Inside This Issue
Trust Account Management, pg. 2
2006 GDC Timesavers, pg. 3
2007 Ct. Closing Calendars, pg. 3
Circuit Court Conciliators
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! News from the Prince William County Bar Association
Program, pg. 3
SPECIAL ISSUE Volume XI Issue X November 2006
PRO BONO RECOGNITION
ACTS/Turning Points, pg. 4
LSNV, pg. 4
BARN, pg. 4
Pro bono report, pg. 5 President’s Message
Pro bono Attorney of the Year By W. Michael Phipps
Nominations, pg. 6
Hard to believe but this year is winding down. However, before we all “check out” for the
Web site updates, pg. 6 upcoming holiday season, there are a couple of things coming up that will be of interest to
Announcements, pg. 7
Before I get into that, I want to thank all the members who attended and supported the
PWC Bar Welcomes Newest
Members, pgs. 7, 8
Candidate’s Forums this fall. The PWCBA co-sponsored forums with the Prince William
Committee of 100 for the candidates in the following races: the 11th Congressional
Listserv Update, pg. 8 District, the General Assembly’s 50th District House of Delegates and the Chair of the
Prince William County Board of Supervisors. I think this was a positive experience for the
Young Lawyers Conference association and allowed us to continue to have an active role in the election process.
Update, pg. 8
I also want to thank Jim Willett and Casey Stevens for making their recent CLE
September BOD Meeting presentations just in the nick of time for the Halloween MCLE deadline. Was that a trick
Highlights, pg. 9 or a treat? I’m sorry to say that I missed them both. I was very organized this year and got
all my credits well in advance. Yep, got them all the first week of October.
Inserts Okay, enough of the recent past and on to the immediate future. The 2006 Character
Counts Essay Contest is fast approaching. Each year the PWCBA sponsors this event to
2007 Court Closing Calendars for encourage middle school student’s to consider and write about the following key character
Circuit Court traits: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. I
General District Court
J&DR District Court
encourage all of you to consider volunteering to participate in the reading and judging of
the student’s essays. Many are well written and thought provoking. Plus all of us could
Pro bono Attorney of the Year use a little remedial work in the character department. The cash prizes awarded in this
Nomination Form event are provided by a grant from the Prince William County Bar Foundation. Yet
another reminder as to what a vibrant and financially secure foundation provides to our
Annual CLE Survey membership. Don’t forget to support the PWCBF!!!
By now the members should have the annual Judicial Evaluations. Some have asked why
we continue our program when the Supreme Court of Virginia has instituted its own
Judicial Performance Evaluation Program. The answer is simple: the Supreme Court’s
program does not provide the evaluation information to the members of the General
Assembly and will not do so until 2010. It is vitally important that our legislators have the
bar’s input on our judges’ performance. Each of you should complete and return the
Judicial Evaluations in a timely fashion. I say this because our judges want to do a good
job and have grave responsibilities. They deserve to be complimented on what they do
well and they equally deserve constructive criticism where appropriate. It’s kind of like
voting. If you don’t vote, you shouldn’t complain about the kind of government we have.
If you’re unwilling to participate in the evaluations, you shouldn’t carp about a judge’s
Finally, Leadership Applications are due by November 10, 2006 and returnable to Amy
Ashworth. Continued, page 3
November 2006, page 2
Trust Account Management
By Janean S. Johnston, J.D.
Editor’s note: Ms. Johnston presented a CLE on Trust Account Management at the
October luncheon meeting. The following is an excerpt from her presentation,
printed with her permission. She began her presentation with the following questions
concerning trust account management practices at your law firm:
1. Is there a separation of trust and general operating funds?
Prince William County
2. Do you avoid co-mingling your funds with your clients’ funds?
Bar Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 31 3. Is your trust accounting current?
Manassas, Virginia 20108 4. Do you reconcile your trust accounts monthly?
5. In addition to your cash receipts and cash disbursement journals (or adequately
Offices 3rd Floor, PWC Judicial Center detailed and bound checkbook entries for each), do you maintain a subsidiary
9311 Lee Avenue ledger for each client?
Manassas, Virginia 20110 6. Do you perform a quarterly (at least) trial balance of the subsidiary ledgers?
7. Do you initial and date the above periodic reconciliations, in order to demonstrate
TEL (703) 393-8865 your oversight of the trust funds?
LRS (703) 393-2306
8. Are two signatures (this does not apply to solos) required for all withdrawals of
FAX (703) 331-5683
funds from client trust accounts?
Web site: www.pwcba.org
9. Are clients provided a complete accounting before funds are disbursed?
10. Do you keep all financial records for at least 5 years following the termination of
2006 the fiduciary relationship?
Officers and Directors 11. Do you know it is a “best practices” procedure to have an annual review/audit of
W. Michael Phipps all trust accounts by an accountant?
(703) 792-6050 Hopefully, you were able to respond with a “yes” answer to all of the questions that
applied to your practice. Because this important topic has not been covered in detail,
Casey R. Stevens please read Rule 1.15 thoroughly, and if you have any further trust accounting
President-Elect questions, please give Ms. Johnston a call at (703) 567-0088.
Tracy C. Hudson Other helpful resources:
Immediate Past President
(703) 361-0776 The Virginia MCLE department has a guide called “Lawyers and Other Peoples’
Money” that is an excellent resource for those responsible for handling the
Jeanice B. Wiethop accounting in a law firm. Call 1-800-979-8253 to order a copy.
Quick Books is the most used accounting software by small law firms, those with
Robert P. Coleman five attorneys or fewer, and they have an excellent on-line tutorial to get you started.
(703) 361-8246 The Virginia State Bar operates an Ethics Hotline. Call 1(804) 775-0564 and ask
questions confidentially. If you follow the advice given, and still have trouble with
Daniel J. Morissette the VSB regarding the ethics related issue you inquired about, you can request that
Director 2003-07 the Ethics Hotline release your call record to verify that you were acting at their
(703) 257-7979 direction.
Barbara Murphy Stough
The Virginia State Bar also operates a Risk Management Hotline. Call John
(703) 365-0090 Brandt at 1(800) 215-7854 with your questions regarding malpractice insurance
related issues. There is no fee for this service.
Megan E. Kelly
Director 2005-09 Janean Johnston, with the Risk Management Section of the Virginia State Bar, is
(703) 792-6620 also an independent risk management consultant. She is especially versed in issues
related to the day-to-day management of law office systems and procedures as related
Richard H. Boatwright to compliance with the Virginia State Bar’s Ethical Guidelines. You may call her at
Director 2006-2010 (703) 567-0088.
John D. Whittington
Bar Council Rep. 2004-07
November 2006, page 3
General District Court Timesavers Manual – 2006 Prince William County Bar
Please be advised, the General District Court Timesavers Manual has been updated to
reflect new legislation from the 2006 Session of the Virginia General Assembly, as Office Hours
well as other updates, as appropriate, from the court. This update was provided in a 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Mon.—Fri.
timely fashion by the court, and is now available for members to view and download, The PWCBA Office is located on
should they so desire, on the bar’s web site at www.pwcba.org, under the For third floor of the Prince William
Members section. County Judicial Center, next to the
FYI: Updates to the Circuit Court Timesavers Manual are in progress. Development
of the J&DR Timesavers Manual is also in progress and moving towards final draft. Guidelines for Submissions to
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Submissions should be directed to the
2007 Court Closing Calendars attention of Alissa N. Hudson,
Executive Director, PWCBA
All three courts have prepared their 2007 Court Closing Calendars. These calendars preferably via email to
are provided as an insert in this month’s newsletter and they will be posted on the email@example.com , or fax to
bar’s web site shortly. (703) 331-5683, or mail to
Prince William County Bar
Circuit Court Conciliators Program Association, Inc.,
By J. Scott Krein P.O. Box 31,
Manassas, VA 20108.
The Circuit Court Motions Day Conciliation program is beginning to see consistent All submissions must be paid in
use. Although limited to discovery motions, September saw at least one and advance, and are due by 5:00 PM on
frequently several discovery disputes conciliated every Friday morning. The disputes the 10th of the month preceding
have ranged from the number of Interrogatories propounded, to the adequacy of publication and must include a contact
responses, to the scope of discovery. name and phone number.
The program is completely voluntary and confidential. While there is absolutely no For inquiries regarding classified or
prejudice to anyone in participating in the conciliation program, there is obvious display advertising, contact the
benefit in the event everyone’s efforts are successful. While not every dispute can be PWCBA office at (703) 393-8865, to
resolved, even narrowing the scope of the dispute or focusing the issues can be of request a copy of the most recent rate
value to the parties and the court. card, or visit the bar on line at
www.pwcba.org under "About the
The Conciliators will be in front of Courtroom 3 by 10:00 a.m. The meeting room Bar", "Advertising and Sponsorships".
facing the hallway will be available for the parties to meet with a conciliator.
PWCBA Listserv Guidelines
We continue to need additional volunteers to keep the program running smoothly, and You are encouraged to sign up for the
kindly request that those who have graciously signed up to conciliate, also remember PWCBA listserv, which is available to all
to show up on their appointed Friday morning. We’d like to avoid lengthy wait times members in good standing of the bar.
for parties who have agreed to try this new service.
To subscribe, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added
Thank you to the many members of the Prince William County Bar who have to the list.
volunteered significant time to the conciliation program. If you’re interested in
adding your time and talents to this program, please contact me at (703) 580-8377 or To post a message, send an e-mail to
email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org. Your message will be
sent to everyone on the list.
President’s Message, Continued
To reply to a message, you can reply to
the person who posted the message by
November is Pro Bono Month and our luncheon speaker on November 3 is David
simply hitting <reply>. You can reply to
Baugh recent recipient of the 2006 Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Pro Bono Attorney of the the entire list by hitting <reply all>.
Year Award, presented by the Virginia State Bar. David is no stranger to controversy
and this promises to be an informative and entertaining presentation. See you at To unsubscribe, simply send a message to
Jake’s. email@example.com with the word
“unsubscribe” typed in the subject line.
You will automatically be removed.
November 2006, page 4
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
SPECIAL ISSUE: PRO BONO By Naznin Saifi, Managing Attorney,
LSNV, Prince William Branch
RECOGNITION The Uncontested Divorce Project
ACTS/Turning Points Legal Services of Northern Virginia would like to take this
By Sherri Quinn, Turning Points Advocate opportunity to thank the Prince William County Bar
Association, the Pro Bono Committee of the Bar, and the
Temporary Restraining Order Project attorneys who have assisted in making the Uncontested
Divorce Project a success for the past six years. Through the
Dear Members of the Prince William Bar Association: Project, low income residents of Prince William County,
Manassas and Manassas Park are assisted in obtaining a
Once again I have the privilege of applauding those among divorce.
you who have brought compassion into the lives of people
assisted by Turning Points. These attorneys have given their Without the continued support of the Bar and its members,
time and energy in support of people who have been LSNV would not be able to offer this service to our client
victimized by domestic violence by representing them at their community. I would also like to thank those individuals who
final protective order hearing. In doing so they often fashion participated in the Uncontested Divorce CLE that was held on
alternatives for addressing visitation or obtaining personal Friday, January 20, 2006. Attendance at the CLE provides
belongings when contact could pose a danger. trained volunteers who will continue to support the Project for
There is no way to relate what this support means to them. To
Finally, I would like to thank the Prince William County
some, pro bono simply means free of charge. To those
Association of Legal Professionals. Each month, the
benefiting from your support the description would be much
Association provides assistance to the individuals who come
more radiant. One woman this year felt abandoned by her
to our office seeking a divorce; they assist them with
community when the respondent used her computer to stalk
completing the general information questionnaire and the
her. As others minimized her concerns her pro bono attorney
pleadings necessary to file the divorce.
believed her and assisted her when others turned their backs.
The attorney’s support can make the difference between The attorneys who have agreed to represent individuals
someone making a change or ignoring the risks. through the Uncontested Divorce Project this year are:
Dennis Carluzzo, Robert Coleman, Robert Cooper, Donald
The following attorneys have represented people this past year Coulter, Penny George, Conrad Hassel, David McKennett,
for their final protective order hearing: Phillip Menke, Allen Newcomb, Adrienne Parker, Michelle
Rydell, Barbara Stough, Joseph Swetnam, Arthur von
Bob Cooper Lawrie Rollison Keller, IV, Elizabeth von Keller, and Jennifer Zary.
Catherine Croft Loretta Vardy
Kathleen Farrell Arthur VonKeller
Polly Knight Mark Voss BARN Transitional Housing Facility
Ray Morley Robert Walker Jessica Nichols, Adult Care Manager
Sevda Olmstead Jennifer Weiss BARN, founded in 1996, is a secular not for profit
organization, that provides housing and access to supportive
If you have questions about the Pro Bono Program for services and programs for homeless women and their
Turning Points, please call Sherri Quinn at 703-792-4782. dependent children from a minimum of 18 months to a
And, if you see one of these attorneys please shake their hand. maximum of 24 months.
They are heroes to the people they have helped.
The mothers who gain access to the BARN’s facilities and
I believe these attorneys emulate the words of Thomas programs must be at least 19 years of age, having physical
Jefferson, “May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I custody of at least one child, ages unborn to 10 years, be
fail to respond to the needs of others with kindness and referred by a local homeless shelter, social services, church,
compassion.” hospital, community organization or be self referred. All
mothers must meet HUD guidelines for homelessness. BARN
THANK YOU. provides the following services to its residents: Temporary
Housing, Case Management, Job Skills Training, Counseling
and Life Skills Training, Financial Management, Employment
Assistance and Permanent Housing Assistance.
In the past, the PWC Bar has participated in the BARN’s
programming, focusing on legal issues of interest to the
Continued, page 5
November 2006, page 5
Pro Bono Committee
By Rusty von Keller
It is unfortunate that the public at large
maintains a negative view of lawyers.
Even Carl Sandburg authored a poem
with the memorable lines, “Why does a
hearse horse snicker/ Hauling a lawyer’s
bones away?” Concepts that lawyers
assist people, address grievances, defend
the accused, and provide an invaluable set
of checks and balances to our culture
while striving for equal justice seem lost
on the general public. Not only do
attorneys in their regular course of
business do the aforementioned but many
lawyers additionally devote large amounts
of their time to serving individuals in
their community without pay.
The Prince William County Bar is among
the leaders in the state of Virginia in the
range of their pro bono activities.
Recently, the Pro Bono Committee, for
example, sponsored a CLE seminar on
“Guardians ad Litem in Custody Cases.”
A panel of experienced private
practitioners along with the Honorable bar. The topic of this panel was Incapacity”, and “The Senior Citizen’s
Mary Grace O’Brien delivered this well- “Down and Dirty: the Reality of Handbook.”
received seminar. Volunteer attorneys, Practicing Law.” The Summer Intern
in concert with Legal Services of Program also involved a judicial While further pro bono participation is
Northern Virginia, also participate in a shadow component wherein a summer welcome and encouraged, the
free uncontested divorce program for intern would follow a judge or private activities of the Prince William
indigent clients. Even more attorneys practitioner around for the day. County Bar to date are laudable and
participate voluntarily in the Juvenile exemplary of the highest ideals of our
Court Conciliation Program, showing up Volunteer attorneys of the Bar have profession. Perhaps Sandburg was
weekly on each judge’s Motion Docket in also drafted the Timesavers Manuals more familiar with bricklayers and
an attempt to encourage a non-adversarial for Circuit and District Court. The laborers than with lawyers. While the
resolution of disputes in selected cases manual for the Juvenile and Domestic products of our profession may not be
referred by the Court. Other PWC Bar Relations District Court has just been as obvious as those of the poet’s
members participate in the Simple Wills completed by a pro bono attorney and favorites, the generous pro bono
Project, taking cases referred to them submitted for consideration. efforts of our attorneys will certainly
from the local legal services program. Volunteer attorneys also sat on the have far-reaching and beneficial
Prince William County Drug Court consequences for the population – and
Representation of aggrieved parties in Committee, the Best Practices the profession – at large.
Domestic Protective Orders in cases Committee in Juvenile Court, the
referred by Turning Points is yet another Supervised Visitation Planning BARN, Continued
pro bono activity of the Prince William Committee, and most recently, on the
Juvenile Court Child Dependency This need continues! One hour
County Bar. An unusual but valuable pro programming slots are available at the
bono activity occurred when the Mediation Committee, which seeks to
BARN every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Committee sponsored a Summer Intern resolve selected abuse and neglect Currently, residents need information
Program, which incorporated a panel cases in a non-adversarial manner. concerning child custody, their rights
discussion consisting of a representative Pro bono attorneys also participate in concerning divorce, bankruptcy, and credit
judge from Juvenile, District, and Circuit a Juvenile Court planning team for a management. If you can volunteer to lead
Courts. The interns were also exposed to supervised visitation center. Finally, a one hour presentation on these or related
members of the Bar participate in topics, call Jessica Nichols at (703) 369-
a second panel of experienced attorneys
selected free lectures, including “So 1325. One week notice of your availability
including solo practitioners, attorneys in is sufficient, although two-three weeks
large firms, a County Attorney, a You’re Eighteen,” “The Duties and
Responsibilities of a Court-appointed notice is easier to work with for planning
Commonwealth Attorney, a government purposes.
attorney, and a member of the defense Special Advocate,” “Planning for
November 2006, page 6
The Pro bono Attorney of the Year Web Site Updates
Award--Nominations It is with great pleasure that we tell you the bar’s website has
undergone a major update.
Each year the Pro bono Committee seeks to determine
whether and to whom to award the annual Pro bono Attorney
♦ Prospective members wishing to join the bar will find it
of the Year Award. This award was established to recognize,
easier to locate and download the membership
on behalf of the PWCBA, an individual who has made
significant contributions to the community, either by way of
♦ Members wishing to look-up information about other
organizing/administering pro bono legal programs, or by
members will find the membership database completely
providing direct pro bono legal services.
up to date. It is accessible under the For Members section
of the site. This is a handy way to obtain current
Nominations are now being accepted, and may be made either
information about a member, until the membership
on the enclosed form or by typewritten letter, to Rusty von
directory is reprinted
Keller, Chair, Pro bono Committee, 8567-D Sudley Road,
Manassas, VA 20110. The winner will be announced at the ♦ Remember, recent back-issues of Hear Ye! Hear Ye! are
Annual Dinner Dance, which will be held on February 24, posted on the web site under the For Members section.
2007. ♦ Additional information that is now posted under the For
Members section includes:
The following criteria will be used by the committee when ♦ Court closing calendars for all three courts
considering nominees: ♦ The J& DR Court Appointed rotation calendar
♦ The New GDC Timesavers Manual, 2006 ed.
Demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery ♦ The Circuit Ct. Timesavers Manual, 2005 ed.
of pro bono legal services in the Commonwealth of Virginia (The 2006 edition for the Circuit Ct. will be available shortly
Contributed significantly toward the development of and will be posted for your convenience.)
innovative approaches to the delivery of volunteer legal ♦ Leadership rosters for all positions within the bar
services ♦ Guidelines for use of the bar’s listserv
Participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying ♦ Members of the public coming to the bar’s web site in
previously unmet needs for legal services or in extending search of a lawyer will now find it easier to locate
services to under-served segments of the population information about the Lawyer Referral Service and the
Successfully handled pro bono cases on behalf of the poor Lawyer Locator Service from the home page.
Devoted significant time to furthering the delivery of legal
services to the poor in Virginia by handling pro bono matters What’s on tap next? We are still hoping to incorporate a way
to post an important message on the home page to expedite the
The nominee must be a practicing member of the Prince dissemination of important information such as court closings
William County Bar Association. Persons whose livelihood is due to inclement weather or bar deadlines of importance.
derived from delivering legal services to the poor are not
eligible. If there is additional information you’d like to see posted on
the bar’s web site, please contact Alissa Hudson at (703) 393-
8865 with your request, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2006, page 7
The annual CLE survey is included in this month’s newsletter. Please take a moment to
complete it and return it to the bar office. Your input provides guidance to the CLE
committee on future educational programs.
Last month we asked you to “Save this Date”, but we neglected to tell you what date to save
for the 2007 Dinner Dance. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 24, 2007.
Additional details will be forthcoming.
Northern Virginia Legal Services is hosting a Wine & Chocolate Tasting Reception on
Wednesday, November 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. If interested in attending, please contact Raquel
Colon at (703) 778-6803 or email her at email@example.com.
The Third Annual National Adoption Day Celebration will take place on Saturday,
November 18, 2006, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, in Circuit Court Room #4 with a
reception to follow. This event is sponsored by the Courts, Social Services and Family
Services for the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit. If interested in attending, please contact
Glenda Garcia at (703) 792-7670 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prince William County Bar Welcomes Newest Members
Edward Good, Esq.
Law Office, 9207-E Enterprise Court, Manassas Park, VA 20111, (703) 830-3506
Bruce H. Easmunt, Jr., Esq.
Law Office, 2972 Yarling Court, Falls Church, VA 22042, (703) 303-3070
Petula C. Metzler, Esq.
Blankingship & Keith, P.C., 9300 West Courthouse Road, Suite 201, Manassas, VA 20110
November 2006, page 8
Listserv Update Alston, Rossie Mergler, Rod
Baker, William Millette, LeRoy
Use of the Listserv is proving very Banks, Chester Moorstein, Mark
convenient. Mid-month electronic Battaile, Lori Morley, Raymond
communiqués are now possible and we Black, Kevin Newcomb, Allen
are able to send out routine reminders of Boone, Tony Nolan, Scott
luncheon meetings, CLEs, Candidates’ Childers, Kevin Nourse, Anthony
Forums, and other bar programs, in a Conrad, Stephen Oberbauer, Earl
much more efficient manner. We are also Csoka-Bubacz, Elizabeth Parker, Adrienne
able to put out a call for help, when Dame, Sherrie Phelps, Bob
needed, such as when we needed Dupray, William Pickett, William
volunteers to visit Osbourn Park High Edwardson, Jessica Potter, Richard
School last month, for the So You’re 18 Fahy, Ronald Rhee, Sandi
project. Again, this is more efficient than Farris, Lon Rice, MacDougal
calling scores of members to locate Faust, Robert Rice, Melanie
volunteers. Frank, Carrie Robeson, James
Gauthier, Paul Robeson, Stuart
Those members who have not yet Godson, Anne Rochkind, Jonathan
provided current email addresses to the Gregory, Robert Rollison, Lawrie
bar are listed here. The board decided the Gullette, John Rydell, Michele
bar will extend use of the global fax Hamblen, William Saifi, Naznin
through the end of the year, but effective Hassel, Conrad Sievers, Charles
January 1, 2007, all electronic Hebert, Richard Simmons, Olaun
communication will be made via the Henshaw, Mark Smith, Gary
listserv vs. the global fax. Please take a Irving, John Steffen, Eugene
moment to scan the list, and contact James, Christopher Steketee, Peter
Alissa Hudson with your email address, Johns, Milton Stephens, Virginia
so she can add you to the listserv and Johnston, Craig Stith, Garland
keep you connected to the bar. To add Julias, Stephen Stough, Barbara
yourself to the listserv, email Alissa at Key, MacLane Teluk, Myron
email@example.com . King, Robert Thiebert, Erin
Kostelecky, Anthony Travers, Wenda
Kristiansen, Sherie Underwood, Thomas
Young Lawyer’s Lachow-Thurston, Alisa Vardy, Loretta
Conference Update Latimer, Edwin Velasquez, Manuel
By Jennifer Zary Lonas, Linda Wheeler, Richard
Martin, Nancy Whipkey, Matthew
The Young Lawyer’s section of the Bar Maso, Megan Wittenauer, Robert
held their annual Leadership Conference McFadden, Anita Zelasko, James
to plan for the coming year. On March McKennett, David
16, the YLC will be hosting a McLaughlin, Anthony
Professional Development Conference at
UVA in Charlottesville. Any attorney
under age 35 or who has been practicing
for less than 3 years can attend and earn
Prince William County Bar Welcomes Newest
6+ CLE credits for approximately $100. Members
The Virginia Board of Elections has Elisa D. Staton, Esq. Bobbi Jo Alexis, Esq.
asked the YLC to distribute voter EDS P.C. P.W. County Attorney’s Office
education pamphlets prior to the P.O. Box 103 1 County Complex Court
November election. If I could have about Woodbridge, VA 22194 Prince William, VA 22192
5 volunteers to assist with this, it would (703) 492-0968 (703) 792-6620
take less than 90 minutes of anyone’s
time and could be done at your Michelle Jacobs, Esq. Virginia E. Robinson, Esq.
convenience. Please contact me at Newland & Associates Walsh, Colucci, et.al.
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to 9835 Business Way 4310 Prince William Parkway
help. Manassas, VA 20110 Suite 300
703-330-0000 Prince William, VA 20111
November 2006, page 9
September BOD Meeting Highlights
• Discussed continued placement of yellow pages The Courts of the Thirty-First Judicial District
advertisement for LRS and decided to discontinue. along with the
Revenue from the ad does not approach cost. Prince William County
Department of Social Services,
• New LRS intake specialize will begin in October.
City of Manassas
• Two more candidates forums are planned for October. Department of Family Services
Oct. 19, U.S. Congressional race with Tom Davis and and the
Andrew Hurst; October 25 Chair of the PWC Board of City of Manassas Park Social Services
Supervisors, Sharon Pandak and Corey Stuart.
• Judicial Evaluations mailed and due November 3.
Cordially request the honor of your presence at our
Third Annual National Adoption Day Celebration
• J&DR Timesavers in draft form, to be distributed to the
BOD for comment. Saturday, November 18, 2006
10:00 A.M. – 12 Noon
• Youth Court is again being discussed by the PWC School
Board. Bar may be involved in helping to set-up and
oversee some aspects of the program in area schools Prince William County Judicial Center
Circuit Courtroom 4
• Donna McIntosh has officially retired from the practice of 9311 Lee Avenue
law, leaving a vacancy in the Entertainment Chair Manassas, Virginia
position. She will complete 2007 Dinner Dance as final
Hors d’oeuvres Reception
• Listserv is up and running, BOD to extend deadline for
faze out of global fax to Dec. 31, 2006, to give members RSVP by November 3, 2006
more time to notify bar of their email addresses. Glenda Garcia, 703-792-7670, email@example.com
• Efforts will renew on annual update to bar’s web site now
that we know Cathy Lemmon will continue on as web
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
• Essay Contest Judging will take place week of November
13 at Alissa Hudson’s home. Mike Phipps to Emcee
Invites you to…
award ceremony on November 29 for the bar.
• Two upcoming bar project require finding from the PWC A Taste for Justice
Bar Foundation, reprint of the “You and Your Court
Appointed Attorney” brochure and the 2007 BTO A Wine & Chocolate Tasting Reception
Banquet. Alissa to prepare and submit requests.
To Celebrate Equal Justice
and Honor Our Supporters and Friends
• Presentation on Court Tours program for middle school
students tabled until next month.
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2006
• Editorial focus for monthly newsletter and luncheon
programs in the works. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
• Osbourn Park High School needs volunteers to make “So Where: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
You’re 18” presentations in October. Volunteers needed. Conference Center
4301 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Free parking available in building garage
For more information and reservations, please contact
Raquel Colon 703-778-6803 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 3, 12:30 p.m., PWC Bar
Luncheon Meeting at Jakes. Special
Guest, David Baugh, winner of the
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Pro bono Attorney
of the Year Award
November 7, Election Day, District
Courts Closed, Clerk’s Offices Open.
November 10, All three courts closed
for Veteran’s Day.
Assistance for lawyers with substance abuse problems.
November 13, Deadline for submittals Confidentiality assured.
for December issue of Hear Ye! Hear
Ye! 703/548-0765 or 800/838-8358
November 13, 5:00 p.m. Judging of
Essays for Character Counts Essay
Contest at Alissa Hudson’s home.
November 23 & 24, All three courts
closed for Thanksgiving Day. Remember to RSVP for the Friday, November 3,
General Luncheon Meeting. Special Guest speaker in
November 29, Award Ceremony for
Character Counts Essay Contest. 7:00 honor of Pro Bono Recognition Month,
p.m. McCoart Building. David Baugh, winner of the 2006 Lewis F. Powell, Jr.,
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from the VSB.
Please RSVP by calling the bar office
at (703) 393-8865 By 5:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, November 1, 2006.
Lunch prices are $7.00 per member, $13.00 per guest.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
P.O. Box 31
Manassas, VA 20108
A Publication of the Prince William County Bar Association
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Bar Leadership Application 2006
The Nominating Committee of the Prince William County Bar Association encourages all
members to consider serving in a position of leadership. Pursuant to the Association By-Laws, the
committee is currently seeking applications for the following positions:
President-Elect (3 one-year terms as follows: one year as President-Elect,
on year as President and one year as Immediate Past
Secretary (1 year term)
Treasurer (1 year term)
Board of Directors (1 four-year term)
Judicial Screening Committee (1 five-year term)
Judicial Evaluation Committee Chairperson (1 five-year term)
Elections will be held at the January 2007 meeting of the bar association. If you are interested in
serving in any of these positions or wish to nominate someone to serve in any of these positions, please fill
out the application below and return it by November 10, 2006, to:
Amy M. Ashworth
Nominating Committee Chairperson Fax: 703-792-7081
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110
I WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED OR NOMINATE THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL FOR
CONSIDERATION AS FOLLOWS:
Firm Name (if applicable):_______________________________________________________
Years in Practice:__________________________ Member of PWCBA since:______________
Position interested in:____________________________________________________________
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY NOVEMBER 10, 2006
NOMINATION FOR THE
PRO BONO ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR AWARD
REASONS WHY YOU BELIEVE THIS NOMINEE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE
Please submit your nomination to the Pro bono Committee,
c/o Rusty von Keller, Chairman
8567-D Sudley Road
Manassas, Virginia 20110
Nominations must be received no later than Friday, December 1st , 2006.
TO: Members, Prince William County Bar Association
FROM: Cathy Croft
Chairman CLE Committee
RE: Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Survey
The Prince William County Bar Association is an accredited sponsor of MCLEs. To help us
assess the resources we have available for providing programs from November 1, 2006 through
October 31, 2007, please take a moment to complete this survey.
1. Are programs of 2-3 hours adequate, or would you like longer, or all day programs?
2. Did you attend either of the multi-jurisdictional CLEs sponsored by the Fairfax bar, with participation by
the Arlington, Alexandria and Prince William Bars, on Circuit and General District Court Practice in each
jurisdiction? Yes_______ No_________ If yes, do you find such CLEs helpful and do you want to see them
3. What program topics would you be most interested in seeing?
4. If you might be available as a faculty member, please complete the following:
Briefly describe subject matter(s) of interest.
5 Would you be able to volunteer to staff the registration table at a CLE to assist the CLE chairperson?
Return completed surveys to Alissa Hudson, PWC Bar at P.O. Box 31, Manassas, VA 20108, or fax to (703)
331-5683 or bring to the December general meeting.
All responses are due by December 1, 2006 .
OFFICE OF THE CLERK
September 27, 2006
Holiday Schedule for Calendar Year 2007 for the
Prince William County Circuit Court
In accordance with §§2.2-3300 and 17.1-207 of the 1950 Code of Virginia,
as amended, the holiday schedule for this office for 2007 will be as follows:
New Year’s Day Monday January 1, 2007
Lee-Jackson Day Friday January 12, 2007
Martin Luther King Day Monday January 15, 2007
President’s Day Monday February 19, 2007
Memorial Day Monday May 28, 2007
Independence Day Wednesday July 4, 2007
Labor Day Monday September 3, 2007
Columbus Day Monday October 8, 2007
Veteran’s Day Monday November 12, 2007
Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 22, 2007
Thanksgiving Friday Friday November 23, 2007
Christmas Eve Monday December 24, 2007
Christmas Day Tuesday December 25, 2007
New Year’s Day Tuesday January 1, 2008
David C. Mabie
Clerk of Circuit Court
Court is open but no cases will be set during:
Spring Judicial Conference – May 14 - 18, 2007
Fall Judicial Conference – September 24 - 25, 2007
Election Day - November 6, 2007
IN THE GENERAL DISTRICT COURT OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
TO: State, County, City and Town Police Departments, National Park Rangers, VA Dept of Game
& Inland Fisheries, George Mason University Police Department, NVCC Office of Police &
Public Safety, Area Bar Associations, Magistrates, Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney,
Clerks of Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Court; Offices of Criminal Justice
Services, Dispute Resolution, Bull Run ASAP Office and Volunteer Action Committee
FROM: Clerk’s Office, Prince William County General District Court
RE: Amended 2007 Court Calendar
There will be NO General District Court held on the following days of 2007.
Please be sure that all appropriate staff is advised of this schedule.
Monday/Tuesday January 1 & 2 New Year’s Day (observed)
Friday January 12 Lee-Jackson Day
Monday January 15 Martin Luther King Day
Monday February 19 President’s Day
Monday/Tuesday April 23 & 24*** Spring Judicial Conference
Monday May 28 Memorial Day
Wednesday July 4 Independence Day
Monday, Tuesday, August 13, 14 Fall Judicial Conference
Wednesday & 15***
Monday September 3 Labor Day
Monday October 8 Columbus Day
Tuesday November 6*** Election Day
Monday November 12 Veteran’s Day (observed)
Thursday/Friday November 23 & 24 Thanksgiving
Monday/Tuesday/ December 24***, 25, Christmas
*Subject to amendment
***Office open – DO NOT set cases. Dated this _________ of September 2006.
Wenda K. Travers, Chief Judge
Wetawna G. Hays, Clerk
IN THE JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS DISTRICT
COURT OF PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
TO: State, County, City and Town Police Departments, PWC Bar Association,
Magistrate, Sheriff’s Department, Commonwealth’s Attorney, City
Prosecutors, Office of Criminal Justice Services, Dispute Resolution, Clerk,
General District and Circuit Court, Juvenile Court Services Unit, Juvenile
Intake, County Attorney’s Office, DCSE
FROM: Clerk’s Office
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
SUBJ: 2007 Court Calendar (AMENDED)
There will be NO Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on the
following days in 2007. Please notify appropriate staff of this schedule.
New Year’s Day Monday/Tuesday January 1 & 2, 2007
Lee-Jackson Day Friday January 12, 2007
Martin Luther-King Day Monday January 15, 2007
President’s Day Monday February 19, 2007
Spring Judicial Monday/Tuesday April 23 & 24, 2007 ***
Memorial Day Monday May 28, 2007
Independence Day Wednesday July 4, 2007
Fall Judicial Conference Monday/Tuesday/ August 13, 14, & 15, 2007
Labor Day Monday September 3, 2007
Columbus Day Monday October 8, 2007
Election Day Tuesday November 6, 2007 ***
Veteran’s Day Monday November 12, 2007
Thanksgiving Thursday/Friday November 22&23, 2007
Christmas Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday December 24, 25, 26, 2007
New Year’s Day Monday/Tuesday December 31, 2007 January
*** Clerk’s Office Open – DO NOT set cases
Frances H. Hedrick
Clerk of Court