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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
TimberlakeSmith, Staunton

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

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

David S. Mercer2018 VBA Immediate Past President David S. Mercer
Immediate Past President
MercerTrigiani, Alexandria

Andrew B. Stockment2018 YLD Chair Andrew B. Stockment
Chair, Young Lawyers Division
Lenhart Pettit, Charlottesville

Board Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Board Representatives

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

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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