2016 Annual Meeting
Congratulations to Helivi L. Holland, Past President and City Attorney for the City of Suffolk, VA, who received the L. Douglas Wilder Vanguard Award at the Old Dominion Bar Association’s 76th Annual Conference for her accomplishments and achievements inside and outside of the court. As the City Attorney, she is head of the City’s Legal Department and is the Chief Legal Advisor of the City Council, the City Manager, and all department directors, commissions and agencies of the City in all matters that affect the interest of the City. Attorney Holland’s philanthropic efforts are celebrated in the community where she stays active. She is on a number of boards, regularly speaks and trains on various subjects of law relating to leadership, juvenile crimes, domestic violence, child welfare, juvenile delinquency and juvenile re-entry.
Congratulations to Wayne Marcus Scriven, who received the Harold Marsh Sr. Community Service Award at the Old Dominion Bar Association’s 76th Annual Conference. Attorney 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. The Regent University School of Law, Black Law Students Association recently selected Attorney Scriven to receive its Dr. Joyce Mae Plummer’s Award for “Making Black History”, which was presented at its Annual Banquet in February 2016. Attorney Scriven has been recognized for his mentorship of law students and new lawyers as well.
Congratulations to our scholarship recipients, Letiequa M. Hayes Wallace of Liberty University School of Law and Willie Wilson of the College of William & Mary. They were honored at the Old Dominion Bar Association’s 76th Annual Conference by the judges of the essay competition: The Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, The Honorable Roxie O. Holder, Portsmouth General District Court and Jane M. Reynolds, Esq. We are proud of these young ladies and we look forward to their continued commitment to the Old Dominion Bar Association and our continued commitment to them and other law students in the Commonwealth.
Congratulations to Clarence Brooks, Treasurer, for receiving the President’s award at the Old Dominion Bar Association’s 76th Annual Conference. Clarence was honored 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. We salute you Attorney Brooks for your tenacity, drive and commitment to the Association.
As we close out the Old Dominion Bar Association’s 76th Annual Conference, we want to give a huge thank you to the conference co-chairs, Kim Crump, Esq. and Artisha Todd Gregg, Esq. They filled the weekend with education, socialization and entertainment. We extend additional gratitude to their committee members: Leonard L. Brown, Jr., Esq., Jennifer L. Williams, Esq., Darius K. Davenport, Esq., Clarence Brooks, Esq., Bruce C., Sams, Esq, Sharon Goodwyn, Esq., The Honorable Roxie O. Holder, The Honorable Teresa N. Hammons, The Honorable Marjorie Arrington and Tanya Lomax.
We give a special Thanks to our long time event planner who assisted in the planning and organizing of this conference from beginning to end, DeShonna S.H. Brown, MTA, CMP. We give a special thank you to additional ODBA members that gave their time, energy and effort to make this conference successful as well: Beverly A. Burton, Esq., and The Honorable Marilyn C. Goss-Thornton. Last but certainly not least, we give a special thank you for their hard work and dedication to Doreen Sams and Col. (Ret.) Lula B. Holland “Momma ODBA.”
Old Dominion Bar Association would like to Congratulate the 2016-2018 Board Members who were honored to be sworn in by The Honorable Rossie D. Alston Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Honorable D. Eugene Cheek of the Richmond Criminal General District Court.
Old Dominion Bar Association would like to thank our sponsors of the 76th Annual Conference. Without you, this event could not have been possible:
PRESENTING SPONSOR: HUNTON & WILLIAMS LLP
SILVER SPONSOR: SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS BAR ASSOC
HOSPITALITY ROOM SPONSOR
Old Dominion Bar Association would like to send a huge thank you to our Keynote Speaker of the 76th Annual Conference banquet, The Honorable Roger Gregory. Judge Gregory is the first African American to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. On December 27, 2000, he was placed on the Court by recess appointment of President William J. Clinton. Judge Gregory was re-nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate for a lifetime appointment to the Court in July 2001. Judge Gregory is the only person in the history of the United States to be appointed to the United States Court of Appeals by two Presidents of different political parties. On July 1, 2016, Judge Gregory will become Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit. Judge Gregory’s term will be for seven years.
Judge Gregory graduated from Virginia State University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, umm cum laude and the University of Michigan Law School in 1978. he holds honorary degrees from Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Widener University and Saint Paul’s College.
Judge Gregory began his legal career as an associate with the firm Butzel, Long, Gust, Klein & Van Zile in Detroit, Michigan. he later associated with the firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia. IN 1982, he formed the law firm of Wilder & Gregory with former Governor L. Douglas Wilder. He practiced law at Wilder & Gregory until his appointment to the bench.
Judge Gregory is a past president of the Old Dominion Bar Association. He is a past rector of and has served on the Board of Visitors for Virginia Commonwealth University. He has served on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University and also as an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law. He served on the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commission established by the President and Congress to commemorate that landmark decision.
Judge Gregory has received numerous awards which include the National Bar Association’s prestigious Gertrude E. Rush and Equal Justice Awards, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award. He received the Thurgood Marshall Award of Excellence, .He was awarded the William Green Award for Professional Excellence from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Judge Gregory presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond. Judge Gregory is an active member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg, Virginia. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Beta Boule.
Old Dominion Bar Association would like to send a huge thank you to our Keynote Speaker of the 76th Annual Conference judicial luncheon, The Honorable Raymond A. Jackson.
Old Dominion Bar Association would like to send a huge thank you to our Keynote Speaker of the 76th Annual Conference president’s luncheon, Rev. Dr. Steen G. Blunt of the First Baptist Church, Mahan Street,
Dr. Steven G. Blunt is the 12th pastor of the historical First Baptist Church Mahan of Suffolk, Virginia. A “native son” of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the son of Rev. and Mrs. Henry and Clarissa P. Blunt of Franklin, Virginia, Dr. Blunt is a 1996 Cum Laude Honor Graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia (B.A. Degree in Religion & Philosophy), a 1999 Cum Laude Honor Graduate of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University (Master of Divinity), a 2002 Cum Laude Honor Graduate of the Union Presbyterian School of Christian Education of Richmond, Virginia (Master of Theology Degree with a concentration in the field of Ethics and Historical Philosophy), and a 2009 graduate of Howard University’s School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. (Doctor of Ministry).
Closing in on almost twenty years in the pastorate, Dr. Blunt proudly served as pastor of the Mt. Ararat Missionary Baptist Church of Windsor, N.C. for six years before humbly accepting the call in 2002 to fulfill the pastorate of the historic First Baptist Church Mahan Street of Suffolk, Virginia. In addition to faithfully serving the pastorate of First Baptist Church Mahan, Pastor Blunt serves as the President of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia (youngest ever elected in state history), board member of Virginia Union University's Board of Trustees, Past Vice President of the Suffolk Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross (Suffolk Chapter), Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commission on Youth, and on several other communal advocacy organizations throughout the city of Suffolk and the Hampton Roads Area.
In April of 2013, Dr. Blunt was inducted as one of the youngest members into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA in affirmation of his advocacy for the academy and the work of social justice. Dr. Blunt is happily married to Mrs. Brandey Lemons-Blunt of New Kent County, VA and they are the very proud and blessed parents of two daughters, Nakari Brynae and Kori Cheyenne Blunt.
Old Dominion Bar Association would like to send a huge thank you to Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond, Virginia Beach City Council. She took time out of her busy schedule to personally extend greetings at our 76th Annual Conference banquet.
Dr. Ross-Hammond was followed by the Booker T. Washington High School Color Guard, Presentation of Colors and the 112 M.V.P. Mime Ministry performing Liturgical Dance. Throughout the night, we were entertained by a one man band, Wayne James.
We were thankful to have all of them sharing our conference with us. We were impressed, excited, entertained and amazed. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the next conference.