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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

Rich Garriott

We have come to the end of my term, and it seems like I just drafted my first Chair’s Message for the Fall issue of the Family Law Quarterly. Working on the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Board of Governors has been the most rewarding profes sional experience I have had. I would like to person ally thank all the members of the Board of Governors for the ir hard work and dedication over the past year. We have accomplished quite a bit, including putting on two very successful CLE’s, and obtaining information on the use of spousal support guidelines and the status of the Guardian ad litem system in Virginia. While the final Chair’s Message is normally dedicated to thanking members of the Board, I would like to thank one special person in particular – Dolly Shaffner. Dolly is an employee of the Virginia State Bar and is the liaison for the Family Law Section. Dolly really does all of the hard work. She sends out all of the blast e - mails, the questionnaires and surveys, and organizes all of our meetings. Dolly does her job professionally, diligently, and, more importantly, always with a smile. She has been a joy to work with over my last eight years on the Board.

I am going to miss everyone on the Board. With that in mind, I would encourage every member of the section to apply to join the Board of Governors. It is only with active participation from the Bar th at we can continue to improve the quality of legal representation we provide to the citizens of Virginia. Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving as your Chair over the past year.

Richard E. Garriott, Jr. (Rich)
Chair