Here Is An Influential Woman

By: Justin Ward. This was posted Friday, May 20th, 2011

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We’re very proud that our own Jayne A. Pemberton was named an Influential Woman of Virginia by Lawyers Media on Thursday, May 19. She’s in a class of many remarkable women this year, the third of this recognition coordinated by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Jayne was recognized for, among other things, her work in the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia (BBBS).

In the MRWBA, Pemberton quickly rose through the ranks to the presidency this year. Under her leadership, MRWBA has adopted the Peter Paul Development Center in Church Hill as a public service project, raising money, sponsoring a family at Christmas, and organizing parties at Christmas and in the spring for the children, attended by MRWBA members.

At BBBS, Pemberton has been in lead positions for the Board during the hiring and installation of a new Executive Director. She has mentored one young lady through her senior year in high school and graduation from the BBBS program, and has started mentoring a second “little sister” in January of this year. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Big Sister of the Year Award for her years of service to BBBS. Recently, Jayne has been working to garner the support of BBBS by MRWBA, marrying two of her passions within and without the practice of law.

Pemberton joined Sands Anderson in 2005 and focuses her legal practice on defense of companies and individuals in insurance litigation, and on insurance coverage issues. She earned Bachelors and Masters of Arts degrees at Baylor University and her law degree at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Now in its third year, the Virginia Lawyers Media awards program recognizes the outstanding efforts of women in the commonwealth in all fields, including law, business, health care, education and the arts. The honors are given to individuals who are making notable contributions to their chosen professions, their communities and society at large, according to publisher Paul Fletcher. The entire class of 2011 recipients was covered in a special publication inserted in the May 9 edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

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