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The business of The Virginia Bar Association is managed by its Board of Governors. It must consist of:

  • Four officers and the YLD Chair, who make up the Executive Committee
  • The chair of the LPMD and the chair-elect of the YLD
  • One representative from each of the six regions of the state
  • Six at-large members

Interested in serving a three-year board term? Members can self-nominate. Email the executive director.

Additionally, the board may appoint three representatives for one-year terms to represent the judiciary, the state’s law schools and lawyer-legislators. Email the executive director if interested.

2017 VBA Board of Governors. Photo by Marilyn Shaw

Executive Committee

David S. Mercer2017 VBA President David S. Mercer
MercerTrigiani, Alexandria

C.J. Steuart Thomas III2017 VBA President-elect C.J. Steuart Thomas III
TimberlakeSmith, Staunton

Richard E. Garriott Jr.2017 VBA Chair Rich Garriott
Chair of the Board of Governors
Pender & Coward, PC, Virginia Beach

James Patrick Guy II2016 VBA President James Patrick Guy II
Immediate Past President
LeClairRyan, Richmond

Jeremy S. Williams2017 YLD Chair Jeremy S. Williams
Chair, Young Lawyers Division
Kutak Rock LLP, Richmond

Board Members

Joseph H. Carpenter IVLPMD Chair Joseph Carpenter IV
Chair, Law Practice Management Division
Norfolk Southern Corp., Norfolk

N. Thomas Connally IIIBoard of Governors member N. Thomas Connally III
Board member, Potomac Region
Hogan Lovells US LLP, McLean

Rudene Mercer HaynesBoard of Governors member Rudene Mercer Haynes
Board member, At-Large
Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond

Scott W. KowalskiBoard of Governors member Scott W Kowalski
Board member, Southside Region
Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards, Lynchburg

R. Peyton MahaffeyBoard of Governors member R Peyton Mahaffey
Board member, At-large
McCandlish Lillard, P.C., Fairfax

George Keith MartinBoard of Governors member George Keith Martin
Board member, Capitol Region
McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond

Jamie Baskerville MartinBoard of Governors member Jamie Baskerville Martin
Board member, At-Large
Williams Mullen, Richmond

Alison M. McKeeBoard of Governors member Alison M McKee
Board member, At-large
Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Virginia Beach

Richard H. OttingerBoard of Governors member Richard Ottinger
Board member, Tidewater Region
Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk

The Honorable Jeri Kaylene SomersBoard of Governors member Jeri Kaylene Somers
Board member, At-large
U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, Washington, D.C.

Cathleen P. WelshBoard of Governors member Cathy Welsh
Board member, Blue Ridge Region
Lenhart Pettit, Harrisonburg

Andrew B. Stockment2016 YLD Chair-elect Andrew B. Stockment
Chair-elect, Young Lawyers Division
Lenhart Pettit, Charlottesville

Thomas M. Winn IIIBoard of Governors member Thomas W. Winn III
Board member, Southwest Region
Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke

Board Representatives

Del. G. Manoli LoupassiBoard of Governors Legislative Representative the Honorable G. Manoli Loupassi
Legislative representative from Richmond

The Honorable Stephen R. McCulloughBoard of Governors Judicial Representative Stephen R. McCullough
Judicial representative
Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia

Dean Michael V. HernandezBoard of Governors Law School Representative Dean Michael V. Hernandez
Law School representative from Virginia Beach
Regent University School of Law

Cynthia E. HudsonBoard of Governors Government Attorney Representative Cynthia E. Hudson
Government Attorney representative
Office of the Attorney General of Virginia

Ex-Officio Board Members

Michael J. QuinanGeneral Counsel for the VBA Michael J Quinan
General Counsel for the VBA
Christian & Barton, LLP, Richmond

R. Yvonne Cockram, JD, CAE
Executive Director
804-644-0041 Ext. 111

Representative to the ABA House of DelegatesG. Michael Pace Jr.

G. Michael Pace Jr.
The Center for Teaching the Rule of Law

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