VP Advocacy

As the Wellness Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Margaret Hannapel Ogden is dedicated to improving mental health and addressing substance abuse in the legal profession through education, policy, and outreach.  A lawyer by training, Margaret began her career in the Roanoke City Commonwealth Attorney’s Office before entering private practice to defend criminal cases throughout the Roanoke and New River Valleys.  Immediately prior to joining the Virginia Lawyers’ Wellness Initiative, she served as the Staff Attorney for the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, where she analyzed policy, drafted and commented on proposed rules and legislation, and advised judges and attorneys on best practices for addressing bias in the state court system.  Margaret graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and then earned her J.D. from Washington & Lee School of Law in 2011.  When not traveling around the Commonwealth discussing attorney well-being, you can find Margaret walking in Richmond’s Fan neighborhood with her husband, Nathan, and their dogs, Jackson and Tilda