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J.M. Reynolds Participates in the Prince WIlliam Democratic Women’s Caucus, Activities and Education Committee
On April 25, 2015, Jane Reynolds participated with the Prince William Democratic Women’s Caucus, Activities and Education Committee in a book club event featuring the book, Same Kind of Different As Me (Ron Hall and Denver Moore) at the Central Library in Manassas, Virginia. The Committee filled Mike Denman’s station wagon with food for him to distribute to homeless families in northern Prince William. The Committee sponsored a yard sale and collected more than 50 career-styled clothes for Lucille Cahill to distribute to the individuals with whom she works through the Dale City Homeless Outreach. Finally, the Committee filled a truck for the Lupus Foundation with clothes and housing supplies.
The Committee remains dedicated to helping others and continues to show their commitment by focusing on helping the homeless in any way that they can.
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J.M. Reynolds Attends the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) Conference
MABLSA hosted its 47th Annual Convention in Tysons Corner, VA from February 4-8, 2015. Students from across the region gathered together. The theme of the Conference was United for Achievement and Progression.
The Old Dominion Bar Association was honored to be a part of MABLSA’s conference and had a chance to interact with MABLSA members on February 6. ODBA members attended a special luncheon where our future leaders of America were able to ask any questions about the law, employment, life after law school, and other questions to ODBA members. MABLSA members were pleasantly surprised when the Honorable Judge Rossie David Alston, Jr. appeared at the luncheon. The intrigued students took full advantage of his presence by asking numerous questions as he provided valuable information to help them move to the next stage with their education, career path, and life in general.
The MABLSA Regional Convention provides a wonderful opportunity for their members to connect with other scholars from across the region, perform pro-bono community service, participate in advocacy competitions, and engage in workshops related to professionalism.
The ODBA was honored to participate in this and looks forward to being more involved with MABLSA. Many thanks are extended to our President-Elect, Jane Reynolds, who coordinated ODBA’s participation, and our Executive Committee members and members who attended.
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J.M. Reynolds Attends the Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyer’s Conference Annual Bench Bar Dinner
Every year the Young Lawyer’s Conference (YLC) hosts a dinner to honor newly elevated women and minority judges from across the Commonwealth. There is a pre-dinner cocktail reception giving members a chance to interact with judges and other notables in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
On January 24, 2015, the Old Dominion Bar Association was in full attendance with almost 2 tables at the sold-out dinner, which was held at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center in Richmond.
The honorees included18 newly appointed and elevated judges from across the Commonwealth. Four of the honorees were current/former members of the ODBA to include, Judges Bryant Sugg, Joi Jeter Taylor, Onzlee Ware and Roderick Young. The keynote speaker Judge Marla G. Decker of the Court of Appeals of Virginia spoke about her professional development and her career path to include her job as Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety, Deputy Attorney General for the Public Safety and Enforcement Division of the Office of the Attorney General.
The ODBA congratulates all of the honorees.
A good time was had by all and ODBA members look forward to the next bench bar dinner.
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J.M. Reynolds Attends Old Dominion Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting
Attorney Jane M. Reynolds, senior attorney of J.M. Reynolds and President-Elect of Old Dominion Bar Association (ODBA), attended the ODBA Mid-Winter Meeting at Norfolk State University. In all, 131 registered to attend some parts of the conference.
Highlights of the meeting included the law school students and undergraduate students meeting with the law school admissions representatives from College of William and Mary, University of Richmond, and Regent Law Schools, and representatives of the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners; Ben Crump’s insightful and inspiring speech; attendance by our state and federal legislators; and the extraordinary number of sponsors of our students from the members of the bar and the judiciary.
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PWC Office of Elections Welcomes New Electoral Board Member
The Circuit Court of Prince William County appointed Jane Reynolds to serve as a member of the PWC Electoral Board effective March 1, 2015 with a term to expire on February 28, 2018. Ms. Reynolds was sworn in by the Clerk of the Court on February 2, 2015 at the PWC Office of Elections. (Source)
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Mid-Atlantic BLSA Needs Attorneys to Participate in 46th Annual Regional Convention
The Mid-Atlantic region of the Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) is gearing up for their 47th Annual Regional Convention next month that is being held February 4-8, 2015 at the Westin Tysons Corner in Falls Church, VA. As part of this convention MABLSA requests the help of the Old Dominion Bar Association with the Networking Luncheon on February 6, 2015 from 12:00-1:30 PM.
The luncheon will provide opportunities for pre-law and law students in attendance to dine with attorneys in their chosen practice areas through a unique rotating luncheon experience. Attorneys will be divided by practice area and students will switch tables between the first and second courses.
Jane Reynolds, ODBA President-Elect, is coordinating this effort. She lives and practices in the Northern VA area and is asking all attorneys in the area to participate. If you can attend, please email Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 23, 2015.
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Attorney Reynolds Enjoys Reading with Young Students
The attorneys at the Law Offices of J.M. Reynolds, PLLC continue to give back to the community. On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Jane Reynolds celebrated National Young Reader’s Week as a guest reader at Westridge Elementary School in Lake Ridge, Virginia. Jane volunteers every year as a way of giving back to the community and serving as a role model for the children. The Prince William County Bar Association purchases books to donate to public elementary school libraries and sends volunteers to read to the children. Jane allows the children to select the books to be read, help her read the books aloud and she encourages them to ask and answer questions.
National Young Reader’s Week reminds the children of the importance of reading daily. The kids are persuaded to use their imaginations and active discussions allow them to build on the message provided in the book.
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Attorney Jane Reynolds Participates at the Virginia Bar Association Conference
The Old Dominion Bar Association (ODBA) participated in many activities of the VBA Annual Conference. President-Elect Jane Reynolds was invited to attend the conference in its entirety as a special guest. She attended many of the CLE Programs offered. The Criminal Law and Domestic Relations Sections CLE consisted of a game of Legal Jeopardy: Family Feuds and Offenses. The moderator was Michael HuYoung, Esq. from Barnes & Diehl, P.C. in Richmond; however, the host was our very own Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn, of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The contestants were the Honorable Louis R. Lerner (Hampton), the Honorable Jane Marum Roush (Fairfax CC) and the Honorable Richard S. Wallerstein, Jr. (Henrico CC). While all of the judges were extremely knowledgeable, Judge Roush was a little quicker with the hands and became the Jeopardy Champion. A great time was had by all.
Reynolds also attended the Legacy Series Luncheon and the Black tie Banquet, which gave a tribute to VBA Honorees and recognized 2014 VBA Life Members. Reynolds was seated with some of the dignitaries and was recognized as a special guest of the VBA. There was live music, dancing and libations.
On Saturday, Reynolds attended the senatorial debate hosted by the VBA at the resort with an opportunity to meet the candidates after the debate (Senator Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie). The debate was both enlightening and intriguing.
The resort was shared with the New Orleans Saints and Reynolds and other VBA members bumped into the Saints quite a few times at the Resort, which made the conference more exciting.