The Virginia Bar Association                                                            May 10, 2012
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In this issue
You be the judge
This July, take the plunge
Legal Food Frenzy winner
Online CLE titles grow
YLD stays active
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You be the judge
Watch fellow VBA members talk about the value they get from being part of the state's largest voluntary bar organiza-tion, then follow the link on video clapboardthe video page to vote for your favorite. The most popular VBA video star wins a Kindle Fire tablet computer. Check out these videos now. The contest ends next Tuesday, May 15.
Upcoming events
May 11-12
Duck, NC
July 19-22
Hot Springs, VA
September 20-22
42nd Annual VBA Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law
Charlottesville, VA
September 27
VBA Legislative Day
Richmond, VA
October 16
14th Annual VBA Corporate Counsel Fall Forum
Richmond area, VA
October 26
23rd Annual VBA Tax Practitioners' Roundtable
Charlottesville, VA
October 26
Boyd-Graves Coverence
(invitation only)
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In the past week, VBA members and guests enjoyed the 15th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference, in Duck, N.C., and the 14th Annual Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza. Just look at the pictures.
A busy spring ushers in a special summer and an active autumn for the Association. Don't miss out. Keep up with the VBA calendar at
And take time to celebrate success. Be sure to read below about the 2012 Legal Food Frenzy winners.
Room registration now open for VBA Summer Meeting
Bookmark the calendar web page for the 122nd VBA Summer Meeting and watch as we inform and entice you about the statewide gathering of members.VBA Summer Meeting reminder: July 19-22, 2012
B. Cullen Gibson repeats with top Legal Food Frenzy prize
Legal Food Frenzy logoThe top prize in the friendly statewide competition we call the Legal Food Frenzy this year goes to a firm in which each person raised an average of 18,750 pounds of food.


Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced today that for the second straight year the B. Cullen Gibson law firm in Norfolk will receive the Attorney General's Cup for greatest per capita contribution in the two-week contest. The 18,750 raised per person this year compares with 7,500 pounds to earn top honors in 2011.


The contest is a collaboration among the AG's office, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and the VBA. Young Lawyers Division members Chris Gill, Derek Swanson and Virginia Robinson coordinated the campaign. Read more ...
Member benefit growing by leaps and bounds
VBA Online CLE logoWithin a month, expect many more the titles in the VBA Online CLE catalog.

Your newest member benefit provides CLE where, when and how you want it. The Association unveiled this method to obtain continuing legal education credits with video and audio presentations from the VBA Annual Meeting in Williamsburg. Coming soon, look for CLE programs from:
  • the Symposium on Contemporary Issues of Law in the Workplace, presented by the Young Lawyers Division Law School Council at the University of Richmond
  • the Bankruptcy Law Conference
  • the VBA/VSB Appellate Summit
  • the Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza
VBA members always get a discount. Check back frequently to order new titles at special introductory prices. 
                     Learn more ...                      Try it now ...
Young Lawyers Division stays active 
This Friday, May 11, the Young Lawyers Division is co-sponsoring the Robert E. Shepherd Jr. Juvenile Law and Education Conference at the University of Richmond School of Law website.
On Friday and Saturday, the Executive Council of the YLD will hold its spring meeting at The Sanderling Resort and Spa in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
And on Monday, May 14, YLD members will be calling to encourage folks to renew memberships in the Association for 2012. Volunteers get to rekindle acquaintances. Meet other young lawyers. Eat and drink courtesy of the VBA. 
It's not too late to offer to help. The phone-a-thon will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the VBA Office at Seventh and Franklin streets in downtown Richmond. Bring your cell phone. Please dash off a quick email to staff Membership Coordinator Branden Patrick and let her know you are eager to help.
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VBA's Rule of Law Project informs Falls Church students.
                       Photo by Lisa Korte

Attorney David Gogal from the Fairfax Bar Association recently presented The Virginia Bar Association's Rule of Law Project about the rights and responsibilities of American citizens to seventh-grade civics students at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School in Falls Church City Public Schools.

     Tim Isaacs, director of education for the project, says presentations this spring also have been made at schools in Middlesex, King William, and King and Queen counties, as well as Hampton and Newport News. He and project Law Coordinator G. Michael Pace Jr. will teach delegations from Afghanistan on May 31 and present on June 27 at the University of Virginia Center for Politics' Global Perspectives on Democracy.   


Sands Anderson is the most recent law firm to join the Honoring Past Presidents Sponsorship Program.


William L. SchmidtAttorney William L. Schmidt of Fairfax, a VBA member, will receive the 26th Annual Tradition of Excellence Award from the Virginia State Bar's General Practice Section.

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