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26
Sep
2022

Tune In!

Bradley Marshall is a guest speaker on Crime Time: With Virginia Defense Attorney podcast. In this Episode 81: Teaching the Law to Law Enforcement, he provides insight on how law enforcement views criminal justice and their training. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1703185/11348714

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9
Aug
2022

National Night Out

VF&N Shareholder Bradley Marshall was excited to join our client, the Town of Haymarket, for their annual National Night Out celebration!  Bradley is the Town’s prosecutor for misdemeanor and traffic offenses.  National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.  Pictured: Bradley Marshall and Haymarket Police Chief Allen Siebert.

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12
Jul
2022

2022 Beat the Odds Awards       

The Prince William County Bar Foundation, in collaboration with the Prince William County Bar Association, was proud to host this year’s Beat the Odds Celebration and Awards Banquet!  The event was held on June 23rd at the beautiful Old Hickory Golf Club in Woodbridge.  Nearly two hundred guests gathered to celebrate 12 remarkable graduating seniors and 2 rising seniors. 

We presented each of the graduating seniors with a $2,000 Beat the Odds scholarship to help them further their education, be it in community college, four-year college, technical and vocational school, apprenticeships, internships, and more.  We presented both rising seniors with Phoenix Awards, consisting of a fully loaded laptop computer to further their studies during their senior year.  Each Beat the Odds and Phoenix Award winner receives a commemorative plaque and are also paired with a volunteer attorney mentor from the local bar to help guide them in their education.

 Prince William County Bar Foundation President Bradley Marshall, who acted as master of ceremonies for the event, said “these kids have overcome tremendous obstacles such as abuse and neglect, delinquency, truancy, foster care, substance abuse, and mental illness, but have persevered to truly ‘beat the odds’ and have bright futures ahead of them.”

This years Beat the Odds winners have big plans for the future.  For example, Alyssa graduated with a 4.25 GPA and will be attending Lynchburg University in the fall.  Madelyn has overcome tremendous adversity but reminded the crowd that past experiences do not define someone; she will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University later this year.  Mariah had a child at a young age, but she used it to motivate her to be a better student; she will attend Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) with plans to transfer to Howard University. Sisters Cynthia, Karen, and Yaharia have faced enormous obstacles, but all three plan to attend NOVA in the fall and transfer to other colleges.  Angela, who immigrated from Cameroon, Africa, worked hard to assimilate and will be attending Yale University and plans to go on to medical school.  Antwoine, who also won a Phoenix Award in 2021, received a Beat the Odds scholarship this year and will attend Old Dominion University.

These scholarships and awards provide an opportunity for these remarkable young people to overcome their circumstances and maximize their future potential.  These opportunities simply would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  Thank you to the law firm of Blankingship & Keith, the law firm of Compton & Duling, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #43, the Gratitude Ladies Giving Group, Kevin and Barbara Hutto, the Knights of Columbus John Paul I Council, Philip and Laura Stark, the Carluzzo Foundation, Inc., the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick, and Nishanian, and our biggest sponsor, who provided not one but five scholarships this year, Wind River Chimes.  We cannot think our community partners enough for their support. 

The Bar Foundation would also like to thank the PWC Police Department and Sheriff’s Department for providing a joint honor guard for the event, to the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra for providing the evening’s music, Sorin Pasarin with Little Film Studio for providing photography services, Deem Printing for the printed programs, the wonderful staff at Old Hickory Gold Club for their hospitality, and last but certainly not least, Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin for providing pre-recorded remarks to this year’s winners. 

Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and guests for attending, and congratulations to these 14 remarkable young people on their tremendous achievements and their very bright futures!

This blog post is not intended to provide legal advice or substitute for the advice of legal counsel with respect to specific facts and situations. See disclaimer

27
Jun
2022

Prince William Chamber 2022-2023 Annual Meeting

The Prince William Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) had a great day at its Annual Meeting on June 16th, hosted at the Farm Brewery at Broad Run! Rick Nishanian is the new Chairman of the Board for the PWCC and the fourth VFN partner to serve in this role. Please congratulate Rick on this great accomplishment.

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20
May
2022

Rising Star Super Lawyer

Brett Callahan
Civil Litigation

We are pleased to announce for the second year in a row, our very own Brett Callahan has been selected as a Rising Star Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Virginia by Super Lawyers.  Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition.  Each year no more than 5 percent of the attorneys in the state are selected for the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5 percent for the Rising Stars list.

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18
May
2022

A Day of Service Supporting Our Community!

Written by: Tyler Blaser, Esq.

This past Saturday, VFN business counsel, Tyler Blaser, engaged in a day of service to benefit Carried to Full Term, a 501©(3) providing long-term housing to pregnant and homeless women, alongside his Leadership Prince William 2022 classmates. Carried to Full Term is a place of hope for women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy situation. Their home is located in the heart of the Town of Haymarket, providing housing, counseling, social service contacts, and postpartum support in an independent living environment.

Over 75 volunteers participated in this year’s class project, beginning at 6 a.m. and lasting well into the afternoon. Inside the home, volunteers cleaned, painted, and decorated a community room, office, bathroom, and various bedrooms, while installing new curtains, rugs, lamps, and appliances. On the outside of the facility, community members built a gazebo, picnic table, and playhouse. We also weeded, mulched, and planted gardens. Multiple members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors spoke at the event to recognize the hard work and spirit of our Prince William community.

If you need me or just want more information, please give me a call at 703.479.3181, send an email to tblaser@vfnlaw.com, or visit my Attorney Page.

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