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