PLP Alumni News

Alumni Win Spots on Alexandria City Council Ballot
Jun 15 2012 - 5:30pm

Justin Wilson (PLP 2003) and John Taylor Chapman (PLP 2010) each secured one of six Democratic Party nominations for the upcoming Alexandria City Council election.

Justin served on the Council previously, elected in a 2007 special election and completing his term in 2009.

John is the former president of the Alexandria NAACP. This is the Alexandria native's first Council run.

John and Justin will compete against fellow Sorensen alumni Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes in November's election.

More information about the primary is available at the Alexandria Times

Ross-Hammond to Run for Va. Beach City Council
Jun 14 2012 - 3:22pm

Amelia Ross-Hammond (CTP 2011; PLP 2012) has announced her candidacy for Virginia Beach City Council in the Kempsville district.

Payne Joins W&M Annual Giving Board of Directors
Jun 12 2012 - 1:21pm

Will Payne (PLP 2005) was recently voted on to the William & Mary Annual Giving Board of Directors. He is the fifth youngest of the 25-member Board covering classes from 1971-2011. Last year he served as co-chair of his 10-year reunion gift committee and was subsequently awarded the Board of Directors Cup.

The Annual Giving Board of Directors is organized to assist and promote the College of William & Mary in Virginia through the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors to the College, with special emphasis on annual gifts. The Board plays an active role in developing volunteer networks, reaching out to donors and advises in the development of strategy and operational plans to drive success of annual giving.

Baliles to Run for Richmond City Council
Jun 7 2012 - 11:41am

Jon Baliles (PLP 2011) has announced his candidacy for Richmond City Council. Full story at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

State Bar Young Lawyers Honor Tengco
Jun 1 2012 - 8:44pm

The Board of Governors of Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (VSB-YLC) voted to honor Leonard C. Tengco (PLP 2011; CTP 2012) for his outstanding service to the bar and the public. Last October, Tengco served as the Chair of the Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference hosted at Regent University School of Law. Guest speakers included Sorensen's very own John L. Newby II (PLP 2011), Stephen E. Parker (PLP 2011), and Tony H. Pham (PLP 2012), and nearly one-hundred college students throughout Virginia attended the full-day event. Tengco will be formally recognized at the VSB-YLC Reception, held in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar's 74th Annual Membership & Awards Meeting at the Cavalier Hotel Beach Club in Virginia Beach next month.

Tengco is also a candidate for the Virginia Beach School Board-Centerville District. His 2011 PLP Class voted him as having the "Best Sense of Humor" and "Most Likely to be Involved in a Political Scandal."

Booz to Run for Alexandria School Board
May 30 2012 - 2:36pm

Kelly Carmichael Booz (PLP 2011; CTP 2011) has announced her candidacy for the Alexandria School Board in District B. Full story at

Pham to Serve on State Bar's Disciplinary Board
May 25 2012 - 12:05pm

Tony Pham (PLP 2012) has been selected by the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve on the Virginia State Bar's Disciplinary Board, a highly competitive position. Eight other highly qualified attorneys from around the Commonwealth were also considered for the position. 

Strandlie Meets Sandra Day O'Connor
May 17 2012 - 3:14pm

Strandlie and her daughter with Sandra Day O'Connor

Julie Strandlie (PLP 2011; CTP 2012) was an organizer of this year's Law Day events at Columbia Elementary School in Annandale, featuring Sandra Day O'Connor. The former Supreme Court Justice read to the students and spoke about her time on the Court. 



Rhode Appointed Commissioner of ABC Board
Mar 29 2012 - 1:53pm

Bryan Rhode (PLP 2008, CTP 2009) was recently appointed as Commissioner of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.  Rhode previously served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Richmond where he has prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from drug distribution to murder.  He is a member of the office’s narcotics distribution team, was the Community Assisted Public Safety Program liaison and headed the office’s asset forfeiture program.  He began his public service as a Marine Corps infantry officer where he deployed overseas twice and was both a platoon and company commander.  

Congratulations, Bryan!

Jones Joins Jim Moran's Office
Mar 22 2012 - 12:19pm

Featured Alumni

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    Jesse Ferguson

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Jesse serves as the Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    He was Brian Moran's Chief of Staff during Moran's tenure as Democratic Caucus Chairman in the Virginia House of Delegates and was also the communications director on Moran’s Democratic primary campaign for Governor. Jesse is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a co-founder and former Executive Director of Virginia21.