Military Law

Cynthia H. Norwood, Chair

Membership: 
In July of 2014, the Military Law Section had 247 members.  By June of 2015, the section membership had increased to 286.   

Funds and Budget: 
The Military Law Section began the year with $4,175.00 and ended the year with $1,056.95. 

Section Activities: 
The Military Law Section had a very productive year!  This section is very proud of its record of sponsoring two free CLE programs annually.  The Fall CLE program was held on October 17th in the conference room at the Virginia State Bar offices in Richmond.  Our featured speakers included VSB Bar counsel Edward L. Davis, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve; Alexis Stackhouse of The Litigation Practice of Alexandria, a U.S. Air Force Reserve JAG; David Irvin, Chief of the Consumer Protection Section, Office of the Attorney General; Donna Price, of JAG Defense in Virginia Beach; James Akridge, Chief, Claims Branch, Office of Command Judge Advocate, Ft. Eustis, Virginia; and Prescott L. Prince, Assistant Bar Counsel of the VSB.  The CLE included outstanding presentations on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, consumer law, military security clearances, military personal injury claims, and ethical considerations for the military attorney.  The program was free to Military Law Section Members and included two hours of ethics.  The CLE was an outstanding success and the CLE Committee received positive feedback regarding all of the speakers.   

For the Spring CLE program, entitled “Military Law Update,” we returned to Marine Corps Base Quantico on Friday, May 22nd.  Our featured speakers included Sandra Smith, who is a partner in the law firm of Oast & Taylor.  She is also certified as an elder law attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.  Other speakers included Alexis Stackhouse of The Litigation Practice of Alexandria;   Jeremy Bedford, a Case Management Attorney with the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program where he practices veterans’ law before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; and VSB Bar counsel Edward L. Davis, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Topics included estate planning for special needs family members, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, veteran’s benefits, and the ethics of representing incapacitated individuals.  Once again, the program was an outstanding success. 

The Military Law Section also published its Spring 2015 Newsletter, which included articles regarding military pensions, landlord concession fees as an attempt to circumvent the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.  The Military Law Section Board of Governors voted to remove the password protection from its website, so that anyone who wants to read the newsletters is now able to do so.   

Special thanks go to my Vice Chair, Donna Price, Board Secretary, Dwain Alexander, II, Chair of the CLE Committee, Leah M. Davenport, Chair of the Newsletter Committee, Mary M. Benzinger, Chair of the Nominating Committee, Ernest Harper, and Virginia State Bar Special Projects Coordinator, Dolly C. Shaffner.  It is truly a team effort and we appreciate all of our volunteers and staff. 

At the VSB annual meeting in June of 2015, the Board elected new officers: 

Donna P. Price, Chair
Leah M. Davenport, Vice Chair 
Alexis N. Stackhouse, Secretary 
Mary M. Benzinger, Newsletter Editor
Cynthia H. Norwood; Immediate Past Chair

Updated: Nov 18, 2015