cost CLEs to Roanoke Valley attorneys, and has 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 local schools, the chapter has 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 the community is an important characteristic shared by the members.

Chapter News

Roanoke Chapter
Virginia Business Magazine's 2023 Women in Leadership Honoree

Congratulations to Autumn Visser!

Congratulations to Autumn Visser


Roanoke Chapter
2023 Super Lawyers

Congratulations to our members who have been chosen as 2023 Super Lawyers from the Roanoke Chapter.


Roanoke Chapter
Pearls of Wisdom Event

The Roanoke VWAA Chapter hosted the Pearls of Wisdom event at Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore on March 8, 2023 where we all learned about the ups and downs of practicing law for women attorneys, including Judge Leisa Ciaffone, Patice Holland, Lori Jones-Bentley and Monica Monday, and moderated by Julie Perry. The take-away was women attorneys are extremely resilient. This will be a model program for VWAA chapters across the state.


Roanoke Chapter
Meet'n'Greet Aims to Bridge Gap in Appointment Process

The Diversity Initiatives Committee and Roanoke Chapter host their first Meet'n'Greet for its members and local legislators. The evening was a success and the Diversity Initiatives Committee is excited to expand the program.


Chapter Officers

Risa Katz-Albert

Katie M. DeCoster

Lindsay Phipps

Jean Mumm

Mary Beth Nash

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Meetings

Members should contact the Roanoke Board for locations. The meeting dates for 2023 will be set at the November Board meeting.

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Member Achievements

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