MRWBA News Update           November 2023


Welcome New (& Returning) Members!

    • Laura Berry, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
    • Cassandra Feher, Student, UR Law
    • Leanna Minix, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
    • Nisha Patel, Kelly M. Barnhart, Chapter 13 Trustee
    • Kristen Peterson, Student, UR Law
    • Margaret Reach, Student, William & Mary School of Law
    • Imani Sowell, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman
    • Emily Sutherland, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman


        Not a Member of MRWBA?

        Join Now!

        Student memberships are complimentary!


        Submit Your Nominations!

        It's not too late to submit you nominations for Virginia Lawyers Weekly's Influential Women of Law class of 2024. Nominate your colleagues, friends, mentors! The event honors women lawyers who are leaders in their firms and communities, and who devote time and effort to pro bono work and mentoring new lawyers. Send your nominations to MRWBA Awards Chair Casey Coleman (coleman@blackburnconte.comno later than December 1st. Please provide as much information as possible about your nominee. The Awards Committee will follow up with additional requests.

        Now is also a good time to add your resume to your member profile. Simply login at, go to your member profile and upload your resume. The Awards Committee will use the information to submit award nominations on behalf of our members.


        MRWBA Seeks Gold Sponsors!

        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 $101,126 per year. Register for a sponsorship now, or e-mail with questions.


        Join Us for the Holiday Luncheon!

        Join us on December 7, 2023, for MRWBA’s Holiday Luncheon!

        We encourage you to come ready to mingle with your fellow members as we all prepare for the holiday season. Registration will begin at noon, with the luncheon going from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please feel free to bring a colleague with you to join in the festivities! Click here for complete details or to register.


        Jingle Bell Ethics Planned

        Makes plans to join John Marshall Inn of Court & MRWBA for Jingle Bell Ethics on December 12 at the Jepson Center! This is going to be a very festive and fun event with the added bonus of CLE credit! Registration will start at starting at 5:30 with the program from 6:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. Food will be provided. Please register now for this free event!


        Member Spotlight

        This month’s spotlighted MRWBA member is Leanna Minix of Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman. She is a graduate of Washington & Lee Law School.     

        Where were you born?

        Salem, Virginia

        Tell us a little about yourself.  Spouse? Children? Pets?

        I have a Whoodle (Wheaten Terrier/Poodle) named Maisie and my boyfriend has a rescue husky mix named Fox. Between the two of them, our house is full of dog excitement.

        What type of law do you practice?

        My practice focuses on professional liability, commercial disputes, medical malpractice, and premises liability matters.

        What do you like most about practicing law?

        I changed my area of practice this year from post-conviction appeals to civil litigation, but I continue to enjoy digging into interesting topics and getting to the heart of evolving legal issues.

        What is the one app on your phone you cannot live without?


        What movie or TV show can you watch over and over again, no matter how many times you have seen it?

        The Mindy Project.

        If I wasn't practicing law I would be...

        An editor for a publisher, probably focused on non-fiction works (although editing novels would be a blast).

        If you were to visit my office, one of the first things you would notice would be...

        A group photograph of Chief Judge William P. Johnson's chambers (in Albuquerque, New Mexico) styled to look like an album cover with several of us holding superimposed instruments.

        What book is currently on your bedside table?

        Dune by Frank Herbert.


          MRWBA is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization.

          PO Box 6605, Richmond, VA 23230

          (804) 589-3213

          Copyright 2022

          Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software