On June 26, 2020, our Board rotated membership. Carole Capsalis, Providence Napoleon, and Latoya Asia all rotated off the Board after years of distinguished service. All three served as chairs of the Diversity Conference in consecutive terms. Chairs oversee the meetings of the Board, run the day-to-day business of the Conference, and represent the Conference to the Virginia State Bar Council and Executive Committee. We will miss their wisdom, enthusiasm, and dedication to the Conference but we thank them for their leadership during critical times for the Conference and the Virginia State Bar.
Rotating in to begin three year terms are three exceptional attorneys and volunteers. We look forward to working with them over the next three years.
Brian Wesley, Esq., of Richmond, is with Thornton and Wesley, PLLC. Brian’s service with the Virginia State Bar began with the Young Lawyers Conference, chairing the Minority Prelaw Conférences in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. He served on the Board and was President of the YLC during the 2018-2019 bar year. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Howard University School of Law.
Debra Powers, Esq., of Fairfax, is a partner at Taylor Hugley Powers, PLLC. She has a distinguished career of service to the bar, serving as chair of the Family Law Section with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, past president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and six years of service on the Virginia State Bar’s Disciplinary Committee. Ms. Powers is admitted in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia School of Law.
W. Marcus Scriven, Esq., of Virginia Beach, is a solo practitioner who started his career in San Francisco. Mr. Scriven has a long record of bar and community service, earning numerous awards over the course of his career. He also serves on the executive board with the Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations. Mr. Scriven is admitted in Virginia, California, South Carolina, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Virginia Union University and the Golden Gate University School of Law.
Please provide a warm welcome to our new board members and a major thank you to our outgoing board members.