Check out Dunkin in ALA Newsletter!

CGG Office Manager, Robert Kotwicki, and his beloved English Bulldog (and firm mascot), Dunkin, were prominently featured in the Summer 2017 edition of the Association of Legal Administrators NoVa Newsletter.  Check out the great article (pages 4 – 6) which includes an interview with Robert about the benefits of dogs in the workplace (and in life in general!), and several adorable pictures of Dunkin:

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Congratulations, Heather – “Virginia’s Best Women Lawyers”

Congratulations to Heather Cooper who has been included among "Virginia's Best Women Lawyers" published in the August 2017 edition of Virginia Living Magazine. The list of the state's top-rated women lawyers was excerpted from the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, for which lawyers are selected by the vote of their peers.

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Dan Gray Presents at VACLE

On Thursday, June 29, Dan Gray was invited to present at a VACLE Program on Computer, Cell Phone, and Social Media Evidence:  How to Get It and How to Use It, at Nationals Park.  Dan has presented on this topic before, but this time, he enjoyed a Nationals game – even if the Nats went down to the Cubs due to a late inning pitching meltdown.

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17th Annual Chipping in to End Domestic Violence Charity Golf Tournament!

There are only three months until the 17th Chipping in to End Domestic Violence Charity Golf Tournament!  The tournament will be held at The Golf Club at Lansdowne on Friday, September 29, 2017.  As always, all proceeds from this tournament will go directly to the women and children at the Artemis House. In addition to supporting a worthy cause and spending a Friday afternoon on the golf course, everyone will have a chance to win great prizes!  If you would like to register to play, or if you would like to become a sponsor, please visit the tournament’s webpage here.

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Congratulations, Nathan!

Earlier this month, Nathan Olson attended the 79th Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. On June 16, 2017 Nathan was honored at the Young Lawyers Conference luncheon for his 10 years of service. Nathan was presented a plaque and the outgoing President (Dean E. Lhospital) thanked him for his dedication to the YLC and to bar service in general. During his decade of service, Nathan served as a Program Chair, Circuit Representative, Board of Governors Member, Bar Council Member, and President of the YLC. We are proud of Nathan’s involvement, dedication, and hard work. Congratulations, Nathan!

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Congratulations, Rob!

On June 15, 2017, the Virginia State Bar Council unanimously approved the nomination of our own Rob Worster as a committee member of the 2017-2018 Fifth District Committee (Section II). District committees are the backbone of the attorney disciplinary process and we are proud that Rob has joined Heather Cooper and Stephanie Smith in this important role of service to the bar and public.

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Divorce Support Circle Explores New Ways to Find Closure

In the Divorce Support Circle on Tuesday June 13th, 2017, clients were guided through the cathartic experience of a "goodbye jar" activity. Goodbyes are never easy, especially for those who invested years in their marriage. Clients identified things that they have to say goodbye to in order to bring some degree of closure. Clients identified saying goodbye to their role as a wife/husband, to the family life they envisioned, to their marital home, and to feeling inferior. Clients were actively engaged in sharing stories, and collectively “problem solved” how to move on from this hurdle. The support circle concluded with a guided imagery relaxation script that included positive affirmations to empower clients to navigate through this difficult life transition. The support circle is held every second Tuesday of the month and is facilitated by Dr. Leah Nathan.

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Baby Jane Has Arrived!

We are so proud to announce the newest member of CGG's family! Jane Cynthia Smith was born on June 2, 2017 to proud parents Stephanie and Kevin, big sister Claire, and big brother Ben. Baby Jane is healthy, sweet and beautiful, and we couldn't be happier for the Smiths!

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Rob Worster Serves as the Master of Ceremonies

On June 13th, Rob Worster served as master of ceremonies for a Fairfax County Bar Association CLE on evidence. The Seminar was taught by the Honorable Thomas P Mann and attended by over 70 members of the Bar. It was an excellent presentation, and Judge Mann provided very helpful insight.

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CGG Attends Annual Judicial & Legislative Reception

On May 24, 2017, David Ginsberg ('96), Nathan Olson ('06), and Kristen Kugel ('12) attended GMU Antonin Scalia Law School's 20th Annual Judicial & Legislative Reception. The Honorable Donald W. Lemons, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, was recognized for judicial excellence, and the Honorable William J. Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, was recognized for legislative excellence. As always, attendees enjoyed a lovely evening of food and camaraderie in the law school's beautiful atrium.

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