The Virginia Bar Association                                                              May 1, 2012
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In This Issue
Legislative success
Forever Tree ceremony
New benefit: Online CLE
VBA Journal gets makeover
Vote for video stars
Legislative success
The 2012 General AssemblyLead lobbyist Jay Spruill III session kept the VBA's new lobbyists busy. Team leader Jay Spruill III of Reed Smith LLP kept members updated with his dispatches in the winter and spring issues of the VBA Journal and on the Legislation page of the VBA website and the at-a-glance tables. Section members just received their legislative updates, one of the benefits of joining a VBA Section.
Upcoming events
May 4-5
Duck, NC
May 8
General Assembly Building, Richmond
May 11-12
Duck, NC
July 19-22
122nd Annual VBA Summer Meeting
Come watch the U.S. Senate Debate!
Hot Springs, VA
September 20-22
42nd Annual VBA Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law
Charlottesville, VA

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Welcome to the new electronic newsletter from your Association. There's so much news and so many events going on that a compilation of them seems necessary to make sure you can get the most out of your membership.


Section-specific emails will still be sent, but we think sharing abbreviated notices of Section events in The VBA Voice is another way to build involvement. We hope you agree.
Forever Tree honors Chief Justice Hassell
Chief Justice Kinser at Forever Tree ceremony
Chief Justice Kinser shares inscription on plaque to be installed near Forever Tree.
A maple tree, planted in memory of Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr., was dedicated on April 24 in Richmond. Current justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia shoveled mulch onto the Forever Tree, which will be cared for in perpetuity on Capitol Square. The ceremony followed the first part of the 2012 Chief Justice's Pro Bono Summit, held in the Court. Hassell encouraged Virginia lawyers and especially The Virginia Bar Association to promote pro bono publico work throughout Virginia. This year's summit meeting was the second such event planned by the VBA.
Newest member benefit--VBA Online CLE
VBA Online CLE logoGet your required continuing legal education credits when and where it is most convenient to you. Through VBA Online CLE, you can still enjoy the high-quality programs the VBA is known for, even when you can't join your colleagues in person. VBA members always get a discount. Check it out now, with special introductory pricing.  Learn more ...      Try it now ...
VBA Journal gets makeovers in print and online 
We have completely redesigned, and slightly renamed, the VBA Journal. Now a robust 40 pages, the full-color magazine more vividly depicts the Association in print and digital versions.
VBA Journal Spring 2012
Professor A.E. Dick Howard penned our cover story, "The Virginia Constitution at 40." Between the covers, in addition to columns from officers and division heads, you'll find:
  • Writer's Block
  • Lobbyist's Perspective
  • New member information
  • A VBA Summer Meeting preview
  • Tips on finding good clients
  • Top 10 Things Never to Say to a Judge
  • An update on eminent domain and the proposed amendment
  • Tech topics: iPads, tablets and E-Discovery
Members will be mailed issues three times a year: in spring, in late summer and at the end of the year.
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Vote for your favorite video star 
video clapboardWatch fellow VBA members talk about the value they get from being part of the state's largest voluntary bar organization, then follow the link on the video page to vote for your favorite. The most popular VBA video star wins an iPod nano. Check out these videos now. The contest ends May 15.
  • The Young Lawyers Division is planning a membership renewal phone-a-thon on May 14. 
  • G. Michael Pace Jr. earned the Patrick Henry Award for his outstanding career as a dedicated public servant.
  • The VBA's Twitter presence continues to grow. Since chirping our first tweet as @VABarAssn in February, we have gained about 150 followers.
  • About 75 people attended the VBA/VSB Appellate Summit on April 25 at the offices of Troutman Sanders in Richmond. See images from the event, which started with "Words from the Chiefs."
  • The 6th Annual Legal Food Frenzy ran from April 2-13. Our Attorney General Ken Cuccinellipartner in the competition to benefit food banks statewide, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, is scheduled to announce in early May which competitors won which awards. Awards will be presented at a reception later this year at the Executive Mansion. Young lawyers in Richmond and Norfolk have already toasted to victory.
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