Breakfast with the Judges
Organized by the Judicial Liaison Committee and sponsored by the PWC Bar Association, the Breakfast with the Judges events provide an opportunity for members of the Bar to mingle with the judges of the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit in an informal setting. The breakfasts, which are free to all members of the Bar, are held several times during the year and feature a light continental breakfast.
The breakfasts are held in the Jury Assembly Room on the third floor of the PWC Judicial Center between 8:00 am and 9:30 am. Judges from all three levels of court typically attend. The format is an open reception so stop by at anytime during the ninety minute window.
Look for details on the next Breakfast on this website, in the Bar newsletter and on the Bar listserv.
On the first Friday of each month, the PWC Bar Association sponsors a membership luncheon and program at the Old Town Sports Pub located at 8971 Center Street in Manassas. A buffet style lunch is served at 12:30 pm followed by a brief program that typically starts at 1:00 pm. Lunch programs include a variety of low-cost CLEs, presentations from the local judges with a question and answer session, updates from and the opportunity to meet local legislators, and recognition of the pro bono and volunteer efforts of our members.
The December Bar luncheon features the presentation of the Robert L. Marsh Public Service Award. This award is given annually to a person who renders service to the legal community anywhere within the area encompassed by the 31st Judicial Circuit and who meets the criteria inscribed on the award: “Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” –Og Mandino.
The December Bar luncheon also features visits from the Presidents of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association. Bar members learn about recent developments affecting the practice of law and can take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions or raise issues important to them.
To RSVP for the next Bar lunch or for additional information, please contact the Bar’s Executive Director, Alissa Hudson at or (703) 393-8865.
Bar Dinner Dance
The biggest social event the PWC Bar Association sponsors each year is the Bar Dinner Dance. The black tie optional event provides an opportunity for members of the Bench and the Bar to gather in a purely social setting. The evening begins with a cocktail reception during which the PWC Bar Foundation hosts a silent auction. The auction provides a fun distraction for members while raising funds for the Foundation’s worthwhile programs. Through-out dinner, the Bar Association presents various awards recognizing members for excellence as trial attorneys, for pro bono and community service, and for professionalism. As dinner is wrapping up, the band starts playing, the dance floor fills and members continue to enjoy each other’s company while placing their final bids on auction items. The event would end at 11:00 pm, were it not for the after party which continues well into the night.
The Bar Dinner Dance is also the venue for celebrating the retirement of judges in the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit. The Bar commissions a portrait of each judge upon their retirement, and invites the retiring judge and their guests to attend the dinner dance where the portrait is unveiled. Such retirement celebrations add greatly to the evening’s festivities.
Recent Retirement Celebrations
- The Honorable Mary Grace O’Brien
Judge, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, 31st Judicial District, 2001-2008
Judge, Circuit Court, 31st Judicial Circuit, 2008-2015
Judge, Court of Appeals of Virginia, 2015-
- The Honorable Richard Bowen Potter
Judge, General District Court, 31st Judicial District, 1988-1991
Judge, Circuit Court, 31st Judicial Circuit, 1991-2015
2016 Annual Awards
- Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award presented to Robert J. Zelnick
- Trial Attorney of the Year for Circuit Court presented to Peter Francescon
- Trial Attorney of the Year for General District Court presented to Erin Tiffany Ford
- Trial Attorney of the Year for Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court presented to Meghan Matulka
- Guardian ad litem of the Year for Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court presented to Jessica Stokes-Johnson
- Pro bono/Volunteer Attorney of the year presented to Douglas Bradley Marshall
Continuing Legal Education
The Prince William County Bar Association is an accredited sponsor of Continuing Legal Education Seminars with the Virginia State Bar and offers numerous educational programs throughout the year on a host of topics. Members are surveyed annually to identify topics of interest for future CLEs, and the Bar works hard to secure local talent to prepare and present each seminar. CLEs are given during luncheon meetings, as part of group mentoring programs, in support of pro bono initiatives, and as stand-alone events.
The Jazz4Justice event showcases the musical talent of the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble at a benefit concert with proceeds being split between GMU’s music program for student scholarships, and the Prince William County Bar Foundation for law related public service programming. This event is held in the fall at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on GMU’s Prince William Campus. The event is open to the public and money is raised through ticket sales and sponsors. Classic Jazz songs are performed during the concert as well as original works by the students. A reception follows the concert during which a jazz quartet plays while encouraging “guest” musicians to join in.
SAVE THE DATE : The 2017 Prince William County Annual Jazz4Justice concert will be held November 10, 2017 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.
- 2016 Saxophone Sponsor ($2500)
TLG Worldwide LLC
Honoring the men and women of America’s armed forces
- 2016 Piano Sponsors ($1000)
- 2016 Trumpet Sponsors ($500)
Harry H. Horning Financial Services
Duvall Wheeler LLP
Coulter, Harris & Loftus, PC
- 2016 Bass Sponsors ($250)
The Hon. Lisa Baird
Lori Battistoni, Esq.
J. Burkhardt Beale, Attorney at Law
Boyce, Leahy & Francescon, Lawyers
Bristle & Yi Law, PLLC
Compton & Duling LC
Michael N. Driscoll, PC
Farrell & Croft PC
Law Office of Patrick V. Foltz, PC
Geehan, Taves & Pandak, PLLC
Robert R. Gregory, Esq.
Hargrove Legal Consulting PLLC
The Morehouse Law Firm
Morisi Associates, PLLC
Mary Grace A. O’Malley, PLLC Attorney at Law
Old Town Advocates
Purnell, McKennett & Menke, PC
PW Chapter VWAA
Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian PC
Zary Law PLLC