Winter 2008/2009 NEWS Letter President, Kathleen J.L. Holmes, Esq. President-Elect, Chandra D. Lantz Secretary, Barbara M.R. Marvin, Esq., Treasurer, Catherine M. Reese, Esq. Immediate Past President, Sheila M. Costin, Esq. Hampton Roads Chapter Billsburg...VWAA Style: Conference Wrap-up Virginia Brown, Esq. Loudoun Chapter KingsMill Resort, Williamsburg: Responsibility presented by Kath- Anheuser-Busch company) were Elizabeth Pendzich, Esq. We started off, as we always do with a ryn Montgomery of the Virginia sharing the tables with a canta- Northern Virginia Chapter little pre-conference fun at Kathy State Bar. An afternoon snack of loupe shaped like a pig. Yes, there Holmes’ room. Kate Reese stopped at chocolate desserts including was lipstick on that pig! (picture). Cynthia Revesman, Esq. the Williamsburg Premium Outlets to chocolate covered strawberries Richmond Chapter AWARD/PRESENTATION – The Courtney Van Winkle, Esq. pick up the coupon book vouchers for preceded more CLEs: T-Minus 90: VWAA inaugurated a new award the conference bag, and had to wait Trial Preparation presented by Roanoke Chapter at the conference – the “VWAA about ten minutes, which was just Jonnie Speight, Understanding the Citizen Lawyer Award.” Kai Leah Gissy, Esq. enough time to go to Harry & David’s for Law of Damages with guest At Large Directors Memmer, past president of the some treats for the evening. This cou- speaker Emily Hargrove, and Virginia Brown, Esq. VWAA, introduced the Honorable pled with the wine and assorted Collateral Consequences of Diane M. Strickland, retired jurist Marni E. Byrum, Esq. cheeses Kathy brought made for the Juvenile Adjudications presented from the 23rd Judicial Circuit Caroline E. Costle, Esq. perfect Bag Stuffing Party. Throughout by Margaret Nelson. Everyone left Court, Roanoke County and the Catherine Croft, Esq. the evening, sponsors and members the main building to freshen up for cities of Roanoke and Salem. Kyung Dickerson, Esq. stopped by to drop off materials and our traditional cocktail party, which Kai’s remarks came in part from help stuff conference bags before the started at 6:00 p.m. Judge Strickland’s daughter, who M. Christina Floyd, Esq. Vice Presidential Debate. For the evening, we were in the is presently working in Central Laurie Forbes, Esq. In the morning, we had a statewide same area of the resort, but American with a nonprofit. Judge Lauren Ebersole Hutcheson, Esq. board meeting, accompanied by a great moved outside to enjoy a glorious Strickland presented the VWAA Joan C. MeKenna, Esq. buffet of luscious fresh fruit, granola, sunset evening over the James Citizen Lawyer Award to Renae Martha McQuade, Esq. bagels, Danish, yogurt, juice and coffee. River (see group proto), with the Patrick. Renae, in addition to C. Kailani Memmer, Esq. What a great way to start the day! After wall of glass doors undraped and being a former VWAA president Christine Mougin-Boal, Esq. a very productive meeting addressing open for us. The bar was open, of and major domo of organizing Monica Mroz, Esq. the needs of the chapters around the course. Joining us were members the VWAA conference CLEs, has dedicated her career to the Renee Reed Patrick, Esq. state, we opened the 2008 Conference. of the local judiciary, include Judge In the Exhibitors Hall, we had some Fenton of the Court of Appeals and service of disadvantaged Judiciary Committee Chair excellent companies advising us on the Judge Barry Logsdon from the Virginians. She has worked at Sheila Costin, Esq. products that are available to help us do Juvenile & Domestic Relations Legal Aid offices throughout the Legislative Committee Chair our jobs well and advance our interests. court in Williamsburg. The cheese, Shenandoah region (cont. page 2) We had a vast array of sandwiches, crackers, eggrolls, “shots” of Laurie Forbes, Esq. snacks and beverages for lunch before bisque, and phenomenal turkey Administrative Director sitting down to a CLE on Professional (infused with beer: KingsMill is a Tracey J. Hovey Tech Tips for Ladies of the Law: GPS Systems by Sharon D. Nelson, President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. I hate maps. With a passion. I’ve been road names and exits. It is a wide your hands on the wheel while you known to turn them around patiently, 90 screen format and has a hefty speak commands to the unit. degrees at a time, to see if they will then number of POIs (Points of Interest) “Scotty, beam me up” is finally make more sense. They never do. I was installed as well as the ability to here. It supports MSN Direct perpetually lost . . . until GPS. Surely the add custom POIs. This is my #1 (subscription) so you can get greatest invention of our time, I now choice for a gift – several of my weather, traffic delays, local gas Inside this issue: listen to a nice lady with the British adult children have been given this prices, etc. There are millions of accent that I selected, and she gets me model and they love it. POIs and the ability to define Tech Tips: GPS Systems 1 to my destination. I can remain happily custom POIs too. It has Bluetooth clueless and navigationally-challenged – If you want a really high end unit support so you can make hands If I Knew Then.... 2 I just need to obey her precisely spoken (and who should we spoil if not free calls with a Bluetooth compati- commands. ourselves?), then I would go with ble phone. If you’re not using a President’s Message 3 the Garmin nuvi 880. It’s also a hands free cell phone in your car, shame on you! It plays MP3s too Preview of Legislation 3 With the holidays coming, you may be wide screen format and has a looking for a GPS as a gift or for yourself. street price around $700. Con- and has a picture viewer. You can Photos from Kingsmill 2,4 There are two models I’d recommend. sumer Reports rates it number one subscribe to Audible.com and of the Traffic Ready models. . It “read” audio books. . It has an FM transmitter so that the audio can Contact Information & 4 The top rated basic system by Con- speaks the street names and exits sumer Reports is the Garmin nuvi 260w. like the 260w and also has speech be played through the car radio Our Newest Members It has a street price of around $240. It recognition, which means you can system. In short, this is a gem of a has text to speech so that it announces “talk” to the device. You can keep device. (cont.) Page 2 VWAA Newsletter If I Knew Then What I Know Now... I would not just have concentrated on acquiring Whoever learned in law school that the practice of law Most importantly, I have learned through my own technical skills, but would have learned to read would provide a myriad of personal and professional experience that the practice of law extends well be- body language and nonverbal communica- choices and limitless opportunities for personal and yond simply representing a client capably and compe- tion. Developing empathy and good interper- professional growth? Eight years ago, I exited law tently and finding the answers to the most challenging sonal skills builds confidence and is useful in school with the perception that I was ready to take on legal questions. The practice of law includes forging both business and personal relationships. the practice of law. Soon, I found that my three years relationships with peers, reaching out to help mem- enduring the Socratic Method, hours of cramming for bers of the community and positively affecting the I would have memorized the Rules of Evidence exams and then studying for the bar were scant lives of individuals who seek the guidance and assis- before ever going to court. Having command of preparation for the trials and tribulations of everyday tance of a competent practitioner. Upon graduating these Rules and being able to follow an objec- practice. I don’t recall taking courses about how to from law school and passing the bar, I would have tion with a specific citation gives the judge confi- handle an irrational client bent on making poor never thought that I had unlocked such a kaleido- dence in your position and should result in favor- choices; the nuances of navigating a jail; or how to scope of choices and opportunities. Now, eight years able rulings more often. effectively help individuals make life shaping deci- later, I marvel at the paths which lie before me. As a sions in the most difficult circumstances. young attorney, I have learned that my professional I would have learned to say "no" more often so development will emerge from consistently seek new that when I said "yes" I could be more enthusias- As a brand new attorney, I found that I constantly opportunities for professional growth and diligently tic about whatever I was agreeing to do. longed for the day when I would know all the an- working toward striking the ever-important work-life swers: what question to ask, what law to apply, when balance. I look forward to the knowledge; adventure I would have invested in a great looking wig and to act and/or when to wait patiently. With the modi- and development which only experience will bring and avoided all those "bad hair" days. cum of experience I have gained to date, I now realize wonder what I will say in another eight years. and, more importantly, have come to take comfort in I would have heeded the advice to go ahead and the fact that I will never know all the answers. In- ...Christie A. Leary, Esq. dance as if no one was watching. stead, I have learned where and how I can look to find the answers to even the most vexing problems. I ...Darrel Tillar Mason Esq. have come to learn that those who practice law truly wear many hats: counselor, advisor, consultant, and advocate. Each of those roles permeates their rela- tionships not only with clients, but with colleagues, family and friends as well. Sharon Chickering, Renae Patrick and Sandra Wells-Brown pose for a keepsake photo. Our keynote speaker at Kingsmill. in addition to her work with the Black Lung After lunch, players gathered for the Susan G. Koman for the Cure Golf Billsburg cont. project and her volunteer work for the state bar. Tournament. The winning team was Jim Baker, Randy Hite and Lauren Hutcheson. The Golf Tournament, in conjuction with an auction held The next day, Saturday, we start with a huge hot breakfast of eggs, meats, during the banquet, raised almost $5,000 for the fight against breast danishes, bagels, and a number of CLE’s to start the day: Representing Non- cancer. Congratulations to all who contributed and to the organizers, Marni Profits and Educational Institutions presented by Patricia Gurne, Gurne Por- Byrum and Kai Memmer. Others went to the gym, went for walks, enjoyed ter, PLLC, Washington D.C., Mary Kennard, Vice President and General Coun- the Spa, found a sunny spot to read or went over to the Outlets to shop. With sel, American University, Washington D.C. and Kay Heidbreder, General the coupon books from the Conference Bags and the sales going on, there Counsel, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. This was fol- were some definite savings to be had at Ann Taylor and Brooks Brothers, just lowed by our judges’ panel: Service as Officers of the Court. “Presiding” to name a few. panelists were The Honorable Lydia Taylor, The Honorable Margaret Spencer At 7:00 p.m. we started our gala with another pleasant early fall evening of and The Honorable Jacqueline Talevi. We finished off the morning with a cocktails, including a martini specialty bar: lemon, chocolate, dirty, traditional sumptuous break hosted by the Richmond Chapter. and cosmo and an assortment of cheeses and crackers. The Bleu was won- derful and the Brie better! We sat down to salad, and either a luscious steak, The Exhibitors Hall was open, and photo ops with cardboard cutouts of you ravioli or Chilean Sea Bass with capers before the winners of the Susan G. and one or both of the presidential nominees were available from one of our Koman Benefit Silent Auction were announced and each table played a game Exhibitors. The KingsMill sports complex offered some great classes, includ- to win a bottle of Cirrius Vodka, complements of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. ing Pilates. There were running and walking trails all around us, bikes were After hearing from Manny Capsalis, President of the Virginia State Bar, Marie available for a ride. Wilson took the podium by storm. Marie is the President of The White House Before lunch, we had a choice of CLEs: Using Vocational Experts in Spousal Project (a group dedicated to increasing the number of women in elective Support Cases, presented by Sharon Chickering and A Primer for Lawyers office) and co-founder of Take Your Daughters to Work Day. Her stories were asked to serve as a director of a non-profit board, presented by Gerry Steg- engaging and meaningful and really put a spotlight on how women, working meier. This was followed by lunch which was a flurry of flavors: an Asian together and supporting one another – even if they have disagreements on steak stir fry, salmon, salad, fabulous sides, and of course a substantial worldviews, politics, or skirt lengths – really do bring positive change to the dessert table. The Apple Crisp Bread Pudding was awesome if you’d had process. Ms. Wilson took the liberty of bestowing the title of “honorary enough chocolate for the day. Our lunch presenter was: ReDecorate Today. woman” on VSB President Capsalis, an honor he still was speaking about two weeks later at the VSB Council! Page 3 Winter 2008/2009 President’s Message ...Kathleen Holmes The first quarter of the 2008-09 screenings and provided recommendations for multiple VWAA year sped by as we pre- openings since last April, including recommendations on pared for the VWAA biennial interim appointments. The Virginia Beach/Hampton Lantz. If you have input for the committee, or conference – “A Lifetime of Ser- Roads area was particularly busy. Keep an eye on the would like to serve on it, please contact vice.” The conference took place Assembly to watch the final outcome on pro tempore Chandra. October 3-4, 2008 in Williams- appointments to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals burg at the Kingsmill Resort. made by the Governor this Fall. Now that I have caught you up to date on what The conference location was beautiful, the weather has been happening, I have a request to ask of The Virginia State Bar is focusing its attention this year on delightful, and the presentations top-rate. Those 8 each one of you to help to improve the VWAA. the issue of diversity. I met with VSB President Manny hours of CLE slid down nice and easy! A few choice Between now and January 1, I ask that each of Capsalis in September to discuss how best to open up photos have been posted on www.vwaa.org. you contact your Chapter or a Board member leadership positions in the Bar to women and minorities. and join a committee that interests you or sign The website, for those of you who have not visited While it is important to get women in the “pipeline,” it is up to attend an event. The way to improve the recently, is “new and improved.” We have con- equally important to make sure that there are seats for VWAA is to become more involved with the tracted with an association management software those women to fill. I encourage you to read the October VWAA. company to run our database over the web. This issue of the Virginia Lawyer, which is dedicated to diversity means that members can keep contact information issues. I also ask you to keep an eye out for announce- Kathleen J.L. Holmes up to date over the web. As we get additional train- ments of committee openings within the Bar when they ing on the system and more savvy with its capabili- occur. Members of the VWAA have agreed to make them- email@example.com ties, you should see additional improvements, in- selves available if you have any questions about commit- cluding the ability to pay dues online, register for tee and Bar service. So, if you are interested in a position, events, download materials, and a searchable let me know. I will do what I can to connect you with the (members only) directory. If you have ideas for the right folks. website, please let me hear from you. Looking forward, there is a strategic planning committee Multiple judicial vacancies kept the Judiciary Com- forming to look at “next steps” for the VWAA. This effort is mittee busy. The VWAA and its Chapters conducted being coordinated by VWAA President-elect Chandra - SAVE THE DATE - GPS Systems cont. Our 2009 Your GPS can go with you on the road in rental cars. Since And . . . for a long road trip, take the portable Garmin. VWAA Webweavers I have a built in GPS, this is what the Garmin is chiefly You’d be shocked how often it has more current data than Conference is used for. Whatever you do, never get a rental car with your car’s built-in GPS. scheduled for “Neverlost.” John and I aptly refer to these devices as September 25th – 26th “Everlost.” Safe travels and happy trails. at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg Preview of Legislation of Interest to VWAA See you there! in the 2009 General Assembly Although the 2009 legislative session has not Senator Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington) intro- whose behalf a protective order has been yet begun as this issue goes to press, some duced this bill in the Senate, It was reported out of entered when there is service by law information is available about prospective its committee that year, only to be eviscerated by enforcement authorities upon the person legislation that falls within the VWAA’s legisla- an amendment made on the Senate floor, leading who is subject to the protective order. tive agenda. Senator Whipple to withdraw it by asking that it be The Victim Information and Notification stricken from the calendar. Everyday (“VINE”) would be used to provide Reproductive Rights. the notice. This legislation addresses The Coalition also expects to see a Parents' Right to problems with the current system, where For the 2009 legislative session, Virginia’s Know Act introduced--legislation that would require the victims of family abuse may not even Pro-Choice Coalition has decided to move school districts to notify parents and distribute a know whether the other party is aware that forward on two bills that are supported by a summary of Family Life Education program before the protective order was entered. broad consensus of its constituent members. instruction begins. If curriculum is abstinence-only, The first is the Birth Control Protection Act the notice must indicate that the Board of Educa- There will undoubtedly be more legislation (“BCPA”), defining birth control as FDA- tion's Family Life Education Guidelines will not of interest to VWAA as the 2009 session approved methods of contraception. The bill be met. gets underway. Members who are inter- would protect birth control measures from ested in the work of the Legislative the scope of Virginia Code §18.2-76, which Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) has again Committee should contact me at requires state-scripted counseling for women filed a bill, HB 1639, stating that life begins at the firstname.lastname@example.org to find out seeking abortions and a mandatory 24-hour moment of fertilization and guaranteeing the right how to get involved. waiting period before an abortion can be to enjoyment of life for all “preborn” human beings performed after a woman receives written from the moment of fertilization. This bill is a Laurie Forbes information about the procedure. repeat and is unlikely to make it out of committee. Legislative Chair — VWAA The BCPA has been introduced in several Domestic violence. recent legislative sessions by Delegate Kristin Amundson (D-Mount Vernon) but has usually Delegate Jim Scott (D Fairfax) has introduced a bill We’re on the web at been tabled in House committees. In 2005, requiring that notice be given to the person on www.vwaa.org Contact Our Board of Directors President Kathleen J.L. Holmes email@example.com Board Member Virginia Brown firstname.lastname@example.org Virginia Women President-Elect Chandra D. Lantz email@example.com Board Member Marni E. Byrum firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary Barbara M. R. Marvin Bmarvin5@juno.com Board Member Caroline E. Costle email@example.com Attorneys Association Treasurer Catherine M. Reese Kate@ReeseLawOffice.com Board Member Catherine Croft firstname.lastname@example.org Immediate Past President Sheila M. Costin email@example.com Board Member Kyung Dickerson firstname.lastname@example.org Board Member M. 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Judge Strickland and Recipient of the VWAA Citizen Lawyer Award, Renae Patrick.