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 September Bar Luncheon 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.
The November 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.
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 Lon E. Farris
Judge, General District Court, 31st Judicial District, 1991-2004
Judge, Circuit Court, 31st Judicial Circuit, 2004-2017
- The Honorable Craig D. Johnston
Judge, General District Court, 31st Judicial District, 2004-2009
Judge, Circuit Court, 31st Judicial Circuit, 2009-2018
2018 Annual Awards
- Arthur W. Sinclair Professionalism Award presented to W. Michael Phipps
- Trial Attorney of the Year for Circuit Court presented to John J. Irving
- Trial Attorney of the Year for General District Court presented to Che C. Rogers
- Trial Attorney of the Year for Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court presented to Lisa K. Caruso
- Guardian ad litem of the Year for Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court presented to Carlos Flores-Laboy
- Pro bono/Volunteer Attorney of the year presented to Jonathan N. Francis and Anna Bristle
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 Legal Services of Northern Virginia, which provides free legal help to people with low income, the elderly or those with disabilities. This event is held locally in the fall each year. 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.The PWC Bar Association was a sponsor of the concert in 2018.
For information about upcoming concerts, visit http://jazz4justice.com.
IWALK for ACTS 5K
ACTS, Action in the Community Through Service, provides crisis intervention services for those in need in the Prince William County area. In 2018, the PWC Bar Association sponsored a team of walkers in the IWALK for ACTS 5K. The team raised $1500 for ACTS, to help support their programs which address hunger, housing, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and suicide prevention.