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2018 VBA Board of Governors. Photo by Marilyn ShawThe 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 four representatives for one-year terms to represent the judiciary, the state’s law schools, lawyer-legislators and government attorneys. Email the executive director if interested.

2018 Executive Committee

C.J. Steuart Thomas III2017 VBA President-elect C.J. Steuart Thomas III
President
TimberlakeSmith, Staunton
540-885-1517

Richard E. Garriott Jr.2018 VBA President-elect Rich Garriott; 2017 VBA Chair Rich Garriott
President-elect
Pender & Coward, PC, Virginia Beach
757-490-6252

Alison M. McKee2018 Board of Governors Chair Alison M McKee
Chair of the Board of Governors
Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., Virginia Beach
757-417-3627

David S. Mercer2018 VBA Immediate Past President David S. Mercer
Immediate Past President
MercerTrigiani, Alexandria
703-837-5007

Andrew B. Stockment2018 YLD Chair Andrew B. Stockment
Chair, Young Lawyers Division
Lenhart Pettit, Charlottesville
434-220-9386

Board Members

Victor O. CardwellBoard of Governors member Victor O. Cardwell
Board member, Southwest Region
Woods Rogers PLC, Roanoke
540-983-7529

David J. GogalBoard of Governors member David J. Gogal
Board member, Potomac
Blankingship & Keith, PC, Fairfax
703-691-1235

Rudene Mercer HaynesBoard of Governors member Rudene Mercer Haynes
Board member, At-Large
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Richmond
804-788-8200

R. Braxton Hill IVLPMD Chair Brack Hill
Chair, Law Practice Management Division
Christian & Barton, L.L.P., Richmond
804-697-4108

Helivi L. HollandBoard of Governors member Helivi L. Holland
Board member, At-Large
Office of the City Attorney, Suffolk
757-514-7130

Scott W. KowalskiBoard of Governors member Scott W Kowalski
Board member, Southside Region
Petty, Livingston, Dawson & Richards, Lynchburg
434-846-2768

Jennifer L. LigonBoard of Governors member and YLD Chair-elect Jennifer L Ligon
Board member, YLD-Chair-elect
Williams Mullens, Richmond
804-420-6423

R. Peyton MahaffeyBoard of Governors member R Peyton Mahaffey
Board member, At-large
McCandlish Lillard, P.C., Fairfax
703-934-1168

George Keith MartinBoard of Governors member George Keith Martin
Board member, Capitol Region
McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond
804-775-1057

Richard H. OttingerBoard of Governors member Richard Ottinger
Board member, Tidewater Region
Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk
757-446-8600

Rhodes B. RitenourBoard of Governors member Rhodes B. Ritenour
Board member, At-Large
Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Richmond
804-247-0330

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.
202-606-8831

Cathleen P. WelshBoard of Governors member Cathy Welsh
Board member, Blue Ridge Region
Lenhart Pettit, Harrisonburg
540-437-3100

Board Representatives

Sen. Jennifer L. McClellanBoard of Governors Legislative Representative the Honorable Jennifer L. McClellan
Legislative representative, 9th Senate District (greater Richmond area)
804-440-6222

The Honorable Stephen R. McCulloughBoard of Governors Judicial Representative Stephen R. McCullough
Judicial representative
Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia
804-786-2251

Michael V. HernandezBoard of Governors Law School Representative Dean Michael V. Hernandez
Law School representative from Virginia Beach
Regent University School of Law
757-352-4040

Cynthia E. HudsonBoard of Governors Government Attorney Representative Cynthia E. Hudson
Government Attorney representative
Office of the Attorney General of Virginia
804-786-2435

Ex-Officio Board Members

Michael J. QuinanGeneral Counsel for the VBA Michael J Quinan
General Counsel for the VBA
Christian & Barton, LLP, Richmond
804-697-4149

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
540-375-5776

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