Darrel Tillar Mason is a lawyer and was the founder of the Center for Special Education Advocacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving families of disabled children experiencing challenges in securing an appropriate education. She was appointed to the VOPA Board in 2010, became Vice Chair in 2011, and Chair in 2012. She is also the President of the Virginia Disability Law and Advocacy Fund which supports the work of VOPA.
Ms. Mason serves on the Virginia State Bar Council, appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia. In 2008 Ms Mason was honored as a “Virginia Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, and was recognized by the Virginia State Bar for her work on various Bar committees. She serves on the Board of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and has served as both Treasurer and President as well as editor of VWAA’s legal journal. Ms. Mason formerly served as Vice President of the State Board of Education and Chaired the state’s Council on the Status of Women, both gubernatorial appointments.
Ms. Mason frequently presents seminars on legal topics and has published numerous articles on a variety of legal, ethical and social issues. In 2011 she was recognized as the Goochland Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year.”
Her educational credentials include earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.