I start this last message with a short update on the guardian ad litem survey conducted by the Board last year. As previously noted, we received a lot of valuable feedback from our members which we have now shared with the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) which oversees the guardian ad litem program in Virginia. The information received from our members demonstrates the important role guardians play for children. The Children’s Issues Subcommittee of the Board has been invited to work with OES to further discuss that program, something we greatly look forward to.
It feels like it was only last week that I sat down to write my first message as the Chair of the Family Law Section – and only the week before that when I began my service on the Board of Governors for this Section. But apparently it has been six years since I first joined the Board and almost a year as Chair. How time does fly – which it does when you’re having fun.
I feel like I’m repeating my predecessor (in fact, I am) in saying that working on the Board has been one of the most rewarding professional experiences in my life. I have met and worked with people throughout the Commonwealth that I would probably otherwise not encountered (except on social occasions). I have been constantly amazed at the level of dedication that every other member of the Board of Governors has brought to the table, whether it is by serving on the various subcommittees or participating in CLEs. The camaraderie of this group is inspiring which is not surprising. It is fun when you like what you’re doing.
The hard work and support of the Board has made my job look easy over the last year. In reality, the continued hard work and support of Dolly Shaffner, our liaison with the Bar, made the job actually easy. Without fail, her professionalism and dedication has kept the Board running and this Section as active as it has been all these years. She, I will truly miss.
Nonetheless, having the easiest job on the Board because of everyone else’s hard work, I am humbled by having the opportunity (and privilege) to serve as Chair for the past year, especially in light of those that have previously served and those who will in the future.
Charles E. Powers, Chair
Family Law Section