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June 15, 2019

Marni E. Byrum Becomes President of the Virginia State Bar

Marni E. Byrum of Alexandria is the Virginia State Bar's new president. She was sworn in at the Annual Meeting on June 14 and succeeds President Leonard C. Heath Jr. for the 2019-20 term. 

Byrum’s law practices focuses on labor, employment and personnel law. She is a frequent lecturer regarding ethics issues, labor and employment law, and alternative dispute resolution.

Byrum has served in numerous positions in the bar dating back to 1984. Currently, she serves on Bar Council and the Executive Committee, chairs the Standing Committee on Budget and Finance, and is a member of the Special Committee on the Future of Law Practice. She is a past chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, the Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, and the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Task Force. 

Byrum is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys. She is a member of the Boyd Graves Conference, a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, and was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as a 2014 Leader in the Law. She is also a Past President of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Northern Virginia Legal Services Board, and the Arlington County Bar Association. 

A 1976 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has served on its Alumni Board, the President's Advisory Board and the Dean's Round Table for the College of Arts and Sciences, and currently serves on the Dean’s Round Table for the College of Science. She earned her JD from Pepperdine University in 1979. 

In addition to her work within the legal community, Byrum has been recognized for her public and volunteer work, receiving the University Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Virginia Tech, the Women of Distinction Award from Soroptimist International and the Person of Vision Award from the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women.

Byrum is married to family law attorney Martha JP McQuade. They have been together for 33 years and, in 2006, combined their practices with the establishment of McQuade Byrum PLLC. 

Updated: Jun 10, 2019