President: Christopher R. Hedrick

Chris is a Newport News native who attended Menchville High School.  He graduated from Wake Forest University and attended the College of William and Mary Law School graduating in 1992.   He is a partner in the Newport News law firm of Mason, Mason, Walker and Hedrick, where his practice is concentrated in civil litigation and defense of case under the Longhore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act for local shipbuilding and maritime employers in the Port of Hampton Roads.   He is a retired Colonel from the US Army Reserve.   He is married and has three daughters.

 President-Elect: Shawn Overbey


Secretary:  Jessica Crossett

Jess Crossett is the Chief Deputy Public Defender in Newport News, where she has worked for ten years. She earned her law degree at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. While at Stetson, she completed a trial advocacy concentration program and served as notes and comments editor for the Stetson Law Review. Prior to law school, Jess earned a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her current role, Jess serves as a supervisor on the adult felony and misdemeanor team as well as the office’s assistant appellate supervisor. She enjoys the opportunity to train and mentor other attorneys in her office and across Virginia by serving as faculty at training programs with the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission. Jess believes that indigent defense is the very essence of the practice of law and sees every day as an opportunity to work toward change in the criminal justice system. She lives in Seaford with her husband, son, and two insane rescue dogs. She is the current secretary of the Board.

Treasurer:  James J. Reid

Immediate Past President:  Molly Newton

Molly Newton is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Newport News.  She has worked at that office since 2008, prosecuting a wide variety of cases in the General District and Circuit Courts.  Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Newton began her legal career as a public defender in the City of Lynchburg.  Before attending law school, Ms. Newton worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Ms. Newton received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and she received an honors degree in political science from Johns Hopkins University, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  Ms. Newton has been a presenter at Spring Institute, the annual training conference for Virginia’s prosecutors.  She is a recent past president of the Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association and has served as a director or officer of the Newport News Bar Association for the past five years.


Irving B. Goldstein

Steven A. Meade

Steve is an attorney with Patten Wornom Hatten & Diamonstein, focusing on Business Transactions and Commercial Real Estate.  He attended the University of Virginia and Law School at the College of William & Mary.  He is the Chair of the Greater Williamsburg Partnership Committee for the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.  He is also the Vice Chair of the York County Economic Development Authority.  In addition to the Newport News Bar Association, he serves on a number of Boards such as the Christopher Newport University Real Estate Foundation and the Greater Williamsburg Business Council.  Steve lives in York County with his wife and two sons.

Amy Pyecha

Amy Pyecha is a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney who has worked for the City of Newport News since 2013.  A graduate of Regent University School of Law, she currently prosecutes a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases on the adult violent crimes team, focusing on victim-centered prosecutions.  She is a member of the Newport News Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and is a member of the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force.  

Jasmine Curry-Brandt

Jasmine is a Regulatory Compliance Advisor for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. She previously practiced Family Law. Prior to law school, Jasmine worked in the banking and account management.  She earned her law degree from Regent University School of Law and her B.A. from The College of William and Mary.  Jasmine is a proud native of Newport News and enjoys serving her fellow Newport News citizens through community service in various organizations. 

Julianne R. Cyr

Julie is a partner with Cyr & Laster Law, PLLC, in Newport News, with her primary practice areas being real estate and adult guardianship. She graduated from Regent University School of Law and received her bachelors degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Julie is originally from Vermont, but lives in Hampton with her fiancé, dog and three horses.

Patrick C. Murphrey