Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen was a proud sponsor of the 2008 Virginia Women’s Attorney Association Biennial Conference, held October 3-4, 2008, at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference goals were to honor women in public service and to provide continuing education to Virginia female attorneys from a wide variety of practice areas. Allen and Allen personal injury attorneys, Courtney Van Winkle, Kathleen Llewellyn-Duncan, and Tamara Jezic, attended the conference. Ms. Van Winkle is the VWAA Richmond Chapter President.
Manuel Capsalis, Virginia State Bar President, spoke at the closing banquet Saturday night on the importance of promoting diversity in the legal profession and in the judiciary. Mr. Capsalis has appointed a Diversity Task Force within the Virginia State Bar to encourage participation of minorities in the legal profession. Mr. Capsalis has urged members of the Bar to renew their commitment to promoting diversity and, in so doing, to become more responsive to society’s needs.
Keynote Speaker of Saturday night’s banquet was Marie C. Wilson, founder and President of the White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day, and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything (Penguin 2008). The White House Project works towards building a representative democracy by advancing women’s leadership in politics, media, and business. The Project’s Vote, Run, Lead training program engages women in the political process, inspires and equips women to step into leadership roles, and encourages women to support each other’s leadership.
VWAA’s mission is to assist women attorneys to develop their professional practice and achieve their potential, to promote changes in the law, and to affect public policy for the benefit of women in Virginia.