Two Alexandria lawyers were elected to top posts in the Virginia Women Attorneys Association at the organization's annual conference last weekend in Reston.
Randy Parris, who practices general civil law, was elected to serve as president of the association and Teena D. Grodner was elected secretary. Both women are 1979 graduates of the Washington College of Law at American University. Grodner is also an adjunct professor at the college, lecturing in family law.
The two-day conference of the organization featured remarks by U.S. Attorney Elsie Munsell, Virginia's first woman U.S. attorney who has been nominated for U.S. District Court judgeship, and Kathy Wilson, head of the National Women's Political Caucus.
Parris, 38, said a priority for her term will be "increasing the number of women on the bench and sensitizing the men on the bench to what women's issues are about."
She also hopes to have the association, formed in 1981, act "as a catalyst for women to consider themselves as candidates for the bench and to put their names forward."
Virginia has only two women circuit court judges who were both named in 1982.
Sylvia Clute of Richmond was named the association's president-elect. Jane Schukoske of Richmond was elected treasurer.
The association says it has about 400 members from across the state, which amounts to more than a quarter of women attorneys in Virginia.