Prince William County Bar Association Hosts Historic Screening

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Left to right: Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq., Bernard Cohen, Esq., and Karen Cohen, Esq.

Left to right: Kristina Keech Spitler, Esq., Bernard Cohen, Esq., and Karen Cohen, Esq.

The Prince William County Bar Association, together with the Old Dominion Bar Association and the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association co-hosted a screening of the documentary “The Loving Story.” The film chronicled the legal case, Loving v. Virginia, 388. U.S. 1, (1967), a landmark United States Supreme Court civil rights decision invalidating Virginia’s law against interracial marriage. Bernard Cohen, one of the attorneys who fought and won the Loving v. Virginia case, addressed the audience after the film, and was introduced by his daughter, Karen Cohen, an attorney with Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

The event was held on the evening of September 20, 2016, and was sponsored by the Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/Prince William County, which provided a venue for showing the film, and the law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. Well over 100 people were in attendance, including Senator Scott Surovell, Mayor Hal Parrish of the City of Manassas, the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, Ed Weiner, Immediate Past President of the Virginia State Bar, and members of the three Bar Associations.

History was made as all three bar associations came together for the first time to host this remarkable event. “We were thrilled and honored to be a part of this very special evening where so many gathered together almost 50 years after the historic Loving decision,” said Kristina Keech Spitler, member of the Board of Directors of the Prince William County Bar Association and attorney at Vanderpool Frostick & Nishanian, P.C. The major motion picture “Loving” is scheduled to be released in theaters in November 2016.

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