Message from the President

Jane Reynolds, President


It is an honor and privilege to serve as President of the Old Dominion Bar Association after having been sworn in by the Honorable Rossie D. Alston, Jr. at our wonderful annual conference banquet June 4, 2016.  As I stated in my welcome letter, Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (keynote speaker), Judge Raymond A. Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (judicial luncheon speaker) and Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia continue to do God’s work on and off the bench...  They learned early on what most of us view as a burden is actually a blessing in disguise. If you were fortunate enough to make the conference and hear the presentations or if you have encountered any of them, you know exactly what I am talking about. Thank you Judges for all that you do.

I have had the privilege of serving as a board member since 2010 under three remarkable Presidents: Robert A Williams, Vinceretta Taylor Chiles and Helivi Holland.  They have all taken our Association to a new level and continue to serve as great teachers, leaders and mentors. 

Congratulations to Helivi L. Holland, Past President, who received the L. Douglas Wilder Vanguard Award for her accomplishments and achievements inside and outside of the court. 

Congratulations to my good friend, Wayne Marcus Scriven, who received the Harold Marsh Sr. Community Service Award. Scriven has served numerous boards, involved with many organizations, he is the current President of the Urban League Guild of Hampton Roads and he is also past president of the South Hampton Roads Bar Association, which was recently voted Local Bar Leader of the Year.

Congratulations to the Honorable Angela Edwards Roberts, the first elected African American female judge in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She has served with distinction as a Judge of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court since 1990.  Judge Roberts has received numerous awards and recognition for her passionate work both on and off the bench.  She has a lifetime membership with the Old Dominion Bar Association.  Judge Roberts was also a part of the winning golf team along with her husband and board member, Roscoe Roberts.  A huge thank you to Eva Juncker for organizing the golf tournament, which was a success.

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients, Letiequa M. Hayes Wallace of Liberty University School of Law and Willie Wilson of the College of William & Mary.  We are proud of these young ladies and we look forward to being able to provide additional scholarships to deserving students.

Congratulations to Clarence H. Brooks, Treasurer, for receiving the President’s award. Clarence was awarded for his efficiency, diligence and over all hard work.  He has agreed to continue serving as Treasurer and will be a member of our Audit Committee.

Over the next two years, we will continue the work that our past presidents started and embark on new projects.  We are looking forward to the involvement of new and seasoned members. We welcome all members to join our conference calls beginning in August, every 4th Saturday of the month at 10:00am unless otherwise noted. We welcome your ideas and involvement. Call in information will be provided and the meeting minutes will be posted in the members section on our website.

Please join me in welcoming your board members for 2016-2018:

  •          Stacy E. Lee - President Elect
  •          Pia J. Miller - Secretary
  •          Clarence H. Brooks - Treasurer
  •          Kiah Spinks - Parliamentarian
  •          Helivi Holland - Past President
  •          Angela Bowser
  •          Leonard Brown
  •          Doris Causey
  •          Darius Davenport
  •          Donald Gee
  •          Shawri King-Casey
  •          Jordan McKay
  •          Roscoe Roberts
  •          Bruce Sams
  •          Tonnie Villines
  •          Joan Ziglar

I would be remiss if I did not give a huge thank you and excellent job to our co-chairs of the banquet, Kim M. Crump, Esq., Artisha Gregg, Esq., and Event Planner, DeShonna Brown, and other committee members that made this banquet great.

I look forward to serving as your President over the next two years as we continue the works of our founders and take a stand on the tough issues that impact us all. 

Yours in service,

Jane Reynolds, President
Old Dominion Bar Association

About ODBA

Spawned from the need to confront a policy that offended personal and professional dignity, from the need for African-American lawyers to associate for personal and professional growth, and from a need to encourage African-American lawyers to participate in the Virginia State Bar, the ODBA grew into an organization that filled not only those particular needs but one that also has provided continuity of leadership and support with respect to the various concerns of particular interest to African Americans and other people of color.

For example, over the past thirty years, ODBA members diligently, and successfully, worked to ensure the appointment of African-American lawyers to judgeships around the state.

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President Trump plans to nominate ODBA member Judge Rossie D Alston to the federal bench to take the seat of ODBA member Judge Gerald Bruce Lee who retired this fall. ODBA members continue to have a great season! Congratulations Judge Alston!

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ODBA and BLSA of Regent Law School Forum: "Coming Together for Solutions: Prosecutors and Public Defenders"

ODBA and BLSA of Regent Law School co-sponsored a forum entitled, "Coming Together for Solutions: Prosecutors and Public Defenders" in the Moot Court Room of the Regent's Law School.

People on the panel:

  • Regina Hurt
  • Jamiliah Cruise
  • Vivian Henderson
  • Simone Booth
  • Shameka Hankins
  • Bruce Sams
  • Anton Bell
  • Tyrone Johnson

Led by the moderator, ODBA Member Artisha Gregg, the discussion focused on how attorneys on the opposite side of the courtroom work together yet maintain their inherent adversarial roles. The event was attended by law school students and seasoned and new attorneys.

"Making Black History Award" Given to President Holland and Member Scriven

Congratulations is extended to our President, Helivi L. Holland, and our Member W. Marcus Scriven on their receipt of Regent BLSA's Joyce Marie Plemmer Making Black History Award. Attorney Joyce Marie Plemmer was the first black attorney to graduate from Regent University. Last year, the law school recognized her and honored two of the ODBA's Judicial Members, Judges Teresa Hammons and Tanya Bullock. This year's awards were presented on February 26, 2016, in Regent University's Library Atrium at a dinner attended by more than 140 persons, including several ODBA members and our webmaster.

The announcement of the award from the BLSA chapter read that "these recipients were chosen because they embody the courage, boldness, and community spirit of the Black Law Students Association. They have also been consistent conduits of service opportunities for the student leadership of BLSA by introducing students to other attorneys and judges in order to establish one-on-one mentorship connections and by participating in forums from which to glean invaluable wisdom pertaining to the practice of law."

Pictured are Holland and Scriven and Holland, Plemmer and Scriven. President Holland is the first female and the first black City Attorney for the City of Suffolk. Member Scriven is a sole practitioner with law licenses in Virginia, California, South Carolina and DC.

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