Who We Are in Culpeper, VA

Monica J. Chernin is a New Yorker by birth and a Virginian by choice. In 1974, she graduated Cum Laude from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Composition, and a teaching certification.
She received a Master of Science degree from Cornell University in 1977. After a career as an English teacher in New York and Nelson County, Virginia, and a brief foray into retail business, she took time off from work to start a family. When the youngest of her three children was 13 months old, she entered law school in Lexington, Virginia, at Washington and Lee University, and received her JD degree in 1988.
Ms. Chernin was a staff member of Rappahannock Legal Services before founding The Law Offices of Monica J. Chernin in 1991. The legal practice, from its inception, has been dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive legal counsel focusing on family related matters.
Ms. Chernin has been active in the Culpeper community, serving as a past or present member of the following boards since 1989:
  • Safe
  • Rappahannock Legal Services
  • Culpeper Literacy Council
  • Culpeper County Criminal Justice Board
In addition, she has served on the Germanna Community College Advisory Board for Paralegal Studies, the interview committee for hiring the Culpeper Middle School Principal, and the Parent Advisory Committee for the Gifted and Talented elementary school program. Together with her children, she actively participated in bringing a skateboard park to Culpeper.

A member of the Virginia State Bar since 1988, Ms. Chernin practices in all Virginia State and Appellate Courts, and serves as a Commissioner in Chancery in Culpeper Country. She is also certified as a Guardian ad litem by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Ms. Chernin has been an adjunct professor at Germanna Community College where she developed and taught a street law program for at risk juvenile offenders.
Ms. Chernin focuses her practice on all aspects of family and juvenile law. She is the managing attorney for the practice.

Contact us at The Law Offices of Monica J. Chernin, P.C. in Culpeper, Virginia, to learn more about our local legal practice.
Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association
The American Trial Lawyer's Association
The American Bar Association
The Virginia Bar Association
The Virginia Women's Bar Association
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
The Culpeper Bar Association