It was a pleasure to see many of you at the Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. This year, the Family Law Section presented a CLE titled, “Will it Ever End? Handling Post-Divorce Issues” and also co-sponsored with the Virginia Joint ADR Committee a CLE titled, “Making Peace at Home for Our Veterans: Skills to Enhance Serving Veterans in Family Law and Other Civil Disputes.” During our business meeting at the beach, the Family Law Section elected the following officers for 2013-14: Carl J. Witmeyer, II (Chair), Richard Garriott Jr. (Vice-Chair), and Charles E. Powers (Secretary). I will continue to serve the Section as Immediate Past Chair. New members were elected to the board as follows: Christopher Malinowski (Fairfax), Mary Commander (Norfolk), John Huntington (Christianburg), Judge Richard Wallerstein, Jr. (Circuit Court, Henrico County), and Judge Glen Huff (Court of Appeals of Virginia).
I would like to personally thank our exiting board members, William Scott, IV, Judge Frederick Rockwell, III, and Judge Rossie Alston, Jr. for their hard work, dedication, and service during the past 4 years. I would like to personally thank Dolly Shaffner, our VSB staff liaison, who keeps this section running day to day. I would also like to welcome Carl Witmeyer as our next Chair, I know that he has many wonderful things planned for us next year.
As I sit down to write my last Chair’s Message, I again want to encourage our members to become involved with the Virginia State Bar and the Family Law Section. During my term on the Board of Governors, I met many hard-working attorneys who exemplify professionalism and civility; it has truly been an honor and privilege. It has also been a thoroughly enjoyable experience, both personally and professionally.
Have a wonderful summer!
Very Truly Yours,
Cassandra M. Chin, Chair
Nichols Zauzig Sandler P.C.
12660 Lake Ridge Drive
Woodbridge, Virginia 22191