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.
Congratulations to Autumn Visser!
Congratulations to our members who have been chosen as 2023 Super Lawyers from the Roanoke Chapter.
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.
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.
Members should contact the Roanoke Board for locations. The meeting dates for 2023 will be set at the November Board meeting.
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 email@example.com.
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