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New VBA Board Members Begin Terms

Monday, January 23, 2017   (0 Comments)
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VBA members on Jan. 21 elected four Board of Governors representatives to three-year terms at the 127th Annual Meeting in Williamsburg. The board, with at-large and regional representatives, manages the business of the association. They are:

  • Rudene Mercer Haynes of Richmond, At-Large (Hunton & Williams LLP),
  • Richard H. Ottinger of Norfolk, Tidewater (Vandeventer Black LLP),
  • The Honorable Jeri Kaylene Somers of Washington, D.C., At-Large (U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals), and
  • Cathleen P. Welsh of Harrisonburg, Blue Ridge (Lenhart Pettit).

The 2016 Board of Governors also appointed three new representatives to serve the interests of the judiciary, Virginia law schools and, for the first time, government attorneys. Starting a minimum one-year term that can be extended for up to three years are:

  • The Honorable Stephen R. McCullough of the Supreme Court of Virginia,
  • Dean Michael V. Hernandez of Regent University School of Law, and
  • Cynthia E. Hudson, chief deputy attorney general of Virginia.

Also new to the board is the chair-elect of the Young Lawyers Division. Working with the YLD chair to promote fellowship and professional growth among this group while stimulating interest in the VBA and advancing its objectives is:

  • Andrew B. Stockment of Charlottesville (Lenhart Pettit).

About the new board members

VBA Board of Governors member Rudene Mercer HaynesRudene Mercer Haynes, a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, focuses her practice on corporate finance, structured finance and securitization. A VBA member since 2000, she is serving a second term on the Law Practice Management Division Council. She has received both the Emerson G. Spies Award and the Sandra P. Thompson Award from the VBA Young Lawyers Division. Virginia Lawyers Weekly named her among the Most Influential Women in Virginia in 2011. She graduated from the University of Virginia and earned a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

VBA Board member representing Tidewater, Richard H. OttingerRichard H. Ottinger concentrates his Norfolk practice in commercial litigation. A partner with Vandeventer Black LLP, he is co-chair of the firm's government relations committee. He joined the VBA in 1997 and has led its Civil Litigation Section Council since 2013. In 2006, he accepted the Sandra P. Thompson Award for long-term service to the VBA Young Lawyers Division and in 2003 he received Young Lawyer of the Year honors from the Virginia State Bar. A graduate of Boston University, he earned a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School.

At-Large VBA board member Jeri Kaylene SomersJudge Jeri Kaylene Somers is vice chair of the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, where she has been a judge since 2007. She joined the VBA in 2007, and is a member of its Judicial Section and the Committee on Special Issues of National & State Importance. Her legal career started as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force. She also has served as an assistant U.S. attorney. Judge Somers earned a bachelor's degree from George Mason University and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.

VBA Board of Governors member Cathleen P WelshCathleen P. Welsh is a management employment law attorney with Lenhart Pettit, based in Harrisonburg. Virginia Business has listed her among its Legal Elite in labor/employment for many years. In 1992, she joined the VBA and is a member of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Section. She has been president of the Harrisonburg Rockingham Chamber of Commerce and a board member on the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, she earned a J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Board of Governors representatives

VBA Judicial Representative Stephen R. McCulloughJustice Stephen R. McCullough, judicial representative, was elected to the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2016. Previously, he served on the Court of Appeals of Virginia, and as senior appellate counsel and as solicitor general in the Office of the Attorney General. He joined the VBA in 2009 and serves on the Appellate Practice Section Council. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.


Regent Law School Dean Michael V. HernandezMichael V. Hernandez, dean of the Regent University School of Law, is the VBA's law school representative. He joined the Regent Law faculty in 1992 and was appointed dean in 2015. He has advised and coached Regent's award-winning Moot Court teams. Earlier, he practiced law in Richmond at McGuireWoods and at McSweeney, Burtch & Crump. He joined the VBA in 1987 and is a member of the Real Estate Section and the Pro Bono Council. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and its School of Law.

Cynthia E. Hudson, VBA Board of Governors government attorney representativeCynthia E. Hudson, chief deputy attorney general of Virginia since 2014, is the inaugural government attorney representative on the VBA Board of Governors. She previously served eight years as city attorney in Hampton, and before that was deputy city attorney there. Earlier, she worked in the labor and employment law litigation section of McGuireWoods LLP. She has served on the Virginia Law Foundation board for six years. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, she earned a J.D. from the William & Mary Law School.

Andrew B. Stockment, chair-elect of the Young Lawyers Division and member of the VBA Board of GovernorsAndrew B. Stockment, chair-elect of the Young Lawyers Division, is an attorney at Lenhart Pettit in Charlottesville, where he leads the firm's cybersecurity and data privacy practice and advises clients in the areas of intellectual property, technology and business law. He joined the VBA as a law student and serves on the council of the VBA's Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Opening Statement, the YLD newsletter. Stockment received the YLD's Emerson G. Spies Award in 2013. He is a graduate of Florida State University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Board of Governors continuing members

Eleven attorneys continuing their roles on the VBA Board of Governors are:

  • Joseph H. Carpenter IV, Law Practice Management Division chair (Norfolk Southern Corp.),
  • N. Thomas Connally III, Potomac representative (Hogan Lovells US LLP, McLean),
  • Scott W. Kowalski, Southside representative (Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards, Lynchburg),
  • Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, legislative representative (G. Manoli Loupassi, LLC, Richmond),
  • R. Peyton Mahaffey, At-Large representative (McCandlish & Lillard, P.C., Fairfax),
  • George Keith Martin, Capitol representative (McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond),
  • Jamie Baskerville Martin, At-Large representative (Williams Mullen, Richmond),
  • Alison M. McKee, At-Large representative (Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Virginia Beach),
  • Michael J. Quinan (ex-officio), general counsel for the VBA (Christian & Barton, LLP, Richmond)
  • Jeremy S. Williams, Young Lawyers Division chair (Kutak Rock LLP, Richmond), and
  • Thomas M. Winn III, Southwest representative (Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke).

2017 Officers

At its winter meeting, the VBA also installed new officers for one-year terms, including President David S. Mercer. See the related article.

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