41st Biennial LWV-VA Convention, June 3-4, 2023

Make plans to attend the 41st Biennial LWV-VA Convention in Williamsburg, June 2-4, 2023. Our theme this year is Preserving Democracy in the 21st Century. In addition to the business meetings, we have great speakers and presentations lined up. For convention documents, click here.

To Attend

The cost to attend the convention is $150 per person which includes a morning break, lunch, an afternoon break and dinner as well as entry to all sessions. Additional tickets to the dinner with Professor Howard will be available for $55 if you would like to bring a guest. 

A block of rooms is being held at the Embassy Suites, 3006 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg. Our rate is $159 per night – double or single. The hotel provides free parking and free breakfast daily and is 1.4 miles from the William and Mary Sadler Center.

Breakfast can be purchased in the Sadler cafeteria on Saturday and Sunday mornings, for $7.50 per meal. 

Scholarships are available to help defray costs. Contact Debbie at .

Prior to Convention, all attendees will be invited to virtual meetings to review the four studies and any proposed studies for the next biennium. There will also be a Budget Committee virtual meeting. This will afford attendees the ability to review and digest this essential information well before Convention begins. 

Click here to RSVP for the convention. Hotel reservations need to be made separately. The information is on the invitation.

Email Joan at for more information.

Pre-Convention Caucuses

We will be holding pre-Convention Caucuses for delegates, observers and all members of the LWV of Virginia. These events will be virtual to allow everyone the opportunity to participate. To register, click here.

All events begin at 7 p.m.

Tues., May 16, Proposed Study on the Right to Vote: recording, slides

Wed., May 17, Education Equity Study: recording, slides

Mon., May 22, Money in Politics Study: recording, slides

Tues., May 23, Environmental Justice Study: recording, slides

Tues., May 30, Budget: recording, OF Budget

Wed., May 31, Child Care Study: recording, slides


  • Saturday Welcome Speaker: Provost Peggy Agouris, Chief Academic Officer, William and Mary University
  • Saturday Lunch speaker: Brenda Andrews, President and Owner at The New Journal and Guide (Virginia’s oldest Black weekly newspaper.)
  • Saturday Banquet Speaker: Professor A.E. Dick Howard, the Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law at the University of Virginia, is widely acknowledged as an expert in the fields of constitutional law, comparative constitutionalism, and the Supreme Court. Professor Howard rewrote the Virginia Constitution in 1971 to guarantee Black voting rights and was a chief consultant to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s efforts to restore rights to returning citizens. 
  • Sunday Opening Speaker: Kimberley Hundley, Williamsburg James City County School Board

Saturday Afternoon Breakout Sessions Presented by: 

  • Affordable Housing Issue Group
  • Behavioral Health Issue Group
  • Voting and Elections Issue Group
  • Domestic Violence Issue Group: The Incredible Elijah Lee 
  • Environment Issue Group: Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment, Geography Advisor, University of Richmond.
  • LWV Arlington and Alexandria City: Oral Histories Program: How can you preserve the history of your local league?

Slate of Officers:


  • President:  Joan Porte [Arlington & Alexandria City]
  • 1st Vice President:   Anu Sahai [Fairfax Area]
  • 2nd Vice President:  Erni Bridges [Fairfax Area]
  • Secretary:  Charity Boyette  [Montgomery County]
  • Treasurer:  Andrianne Konstas-Salvette [Fairfax Area]


  • Janet Boyd [Arlington & Alexandria City]
  • Denise Harrington [Williamsburg Area]
  • Krysta Jones [Arlington & Alexandria City]

Nominating Committee

  • Les Solomon [Chair] [Williamsburg Area]
  • Carolyn Caywood [South Hampton Roads]
  • Mary Crutchfield [Richmond Metro Area]


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