James M. McCauley, Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar / Richmond
James M. McCauley is the Ethics Counsel for the Virginia State Bar where he has been employed for 27 years. Mr. McCauley and his staff write advisory opinions for the Standing Committee on Legal Ethics, investigate complaints alleging unauthorized practice of law and provide informal advice over the telephone to members of the bar, bench and general public on lawyer regulatory matters. Mr. McCauley teaches Professional Responsibility at the T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, Virginia and served on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism from 2008-2011. Mr. McCauley served on the faculty of the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course from 2004-2010. He is a Fellow of the Virginia Law and the American Bar Foundations. Mr. McCauley is a member of the John Marshall Inn of Court in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. McCauley serves on the Board of Directors for Lawyers Helping Lawyers. In his spare time, he plays guitar and sings in local venues in the Richmond, Virginia area and has played in bands throughout most of his life.
Richard Leigh, who has had hits in the 70's, 80's, and 90's, kicked off the 21st century with a Top Ten hit "Cold Day In July", recorded by the Dixie Chicks. More recently, his good friend Billy Dean recorded an entire album of his songs entitled, Billy Dean Sings Richard Leigh, released September 2009. He got his first break in 1976 when Crystal Gayle released "I'll Get Over You", and took it to #1 on Billboard's Country Chart. Two years later, his song "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" went to #1 and was CMA's Song of the Year. To date, Richard Leigh has made fourteen trips to the Top Ten and has written or co-written eight #1 singles: "Somewhere In My Broken Heart", "The Greatest Man I Never Knew", "Come From The Heart", "That's The Thing About Love", "Life's Highway", "Put Your Dreams Away", and the aforementioned "I'll Get Over You" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". Learn more at www.richardleigh.com.
Tony Arata was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He moved to Nashville in 1986 where his unique, soulful style began to get the attention of people like Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks. Garth recorded seven of Tony's songs and "The Dance" won song of the year at The Academy of Country Music and received both a CMA and a Grammy nomination, as well as most-performed song in Radio and Records magazine. He has also had #1 records with "Here I Am" for Patty Loveless, "I'm Holding My Own" for Lee Roy Parnell, and "Dreaming With My Eyes Open" for Clay Walker. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Delbert McClinton, and Hal Ketchum. Learn more at www.tonyarata.com.
Leslie Satcher grew up in Paris, Texas, where she sang in local churches and schools. In 1989, she moved to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a country music singer, but found a niche writing the songs for notable country music acts like Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, and Reba McEntire. Pam Tillis reached #12 on the country charts in 1998 with Satcher's "I Said A Prayer". In 2002, Martina McBride's performance of Satcher's "When God-Fearin' Women Get The Blues" reached #8. Satcher's 2006 song "Politically Uncorrect", performed by Merle Haggard and Gretchen Wilson, reached #23. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2008, two songs Satcher co-wrote with Monty Holmes, "Troubadour" (which went to #1) and "House of Cash", were recorded by George Strait. Satcher is also an artist in her own right. She has recorded three of her own records, Love Letters, Creation, and Gypsy Boots. Learn more at www.lesliesatcher.com.