ODBA President Attends the Virginia Women Attorneys Association Fall Conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration
President Jane M. Reynolds attended the Virginia Women Attorneys Association (“VWAA”) at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 7, 2016. The theme of the Conference was The Long & Winding Road: Progress in the Law. Janis L. McDonald, Esq. Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative (“CCJI”) at Syracuse University College of Law and co-founder of the VWAA in 1981 was the keynote speaker.
Professor McDonald spoke about the trials and tribulations that she encountered along with co-founder the late Dulcey Fowler, Esq. (1996) and the rest of the members of the VWAA in the early 80’s as they fought for recognition, equality and judgeships along with many other things. A great time was had by all as we honored a number of judges and women in the law making a difference.
ODBA President Attends Bar Council Meeting
President Jane M. Reynolds attended the Virginia State Bar Council’s Fall Meeting at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, VA on October 7, 2016. While the majority of the members of the ODBA supported the proposal to amend Paragraph 18 of Part 6, Section IV of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Comments to Rule 6.1 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct and make Virginia the eleventh state to adopt pro bono self-reporting by attorneys, the proposal failed by a very close vote. Additionally, the Council reported on a number of developments. Bar Council and ODBA Members in attendance included: Michael W. Robinson (VSB President), Doris H. Causey (VSB President-elect), Edward L. Weiner (VSB Immediate Past President), Chidi I. James, Bruce E. Robinson, Todd A. Pilot, Lorrie A. Sinclair, Karl A. Doss. For a complete summary of meeting highlights, please visit the Virginia State Bar website and select news/item/council-meeting.
ODBA Collaborates with the Links, Incorporated - Arlington (VA) Chapter
President Jane M. Reynolds along with Executive Board Member Kiah Spinks and Member Timothy Cherry attended The Encounter, A Community Forum on Youth and Law Enforcement in Arlington, Virginia on October 6, 2016 in Alexandria, Virginia. Panelist included The Honorable William T. Newman, Jr. (ODBA member), Master of Ceremonies, DJ EZ Street (radio show host), Moderator, Joe Madison (radio talk show host and civil rights activist), William R. “Billy” Martin, Esq. (Principal Attorney at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.), Captain Donald Hayes (Alexandria Police Dept), Gene Rossi, Esq (Former Fed Prosecutor (2001-16)), Angela J. Davis, Esq. (Professor at American University, WCL), Reverend Taft Quincey Heatley (Sr Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church), Maya Long (Eastern Region Teen President of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.), and Hadi Kamara (Jr at T.C. Williams HS). The Lee Recreation Center was packed with children and adults as an in-depth discussion took place on how one should act or react when encountering police officers. ODBA was proud to be one of the sponsors of this event.
The Loving Story Screening
The Old Dominion Bar Association, Prince William County Bar Association, and the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association came together for their first joint event, a screening of the documentary, “The Loving Story.” The film chronicled the lives and legal battle of Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed race couple who were exiled from their home state of Virginia due to its law against interracial marriage. Bernard Cohen, one of the attorneys who fought and won the Loving v. Virginia case in Supreme Court addressed the audience after the film. In addition to the three bar associations, the event was sponsored by the Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County, which kindly provided a venue for showing the film, and the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. Thanks to all who attended this historic, and very special screening event!
ODBA President Attends the 91st NBA Convention in St. Louis, MO
President Jane Reynolds attended the National Bar Association’s 91st Annual Convention & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri. The convention was held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel July 15-22, 2016, and opened with a prayer breakfast with Grammy Award Winning Gospel Artist, Yolanda Adams. The convention also consisted of performances at the President’s Black Party with Grammy Nominated Artist Kelly Price and the Gary Firm White Party with Frankie Beverly and Maze.
The convention offered a plethora of continuing legal education seminars and had several presidential showcases.
Presidential Showcase #1 featured the Father Movement, discussions with Michael Brown, Sr. (Father of Michael Brown); Ron Davis (Father of Jordan Davis); Bobby Johnson (Uncle of Oscar Grant); and Tracy Martin (Father of Travon Martin).
Presidential Showcase #4 included a Historic Trip to Ferguson, Missouri, where we walked the path of Michael Brown with Congressman Bobby Scott, the Rev. Jessie Jackson, Immediate past President Benjamin Crump, Michael Brown’s mother and many others.
The trip concluded at St. Mark Family Church where we were joined by Journalist and TV Host, Ed Gordon. Mr. Gordon served as moderator for the “Mothers of the Movement: Transforming Tragedy Into Triumph In and Out of the Courtroom."
The panelists included: Sybrina Fulton (Mother of Travyon Martin); Lucia McBath (Mother of Jordan Davis); Lesley McSpadden (Mother of Michael Brown); Collette Flanagan (Mother of Clinton Allen); and Marian Tolan (Mother of Robbie Tolan), along with many other mothers in the audience that lost loved ones at the hands of police officers. The Black Lives Matter movement continues on.
Presidential Showcase #5 featured the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition, which involved high school students competing for scholarships. This showcase was held on Thursday evening as we honored many high school students for their award winning essays. We also honored our very own Jamar Watkins, 11th grader from the 4th District (our district).
President Reynolds attended many receptions to include a reception for the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated. Our very own Pamela Boston was present at the Convention and is also a member. Additionally, President Reynolds attended the Links Incorporated reception. Our very own Judge Eileen Anita Olds was in attendance and present at the convention.
Elections for officers were held and President Reynolds attended the NBA Affiliate chapter Presidents’ and President-Elects’ activities. New officers, including President Kevin Judd, were sworn in during Thursday’s annual banquet.
There were numerous great judges, trial attorneys, U.S. Representatives and speakers to include Carl E. Douglas, Esq. (O.J. Simpson defense team); Joey Jackson, Esq.(CNN & HLN Legal Analyst); Benjamin Crump, Esq. (Immediate Past President of NBA), and Travon Martin’s defense team (Parks & Crump); Monique Pressley, Esq. (Attorney for Bill Cosby); Willie E. Gary, Esq. (24 billion dollar man as he is often called); Paulette Brown, Esq. (President, American Bar Association); Valerie Jarrett (Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama); the Rev Jesse Jackson (President and CEO of Rainbow Push Coalition); Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA); Congressman Lacy Clay (D-MO); and our very own Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), to name a few.
The 92nd convention will be held Toronto.
ODBA at VBA 126th Summer Meeting
The ODBA was a special guest of the VBA and Past President Holland enjoyed every extension of VBA hospitality. ODBA Member and VBA President James "Jim" Guy, II was a most gracious host of several events. Over 600 attendees enjoyed a litany of CLEs, receptions and dinner.
Past President Holland was honored to attend the meeting in the absence of President Jane Reynolds due to her attendance at the NBA Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO. Details of the NBA Meeting will be coming soon.
ODBA’s First Webinars was a Success.
Thanks is given to all who participated on May 24, 2016, in the ODBA’s first hosted webinar with the Virginia State Bar (VSB) entitled: Making a Cast for Pro Bono: The Justice Gap, Rule 6.1, and Virginia’s New Online Pro Bono Website. The webinar had more participants registered than other webinar of VSB this year.
A huge expression of gratitude is given to ODBA Member and VSB Director of Access to Legal Services Karl Doss for coordinating this collaboration between ODBA and VSB. Karl and ODBA President Helivi L. Holland served as a panelist. Participants received 1.5 free Ethics CLEs with a commitment to provide pro bono services. A copy of the presentation is here.
ODBA members are asked to provide pro-bono services. Rule 6.1 says “a lawyer should render at least two percent per year of the lawyer’s professional time to pro bono public legal services.” The VSB will launch Virginia.freelegalanswers.org in August of 2016. This will be a site on which low-income Virginians can log onto the internet, file legal questions and get answers to their questions from volunteer lawyers licensed in Virginia.
As Virginia’s Advocates for Equal Justice we have an obligation to be actively providing pro bono services. The ODBA will provide more information regarding the ability to provide pro bono services soon.
ODBA serves as co-sponsor of the IILP Washington D.C. Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession – 11/11/2015
The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) is having a Symposium on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession in Washington, D.C. at Baker & McKenzie on Wednesday, November 11th, from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. The Old Dominion Bar Association has accepted the invitation to serve as a co-sponsor. This co-sponsorship entitles ODBA Members to register for the program at a 50% discount ($25 rather than $50).
The symposium provides an easy and convenient source for data and information about diversity in the legal profession, with IILP’s recent symposium in New York heralded as addressing "an old problem with a new approach!" The upcoming symposium in Washington, D.C. is no exception and will be a forum for discussing diversity and inclusion with the latest data, statistics, and perspectives on the issues.
The ODBA thanks Sarah Miller, Program Associate and University of Chicago Public Interest Program Fellow, and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession for extending this opportunity to the membership of ODBA. For more information, you can reach Ms. Miller at:
"Meet the Professionals" with BLSA at W&M
On behalf of the undergraduate chapter of Black Law Students Association at the college of William and Mary, Jakim Aaron, President of the Undergraduate Chapter of BLSA William and Mary Class of 2018, extends this invitation. The primary purpose of the Chapter is to promote the academic, professional, and social needs of prospective law students, specifically but not exclusively, from a minority background, here at the college.
The undergraduate chapter of the Black Law Students Association in alliance with the African American Male Coalition, will be hosting a “Meet the Professionals” panel and lunch on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 11 AM to 2 PM . This event will encompass a forum in which representatives from various aspects of the legal profession can share their experiences with our students, while also providing our students with the opportunity to network and receive guidance on further working towards their goals.
BLSA invites ODBA members to support this event. Jakim writes that "as patrons who have built strong relationships with the community, if you are willing to dedicate some of your time or get us in contact with others who may be able to contribute, please forward all information to Tiyrah Fields (email@example.com), Secretary of the Undergraduate BLSA."
ODBA invited to press event of AG Herring launching impartial-policing initiative
Attorney General Mark Herring on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, launched a statewide training initiative to assist police in appropriately using force, de-escalating dangerous situations and recognizing potential biases they may bring to the job. He appeared at press events held in Arlington, Richmond, and Norfolk on Tuesday. Several legislators, state officials and law enforcement officers were present at each event. ODBA Member and VA Delegate Joe Lindsey joined the AG at the Norfolk press event.
At a news conference, Herring said he was motivated to act over the last year after rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, and in Baltimore. He acknowledged that Virginia has had incidents of its own that have called into question whether police have used excessive force or might be targeting minorities.
In explaining the need for the training, Herring cited national statistics about the increased likelihood that African-Americans will be pulled over for traffic stops, among other data.
"It’s clear that, as a nation, we have more than a perception problem," he said. "It’s hard to acknowledge, but it’s even harder to experience."
Herring acknowledged the assistance of ODBA Member and Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hudson’s work on this imitative.
Speaking to ODBA President Helivi Holland, Herring thanked the ODBA for accepting his invitation to attend the event and was pleased that President Holland attended the Norfolk event and Secretary Stacy Lee attended the event in Richmond.
For more information visit the VA AG's website.
ODBA Receives LexisNexis Award from VBAThe ODBA graciously and proudly accepted the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) LexisNexis Award at the VBA's Summer Conference on July 25, 2015, at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. This award was presented by VBA President Henry "Pete" Johnson III to ODBA President Helivi L. Holland.
The award was given to the ODBA "on the occasion of their 75th anniversary and in recognition of the ODBA's unwavering pursuit of justice through the rule of law."
Present for this auspicious occasion were some of ODBA newest members, VBA President Henry "Pete" Johnson, III, VBA President-Elect James Patrick Guy, II and Virginia State Bar President Ed Weiner.
Expressions of gratitude were given to the members of the VBA with special recognition to VBA Executive Director Yvonne McGhee.
ODBA at NBA 90th Annual Convention
The NBA "Got Live in LA" and the ODBA was there to enjoy all of the events. ODBA members, Judges Angela Roberts, Eileen Olds, Tanya Bullock, Gayle Carr, and Teresa Hammons, Congressman Bobby Scott and Pamela Boston joined ODBA President Helivi Holland, as attendees of the NBA 90th Annual Convention, July 18-July 24, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA.
CLEs were numerous and great. Very noteworthy was the session entitled "The Role of the Judiciary and Equality for All" with panelist of television and sitting judges and a commissioner of juvenile court. On the panel were television Judges Mablean, Judge Kevin Ross, and Judge Faith, sitting Judge Allen J. Webster and Commissioner Catherine Pratt.
The entertainment was really nice, as we were entertained by Grammy award winners and nominees, Johnny Gill, Chante Moore, Michelle, and Kenny Lattimore.
The dancing took place with DJ Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa. A great performance was given by comedian Michael Conyers and there was a visit by Louis Gossett, Jr.
It was wonderful to see our 2015 ODBA Winter Meeting speaker and NBA President, Benjamin L. Crump, take his oath of office as the 73rd President of the NBA. Congratulations was expressed to our newly elected President-Elect Kevin Judd from Washington D.C. Also, it was wonderful to see the ODBA 75th Anniversary Conference keynote speaker, ABA President-Elect Paulette Brown, receive the NBA’s highest award: the C. Francis Stadford Award.
Current Immediate Past President, Pamela Meanes, the 72nd President of the NBA, was given much deserved accolades for her advocacy and her administrative accomplishments during her tenure. It was magnificent to hear that she reduced the debt of the NBA by over $800,000 during her one year as President.
Many future activities of the NBA were announced and the following dates were given:
ODBA at VSB 77th Annual Meeting …Wonderful Days at the BeachODBA members had a wonderful time at the VSB 77th Annual Meeting, June 18 – 20, 2015 in Virginia Beach. ODBA members were presenters, speakers, participants, registrants and served on committees.
The ODBA continued to get so many compliments from so many people in attendance of this meeting about its 75th Anniversary Meeting. ODBA thanks the VSB for the “special guest” invitation and the hospitality placed upon the ODBA President.
See all the fun the members and others had below.
ODBA, a proud sponsor of the 30th Anniversary Court of Appeals Celebration
The President and three other Executive Committee Members, Beverly A. Burton, Stacy Lee and Doris Causey, attended the celebratory activities of 30th Anniversary of the Court of Appeals of Virginia on June 2, 2015. The celebration began with a special session of the Virginia Supreme Court convening with a history of the Court presentation given by the Hon. Johanna Fitzpatrick, Retired Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and Professor John G. Douglass, University of Richmond School of Law. A resolution that included the endorsement of the ODBA and other bar associations was present by the Virginia State Bar. ODBA served as a proud sponsor of the reception. Court of Appeals Retired Judge Benton was one of the honorees.
Members of ODBA assist SHRBA “So You’re 18” presentation at Lakeland High School, Suffolk, VA
The Southampton Roads Bar Association (SHRBA) held a presentation of the VA State Bar’s (VSB) “So You’re 18” at Lakeland High School in Suffolk, VA on April 30, 2015. This presentation is designed to assist 18 year olds with the transition into adulthood. Those in attendance learn the new rights and responsibilities that happen as a result of reaching the age of 18. Assistant Principal of Lakeland, Tina Paul, was instrumental in coordinating the presentation to three 12thgrade Government classes. SHRBA Member Tameeka Williams did an outstanding job coordinating the Suffolk attorneys and judge participation with ODBA and SHRBA Member Solomon Ashby,. ODBA and SHRBA President Marcus Scriven was present with other members and student members of the SHRBA. After the VSB produced video “So You’re 18” was seen, SHRBA member Denise Jackson (Deputy Public Defender for Suffolk), ODBA and SHRBA member Solomon Asbhy (Suffolk Assistant City Attorney) and ODBA Judicial Member Judge Alfred Bates (Suffolk General District Court) served as panelists. Students were provided with the VSB “So You’re 18” pamphlet and were given an opportunity to ask questions. Several questions were asked by the students about several legal matters.
SHRBA has made several presentations at high schools across Hampton Roads and looks forward to doing more.
ODBA Welcomed at the 2015 VTLA Annual Meeting
March 26-28, 2015
The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) extended an invitation to the ODBA to attend its 2015 Annual Conference at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The VTLA extended complimentary registration to the President of ODBA, Helivi Holland, to attend the conference in its entirety. Jack Harris, Executive Director of the VTLA, was a great host to President Holland.
The event was held March 26-28, 2015, and included informative CLEs, great speakers, and delicious meals. Two ODBA Judicial Members, Judge S. Bernard Goodwyn and Magistrate Judge Roderick Young, served as speakers at the conference. Also in attendance was ODBA Member Christopher Jones. The ODBA extends its appreciation to the VTLA for the exceptional hospitality.
ODBA participates in the ABA Law Student 4th Circuit Division Spring Meeting
February 27-March 1, 2015
ODBA members, President Helivi L. Holland, City Attorney for the City of Suffolk, and the Honorable Randall G. Johnson, III, Henrico JDRC, served on panels during the meeting. President Holland served on the panel “Finding Your Legal Niche” and Judge Johnson served on the panel “Missed Manners and Courtroom Decorum.” The Spring Meeting took place at College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law from February 27 – March 1, 2015. Law school students in the Division from NC, SC, VA and WV attended.
ODBA Awareness and Award Reception at William and Mary School of Law
The ODBA held its third reception of its signature program of the ODBA Awareness and Award Reception at Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary on January 27, 2015. Eighteen William and Mary law school students attended to hear Judge Cassandra Conyers, Judge (Ret.) Gammiel Poindexter, Deputy City Attorney of Hampton Karen James and ODBA President/City Attorney for Suffolk Helivi Holland talk of the value of membership in the ODBA. The students engaged the members in conversation about the history of the ODBA and career choices. The Reception ended with awarding the ODBA Book and Other Materials Scholarship of $250 to Phillip Lecky, 3L.
ODBA Participates in VSB First Day and Beyond Seminar of New VA Lawyers
Second ODBA Awareness and Award Reception at University of Richmond School of Law
University of Richmond's BLSA students had a robust showing at the ODBA and University of Richmond Networking Social on November 11, 2014. BLSA students had an opportunity to speak with ODBA members about the purpose of the ODBA, networking and potential contributions to the legal community. ODBA board member Beverly A. Burton gave a brief welcome and invitation to service through membership in the ODBA. ODBA gave a book scholarship of $250 to the student who was able to give a well-reasoned answer to the question, "what is the difference between justice and fairness?" Jonathan Mark, a second year law student, won the book scholarship. ODBA members had a wonderful opportunity to meet and fellowship with tomorrow's legal leaders.
Special thanks is given to ODBA Executive Committee Member Shawri King-Casey and University of Richmond School of Law Arianna White for coordinating the well-attended reception.
Leonard L. Brown, Jr., Beverly A. Burton, Curtis Hairston, Robert Hagans, and S. Howard Woodson III, all members of the Boyd-Graves Committee, attended the invitation-only annual meeting in Richmond October 24-25, 2014. The group of lawyers, judges, and law professors recommended several changes: amendment to Rule 5A:30 to provide for attorney fees in domestic relations appeals; a new statute to require notice to the Virginia attorney general when civil litigants challenge a state constitutional provision; code amendment to allow establishment of jurisdiction by affidavit in divorce cases; a new form that allows personal representatives to sue for either personal injury, wrongful death or both; code change to allow petitions for temporary injunctions to be supported or opposed by affidavit or verified pleading.
October 1, 2014
ODBA President H. Holland and Secretary S. Lee attended the VA District Court Judges Conference from September 28 through October 1, 2014. The Conference was held at the Norfolk Marriott. The Supreme Court graciously paid for all of the expenses of the President and Secretary. Additionally, they received over nine hours of free CLEs. ODBA judicial members in attendance included the Honorables M. Goss, A. Roberts, R. Johnson, A. Talton-Harris, T. Hammons, T. Bullock, B. Jamison, E. Cheeks, E. Olds, C. Congers, G. Carr, and others.
October 23-24, 2014
President Holland attended the VSB Bar Council Dinner and Meeting on October 23 - 24, 2014. The events occurred at the Alexandria Hilton. Present were Bar Council members from across the Commonwealth, including ODBA executive committee member Doris Causey, who represents the 13th District. Various reports were given by various committees which included the report regarding the bar dues increase of $25 by the Supreme Court and the increase in the individual cap of the client protection fund from $50,000 to $75,000.
The three candidates for 2015 President-Elect, Michael W. Robertson, Tom Edmondson, and Ray Benzinger gave brief statements seeking support. A brief question and answer period was held.
VSB President Kevin Martingayle welcomed the ODBA throughout the reception and meeting. Additionally, it was announced that ODBA Executive Board Member, Doris Causey, announced her candidacy for the 2016 President-Elect election.
October 21, 2014
The Judicial Evaluation Committee of the ODBA interviewed 24 of the 25 judicial candidates for one vacancy on the VA Supreme Court and two vacancies on the VA Court of Appeals. The committee chair, Beverly Burton, and other committee members conducted interviews from 8:30 am to after 9:30 pm. Rankings will be published by November 3, 2014 as a benchmark date noted by the Senate and House Courts of Justices.
June 7, 2014 at Norfolk, VA
The ODBA approved the awarding of $1500 in prize money for winners of the Region 4 NBA MLK Justice Advocacy Competition at its Annual Meeting. The competition was held on June 7, 2014 at Norfolk State University. Three of the four judges were ODBA members, Helivi L. Holland, Esq., The Honorable Tanya Bullock and Wayne Scrivens, Esq. The winners and awards are as follows:
1st Place – Corinne Hilicke of Glen Allen, VA $550
2nd Place – Rhodesia Roberts of Gaithersburg, MD $550
3rd Place – Leah Woody of Lanham MD $400
Other sponsors contributed to the monetary awards, so the 1st place winner actually received an award of $1200.
Corinne Hilicki will represent the Region 4 at the NBA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA at the end of this month. The President and other members will be present at the National competition July 23, 2014 to cheer Corinne to a national victory.
We extend expressions to our member Pamela Boston, Esq. who was the coordinator of the event and Norfolk State University for their hospitality. Also, we thank our member W. T. Mason for his attendance of the event and our “ODBA Mom” Col. (Ret.) Lula B. Holland for extending a welcome to us on behalf of the Norfolk State University as a member of their Board of Visitors.