Virginia State Bar

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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Chair’s Message

Each year, the Board of Governors of the Family Law Section selects a worthy recipient of the Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing Betty respected her for her limitless energy and equally limitless contributions to Family Law in Virginia. She truly was a force of nature!

We want to recognize our colleagues who have made great contributions over their careers to the cause that Betty fought for. You may self-nominate or nominate someone else who merits consideration. A nomination application with the relevant information is included in this issue of the Quarterly.

The Board of Governors also selects a recipient of the Family Law Service Award. This award is presented to a practitioner who has devoted a significant amount of time and energy bettering Family Law in Virginia. Past recipients have drafted legislation and advocated for adoption reform and other necessary legislative corrections and improvements. Likewise, a nomination application for this award also is included in the Quarterly.

Since being a Family Law attorney is one of the most thankless jobs known to humankind, please help us to thank and honor those who deserve it. Additionally, these individuals can be seen by less experienced attorneys as role models for how to practice law the right way and give back to the legal community. Good role models can be hard to come by.

Please do your part in furthering the continued improvement of Family Law in Virginia. Please also nominate for consideration those whom you believe have worked hard to further our area of law. In the memorable words of Janet Reno: “Being a lawyer is not merely a vocation. It is a public trust, and each of us has an obligation to give back to our communities.”

I wish everyone a happy and profitable holiday season!

Mary Commander, Chair