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's Nancy Reynolds Sworn in as Director for NCWBA

Nancy Reynolds NCWBA Swearing in Ceremony

On August 5, 2022, Nancy Reynolds of the VWAA Roanoke Chapter was sworn in as a Director for the National Conference of Womens Bar Associations Board. The NCWBA is an Association for associations representing 35,000 women attorneys. The VWAA is a proud member and honored to see one of our own leaders serve on their Board.

Ms. Reynolds is a member of VWAA Roanoke Chapter and is serving as the 2022-2023 State Treasurer for the VWAA and a co-Chair of the Diversity Initiative Committee. She was also the recipient of the 2022 VWAA President's Award for her passion and dedication to women's development in law.

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Roanoke Chapter
2022 Events & Activities

Below is a list of upcoming events in 2022: 

A Meeting of the Membership on August 18, 5:00 pm, at the Green Goat.

On September 29 at 5:30 pm we will host a Meet ‘N Greet with our local legislators at Billy’s, 102 Market Street, Roanoke, VA 24011. 

We will have the Annual Judicial Reception on December 1 at 6:00 pm. The location is to be determined.

Finally, the Roanoke Chapter is working with Kate Reese to host a local You Be The Judge program for Spring 2023 and is planning a CLE program that will include a trip to a winery.

Updates will be provided as the year unfolds.

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Roanoke Chapter
Congratulations to Judge Melissa Friedman and Judge-Elect Heather Ferguson!

The VWAA congratulates the Honorable Melissa W. Friedman on assuming office on November 30, 2020 as a judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Roanoke and Judge-Elect Heather P. Ferguson on her election to the 23rd Judicial Circuit Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Roanoke.

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Interviews for Vacancy in 23rd Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Roanoke City, Salem City and Roanoke County Circuit Court

On December 19, 2019, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Roanoke Chapter's Judicial Screening Committee interviewed four candidates for a vacancy in the Twenty-Third Judicial Circuit of Virginia, Roanoke City, Salem City and Roanoke County Circuit Courtoccasioned by the retirement of the Honorable William D. Broadhurst commencing March 1, 2020. 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 January 14, 2020.

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Chapter Officers

PRESIDENT 
Risa Katz-Albert

VICE PRESIDENT
Katie M. DeCoster

TREASURER 
Lindsay Phipps

SECRETARY
Jean Mumm

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Mary Beth Nash

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Upcoming Events

September
29
2022

5:30 PM

Roanoke Chapter Meet 'n' Greet with local legislators at Billy's
Billy's | 102 Market Street, Roanoke VA 24011

This is a diversity initiatives effort for the legislators to get to know the talented women attorneys in their districts. DETAILS

December
1
2022

6:00 PM

Roanoke Chapter Annual Judicial Reception
TBD |

More details coming soon. DETAILS

Monthly Meetings

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

September
15
2022

12:00 PM

October
19
2022

8:00 AM

November
17
2022

12:00 PM

Member Achievements

VWAA’s Member Recognition Committee is excited to share the achievements of our members! If you’d like to include any achievements in our next newsletter, please contact Nanda Davis at nanda@davislawpractice.com.