MRWBA News Update           June 2024

Welcome New (& Returning) Members!

    • Catherine Bailey Sullivan, Turnbull Law Group
    • Abigail Paules, David Whaley LLC
    • Lila Shelley, Shelley Cupp Schulte, PC


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          Committee Service

          As you know, the strength of any organization is built on its membership. The diversity of the organizations and individuals that make up MRWBA have helped us build the community that exists today. As you prepare to enjoy your summer, please take a moment to consider volunteering with one of our committees in the coming year. 

          Working with an MRWBA committee is a great way to build your network while supporting the profession. Email for details.


          MRWBA Seeks Sponsors for the 2024-2025 Bar Year!

          MRWBA’s events are possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. These sponsorships provide an opportunity to promote your brand to a demographic of well-educated, professional women with an average salary of more than $100,000 per year.

          Plan ahead and secure your sponsorship for the 2024-2025 Bar Year now! Email for details.


          From the President

          Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

          Welcome to the 2024-2025 bar year! Although we do not have any MRWBA events scheduled this summer, your new board will be hard at work preparing for the upcoming bar year. 

          This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MRWBA, and our theme is twofold: (1) To look to the past to inform and inspire our future; and (2) To expand and grow member engagement. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.”

          This year, we hope to offer you insights, stories, and history from MRWBA’s first 50 years from the women who strove to take on leadership roles in law firms, boardrooms, law schools, nonprofits, government agencies, and the judiciary. In addition, this bar year we hope to build community and engagement as we look toward our next 50 years. 

          We know you have limited time between work, family, and community obligations, but I hope you’ll take time to become, or remain, engaged with MRWBA this year. We are always in search of dedicated volunteers, whether for a matter of hours or for a few decades. Stay tuned for more information about our September kickoff event!

          Amy Smith
          2024-2025 MRWBA President


          Congratulations to our 2024 Woman of Achievement Honoree!

          Congratulations from all of MRWBA to our 2024 Woman of Achievement honoree, Cynthia Hudson (pictured above). From her time as a city attorney to her pivotal role as the first Black woman to serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia to her successful tenure in the government practice group of Sands Anderson PC to owning her own firm, Cynthia has consistently demonstrated unparalleled leadership and expertise.

          Our honorees are recognized for their professional achievements and community service, distinction as a leader in the legal community and enhancement of the status, influence and effectiveness of women in the legal profession.


            Mark Your Calendar for MRWBA's 2024-2025 Events

            We know how busy you are, so we wanted to be sure to share the upcoming program dates for MRWBA so you can get them on your calendar now. Our programs at Willow Oaks are scheduled as luncheons (except as noted below):

            • September 11
            • October 16
            • December 6
            • February 5
            • April 23, Legislative Update Breakfast
            • May 21, Awards Reception

            There will also be mentorship events in November and March, along with some member coffees throughout the year. Watch for details as soon as we confirm those dates and locations.


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