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November 17, 2017 Dialogue

News and Notes

New Commission Members

The Commission on IOLTA welcomes new members Mark Braley, Michelle Wong Krause, and Edward Winslow III for the 2017–2018 bar year.

Mark Braley is the executive director of the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia (LSCV), which is responsible for the general oversight, planning, fundraising, and development of Virginia's legal aid system, as well as the administration of IOLTA and state funds. Prior to joining LSCV in 1993, he engaged in the private practice of law in Richmond, Virginia, concentrating on criminal and civil litigation in the areas of divorce, custody, support, juvenile delinquency, business, nonprofit groups, civil rights, fair housing, worker's compensation, and automobile lemon law. From 1987–1990, Mr. Braley served as an assistant commonwealth attorney in Petersburg, Virginia.

Mr. Braley currently serves as a member of the Virginia Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission and is an ex officio member of the Virginia State Bar's Access to Legal Services Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors for the National Association of IOLTA Programs and served as its president from 2006–2008 and its treasurer from 2004–2006. In 2008, he received both the Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law Award and the Virginia State Bar Formal Resolution of Appreciation for "Extraordinary Service to the Legal Aid Community." In 2006, Mr. Braley received a letter of commendation from Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine as well as a Certificate of Appreciation (for "Exemplary and Extraordinarily Effective Work as ED of LSCV") from the Association of Virginia Legal Aid Programs.

Michelle Wong Krause is a solo practitioner in the Wong Krause Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. She served as an associate municipal judge for the City of Dallas from 2006–2008 and an associate hearing officer in Dallas Municipal Court No. 9 from 2005–2006. Ms. Wong Krause also served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation from 2001–2007. She currently serves in the ABA House of Delegates, representing the State Bar of Texas.

Ms. Wong Krause was the first Asian woman elected to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and has served as chair of both its Asian Pacific Interest Section and its Hispanic Interest Section. She also was the first Hispanic and first Asian elected to the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors, and served twice as its secretary-treasurer. She has been president of both the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) and the Dallas Asian American Bar Association (DAABA) and received the DHBA President's Award in 2010, DAABA Inspirational Leader Award in 2009, and DAABA Outstanding Minority Bar Leader Award in 2003. Additionally, Ms. Wong Krause developed the Dallas Minority Attorney Program focusing on business development, law office management, and court appointments, which won the ABA Partnership Award in 2005.

Edward Winslow III is a partner at the law firm of Brooks Pierce with more than 40 years of experience in litigation, tax law, banking, and financial services. Since 2000, he has focused on law practice management and strategic leadership, and is engaged with law firm networks at the national and international levels. Mr. Winslow currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina State Bar Plan for Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts. He is also a member of both the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina State Bar Foundation.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Winslow has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Banking & Finance Litigation, and was the Greensboro "Lawyer of the Year" for Banking and Finance Law in 2016. Further, he has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Banking & Finance from 2006–2014 and for Corporate Law/Mergers & Acquisitions from 2004–2008. He also was honored in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) in Banking Law from 2006–2017 and in Super Lawyers Business Edition for Banking in 2015. In 2016, Mr. Winslow received the Denise E. Maleska Leadership Service Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.