John Merrick is Vice President of the Lewis F. Powell III Inn of Court

–By John Merrick —

John is proud to serve as the vice-president of the local chapter of the American Inns of Court. The mission of the Inns of Court is to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring. Last week Judge Jayne Pemberton presented the Ester Windmueller Award to Judge Beverly Snukals at our Lewis F. Powell, III, Inn of Court meeting in recognition of her exemplary professionalism, inspired leadership, and dedicated mentoring of future leaders.  Both judges go out of their way to help young lawyers develop, and they mentor more than they know. We are very fortunate to have them in our Inn of Court. After the presentation of the award, Dr. Myla Goldman, Professor & Division Chief and Vice Chair of Faculty Development in VCU’s Neurology Department discussed the current state of multiple sclerosis research and efforts to establish an MS Fellowship at VCU. It was eye opening to see how many people know someone with MS (nearly everyone in the room), but we were left hopeful by the progress made in developing new treatments for this disease of the brain and spinal cord.

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