VBA Honors 'Staunch Advocate' Cheshire I'Anson Eveleigh
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Virginia Beach family law practitioner receives Legislative Advocacy Award
The Virginia Bar Association recognized the outstanding service Cheshire I’Anson Eveleigh provides in promoting its legislative agenda during the VBA's 125th Summer Meeting July 23-25.
VBA Legislative Advocacy Award
Cheshire I’Anson Eveleigh “is a staunch advocate for improving our family law to make it more clear and more fair to everyone, not just her clients,” VBA President Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III said July 24 when he presented her with the VBA Legislative Advocacy Award. “She has been instrumental in developing the VBA’s position on virtually every piece of important family law legislation for years.”
Eveleigh received the honor, which recognizes outstanding service in promoting the legislative agenda of the VBA, at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.
She has been an active VBA member for the past 19 years, serving on and leading the VBA Domestic Relations Section Council and contributing as a member of the VBA Board of Governors. She also has chaired the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section.
Virginia Family Law Coalition
Since 2008, Eveleigh has chaired the Virginia Family Law Coalition, a group of pre-eminent family law practitioners from local, statewide and specialty bars. The coalition develops and advances a nonpartisan legislative program to address matters faced by Virginia citizens in court on domestic issues. It also supports legislative inquiries related to family law. The Virginia Family Law Coalition was created by the VBA Domestic Relations Section and now is a collaboration of the VBA and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
“I can assure you that this volunteer group is absolutely committed to the public good,” Johnson said. “And no one is more committed than Cheshire.”
Tireless efforts during General Assembly sessions
Johnson applauded her expertise and skill in leading the coalition, and her tireless efforts during General Assembly sessions, “whether testifying, tracking and managing key bills and last-minute amendments, or working with our lobbyists on strategy.”
Eveleigh accepted the honor in front of more than 300 banquet-goers.
“It’s certainly been an honor to represent this bar association in front of the General Assembly,” she said. “The legislative process is such an integral part of what we do as an independent bar that I would encourage all of you to become involved, even if it’s sending an email, making a call. You don’t have to go to Richmond to be involved, ... but step forward, be part of the process. And let’s make Virginia law better every single day.”
‘No-brainer’ for a VBA award
Eveleigh, a family law attorney with the Virginia Beach firm of Wolcott Rivers Gates, is the second recipient of the VBA Legislative Advocacy Award. The first honoree was Patrick C. Devine Jr. in 2011. Johnson said so many VBA members do so much to advance legislative advocacy that award recipients must truly stand out. “If there ever were a ‘no-brainer’ for a VBA award, this is it,” he said.
Advocacy is a core value of the VBA, “and effective legislative advocacy is critical to our mission,” Johnson said. The VBA serves as a nonpartisan advocate of law reform to clarify and simplify the law, to promote the administration of justice, and to enhance access to justice for all citizens.
The advocacy role of the VBA
Virginia Family Law Coalition article, in the Spring 2014 issue of the VBA Journal
Awards presented by the VBA, and the recipients