Our Mission

The purpose of the Association shall be to instill in the members of the legal profession a high standard of honor and integrity to the client, the courts, and to the community; to promote positive reform in the law and in the judicial procedure; to participate in the affairs of the City of Chesapeake, Commonwealth of Virginia to ensure the orderly and fair administration of justice; and to encourage social networking among the members of the Bar.

Executive Board

Left to Right: Stephen DeBoer, Katherine Currin, Hatel Challa, Amanda Newins,  Matthew Wooten


Andy Patzig

Executive Member

Andy Patzig, an Air Force brat, grew up primarily in Harrisonburg, Virginia


Amanda L. Newins


Amanda is an Associate Attorney at Pender & Coward, P.C., focusing her practice on criminal and civil litigation.


Katherine D. Currin


Katherine D. Currin is the managing partner at Morris, Crawford & Currin, P.C. She represents indigent criminal defendants in Chesapeake and Norfolk in all courts in


Matthew Wooten


Matthew Wooten, a Chesapeake native, graduated from Greenbrier Christian Academy before going on to obtain a degree in International Business


Hetal Challa


Hetal Challa owns a solo practice, Challa Law PC, and practices family law in several jurisdictions in the Commonwealth. She weaves together her experience in


Past Presidents

2020 - Stephen DeBoer 

2019 - Kristen M. Shannon

2018 - Shelly F. Wood

2017 - Melissa J. Howell

2016 -Erin L. Evans-Bedois

2015 - Wilfredo Bonilla, Jr.

2014 - Andrew D. Kubovcik

2013 - Corrynn J. Peters

2012 - Kimberly H. Phillips

2011 - David J. Whitted

2010 - Lori B. Galbraith

2009 - Brian K. Miller

2008 - Christopher H. Faulk


2007 - James E. Short

2006 - C. Eric Plumlee

2005 - Katherine D. Tarter

2004 - Susan V. Rowling

2003 - Erik P. Gordon 

2002 - Heather Buyrn Crook

2001 - Robert G. MacDonald

2000 - Steven K. Whitaker

1999 -  James "Jay" A. Leftwich, Jr.

1998 - Eric W. Harris

1997 - Laura M. Everhart 

1996 - Kevin L. Hubbard

1995 - Herbert W. Laine 


1994 - John W. Jelich, III

1993 - Stephen J. Telfeyan

1992 - John E. Zydron

1991 - Timothy S. Wright

1990 - John E. Oliver

1989 - Steven F. Shames 

1988 - John E. Oliver 

1980 - John W. Brown