Sutherland Mediation Services Returns to Williamsburg



Vernell Sutherland recently joined the Williamsburg Bar Association and wanted to let our members know that she’s back in town with her practice, Sutherland Mediation Services! Read more about Vernell and her practice below:

Vernell Sutherland and her husband, Duncan, lived in Williamsburg from 1992 until 2000. She not only attended William & Mary but started and led the first formal Volunteer Program and later the Williamsburg Institute at Colonial Williamsburg. She left when family and jobs took them, literally, around the country. She and her husband are now very happy to be back home!

Vernell is an experienced mediator. She received her M.B.A. from the College of William & Mary, her Ed.D. from Boston University, and her J.D. from Capital University Law School-completing her final two years of legal study at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary.

Vernell began her professional career as an educator but later moved into business management. She brings to her mediation practice more than two decades of senior management experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations-including law firms-along with extensive personal experience in employment-related legal issues including issues related to sex discrimination and sexual harassment. In addition to Issues dealing with family law including elder, Vernell is particularly well qualified in matters related to insurance, healthcare, education, computer technology, museums, real estate, food and hotel service. Vernell has worked in large corporations (Fortune 500) as well as had her own small business in skin care for over 12 years. She is also a licensed Realtor in Virginia.

Vernell did her initial mediation training with the Office of the City Attorney, Columbus, Ohio. Since then she received advanced training in family mediation from Ms. Dorothy Della Noce, Esq., a certified mediator and past president of the Virginia Mediation Network; earned advanced mediation certification from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law; and completed Family Medication Certification from the New Hampshire Certified Family Mediation Training Program.

Vernell is licensed to practice law in Virginia, California, and the District of Columbia.

Send Vernell an email or visit the Sutherland Mediation Services website!

WBA Annual Meeting & CLE

The time of year has come again for the WBA’s annual meeting, which will take place on June 3rd, 2015 at 12PM, in the Jury Assembly Room, 3rd Floor of the Williamsburg Courthouse.  At this meeting, Tommy Norment will be our CLE speaker for his annual legislative update (1hr CLE credit).

Although we will not be changing any WBA Board Officers during this meeting, I still welcome adding other business to the agenda suggested by the membership.  If you wish for me to make any announcements or introductions, or if you wish to speak to the Bar yourself, then please email me so that I can add items to the agenda.  We are trying to limit any added announcements to about 3 minutes in length as we only have the room for 2 hours.


Please RSVP to Will Sleeth, and if you want lunch provided, send $10 dollars courtesy of:

Will Sleeth
5425 Discovery Park Boulevard, Suite 200
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
(757) 941-2821 Direct

Legal Food Frenzy


The Attorney General of Virginia, the Young Lawyers Division of The Virginia Bar Association, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks invite you to participate in the fun-friendly Statewide 2015 Legal Food Frenzy to help fill the shelves with nutritious food at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank for our neighbors in need who silently struggle with hunger.


In this friendly competition, the law firm or organization that raises the most food (based on a per person average—attorneys and staff) will be awarded the prestigious and highly coveted “Attorney General’s Cup.” In addition, the Attorney presents 11 additional awards in categories for sole practitioner, small, medium, and large size firm, and top law school, top government/public interest office, and top corporate legal department.


Over the past eight years, law firms, legal organizations, and law schools who participated in the Legal Food Frenzy have raised the equivalent of more than 11.4 million pounds of food. This year, our hope is to raise even more food and funds, so that we can meet the increased demand seen at our seven Virginia Foodbanks. To learn more about getting involved and to register your firm, please visit or .


Gillette Law Group and LeClairRyan are taking action against hunger and want other firms in the Williamsburg community to join them in this statewide event to help provide the gift of a meal.


Last year, William and Mary Law School won the Attorney Generals Cup in the law school category.  All winners are invited to a reception at the Governor’s mansion with Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark Herring.


For more information on the 9th Annual Legal Food Frenzy, you can call Donna Tighe, Food and Fund Drive Manager, Virginia Peninsula Foodbank.