7th Circuit Candidates

Polly Chong

I am an active member of The Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association, VWAA, The Virginia State Bar (serving on Access to Justice Committee – First District Disciplinary Committee – Fee Dispute Resolution), I' Anson-Hoffman Inns of Court (Treasurer), and The American Inns of Court. 

I believe my service to these organizations makes me well suited to serve as Bar Council for the 7th Circuit. 

What I hope to accomplish is to improve the legal profession in a manner that advances the quality and availability of legal services to the citizens of the Commonwealth, and in addition, a focus on professionalism, ethics, and civility.




Benjamin M. Mason

A 1984 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, I served as Law Clerk in Norfolk to United States District Court Judge Richard B. Kellam from 1984 to 1985 before becoming an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Norfolk from 1985 to 1988. 

I began practicing in Newport News in 1988 in a number of areas including workers’ compensation, insurance defense and criminal defense.  I served as President of the NNBA from July 2001 to June 2002. 

I am qualified to represent the Seventh Judicial Circuit on Bar Council based on my experience and the various areas of the law in which I practice.  On Bar Council, I will keep the members updated on issues and will seek input on votes to be held by Bar Council.  I appreciate your consideration of my request to serve on Bar Council.



Mark R. Matney

I would like to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s Council because I have been a great beneficiary of the VSB and want to contribute to it as well.

I served previously for a total of eight years on the boards of three nonprofit organizations, in addition to other volunteering.  I am an active member of the Newport News Bar Association.  I have also participated in the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s Legal Food Frenzy and conducted legal clinics for a local homeless shelter.

As a Council member I will assist with the work being done to protect the Bar’s ability to remain self-governing, to promote a positive view of the profession, and to improve access to legal services.

Thank you for your consideration.

Updated: Apr 07, 2017