Although 2020 has not gone as planned, that didn’t stop the GLO team! We’d like to congratulate both Pam Gavin and Rina Van Orden on their respective weddings which took place in spite of the pandemic. Pam enjoyed a quiet private church ceremony surrounded by her loved ones, while Rina revised her wedding plan for an intimate family ceremony in a beautiful setting. In addition, both Jennifer Lovings and Kat Gavin purchased and moved into new homes! Jennifer is settled into her lovely West End home, and Kat is getting familiar with life south of the James River in her magical and adorable home in Richmond’s Forest Hills area.
We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Sewell returned to the firm on March 9th, 2020 following a parenting sabbatical. Known for extensive experience in matters from trademark portfolio management to privacy issues and beyond, we are lucky to have her on our team! Read more about Elizabeth or any of our other professionals under the “About Us” tab.
On September 9th we welcomed our new Administrative Assistant, Lily Taggart. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University Maryland this past spring and has been a wonderful addition to the team. Along with other contributions, Lily manages our social media presence and creates content for the newsletter.
Our extern, Jamie Seibert, recently completed her time at GLO. Jamie is in her third year studying at William & Mary Law and we are grateful for her hard work and bright presence. During her time with us, she worked on trademark and copyright research, as well as corporate law questions. Click through our blog to find her article on Copyright Registration for Short Online Literary Works.
As someone who studied abroad in Rome, I thought I had seen it all. (Well, truly, I don’t think that’s possible – there’s an unending list of things to see in the Eternal City.) On my recent return trip to Italy, I was wonderfully surprised and excited by all of the new things I was able to experience this time around. And all the delicious Italian wine and authentic food we sampled.
Overall, Rome hasn’t changed much since I lived there 12 years ago. We stayed in my old neighborhood and went to some of my old haunts like Remo’s Pizzeria (the best pizza in Rome). When I was studying there, Rome was trying to build Metro Line C. It’s still a work in progress as tunneling under the city has resulted in never-ending excavations as they dig up more history. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain – they’re all still there, attracting more visitors than ever, and they are truly amazing sights to behold. But some of the unexpected and special activities we came across will make this trip most memorable for me:
- Exploring the Colosseum at night with no crowds and a tour of the underground
- Experiencing the virtual chariot race at the Circus Maximus
- Visiting the long-off limits Palatine Hill for an incredible aerial view of the Forum and exploration of the imperial palace ruins
- Climbing to the top of St. Peter’s dome
- Descending into the Grottoes under Saint Peter’s Basilica to see the tombs of the Popes
- Enjoying a glass of prosecco on Castel Sant’Angelo with a view of the Vatican in the distance
Similarly, in our travels south to Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast, more new experiences became highlights of our travels:
- Viewing the unbelievably well-preserved frescoes in the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii
- Boating to the Green (not blue!) Grotto on Capri to see the glowing aqua water
- Getting sidetracked when driving the Amalfi Coast and discovering the wonderful seaside town of Maiori
- Watching an unforgettable sunset over Positano on our last evening in Italy
I’m already excited for more new experiences when we make it back to Italy someday (we threw our coins in the Trevi Fountain, after all). Of course, the thought of all that pasta and gelato doesn’t hurt either….
-Rina Van Orden, Esq.
Last month, Pam took some time out of the office to visit the Holy Land. Pam made the pilgrimage to Israel along with fellow worshipers from Hope Church. On her trip, she visited Bethlehem and the birth place of Christ, was baptized in the Jordan River, went to Nazareth and saw Armageddon, and sailed the Sea of Galilee. She shared some of the photos from her life changing experience.
Gavin Law Offices, PLC is proud to announce that after her hard work and dedication, Kat Gavin has been promoted to Partner. We are looking forward to all we can accomplish as a team with Kat in this position. Congratulations, Kat!