CHARLESTON -- State Supreme Court Chief Justice Robin Davis spoke at a luncheon June 10 at the University of Charleston that was sponsored by Elevations, the Charleston Area Alliance's Professional Women's Network.

About 90 people attended the luncheon, which was held in the University of Charleston's Erma Byrd Art Gallery.

JoEllen Zacks, the senior vice president of Charleston Area Alliance, said they were privileged and excited to have Davis at the luncheon.

"This is such a wonderful opportunity and experience for us," Zacks said.

Zacks said Charleston Area Alliance's goal is bringing the people, communities and businesses together.

"Together we can give the future a chance to fly," Zacks said. "The best is yet to come."

Davis said it was an honor to speak at the luncheon.

"It's truly a pleasure to be among so many accomplished women," Davis said. "To have the opportunity to speak with you and answer your questions is an honor."

Davis discussed the new proposed appellate procedure rules when she spoke, highlighting the main reasons for updating the rules.

"The current rules are outdated since the last change was made 35 years ago," Davis said. "The new rules are more modernized and transparent."

Elevations' mission is to enrich, empower and elevate professional women to achieve success.

"Professional women rely on Elevations as an essential network that will connect them with resources, contacts and information to enhance their lives," Zacks said.

Davis said it is tough to juggle a career and a family, but it is not impossible.

"My husband is extremely supportive and helps me in any way he can," Davis said. "Organization is the key. It is not impossible to have a career and a family."

Elevations will hold its first annual Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy in September, Zacks said.

"Our first workshop is going to provide wonderful opportunities," Zacks said. "It will be an incredible experience."

The workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites on Sept. 14 and will begin at 8 a.m. The cost is $65 for Alliance members and $75 for others who would like to attend.

For more information, visit or call 304-340-4253.

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