The Virginia Bar Association                                                            June 22, 2012
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In this issue
Fellows nominations
Summer Meeting registration heating up
Legal Elite voting starts
Get your Rules of Evidence
Et cetera
Fellows nominations
Through July 2, the Virginia Law Foundation will be accepting nominations for potential Fellows.
Candidates must be Virginia residents of integrity and character who have been active or associate members of the Virginia State Bar for at least 10 years, among other criteria.
The Fellows designation was created to encourage and recognize excellence in the practice of law and public service. Many of the 412 Fellows are VBA members.
Induction ceremonies are held each year during the Annual Meeting of the VBA. The next one will be January 24-26, 2013, at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center.
Upcoming events
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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Exciting news! The candidates in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia have confirmed that they will appear in a VBA Summer Meeting debate. Media outlets are calling this race one to watch.


Don't miss this truly historic event July 21 at The Homestead in Hot Springs - or any of the other VBA and legal news included in The VBA Voice.

Early registration for Summer Meeting ends Tuesday 

While the debate between George Allen and Tim Kaine will be a highlight of the 122nd Summer Meeting, July 19-22, the conference is much, much more than that:


  • More than 25 MCLE Credits' worth of2012 Summer Meeting Program Cover educational programs.

Big names, including programs that:

  • Feature state senators and delegates,
  • Include the chief judge and two other judges from the Court of Appeals of Virginia,
  • Focus on Virginia exonerations and feature Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and
  • Headline former Gov. Gerald Baliles, the attorney general and the CEO of Carilion Health Care System.

Big fun

  • An opening reception Thursday, as well as a reception, awards, recognition of Life Members, dinner and dancing with your favorite colleagues on Friday evening
  • Tournaments for golfers and tennis players
  • A spouse/guest culinary program presented by the hotel's new executive chef
  • The President's Award Reception on Saturday evening
  • The Meet-the-Candidates Reception after the debate
  • Recreational and leisure activities as well as children's programs

Big debate

  • One stage
  • Two former governors -- the Republican a former U.S. senator, the Democrat a former national party chairman -- pitted in what news outlets have dubbed as "one of the most competitive Senate contests in the country" and "an epic battle."
  • News media coverage 
Early registration (online form) (downloadable form) for the meeting continues through June 26. That date also is the deadline for the discounted group rate to book rooms at The Homestead. Find everything you need to join us at By the way, #vbasummer12 will be the Twitter hashtag about and during the Summer Meeting. Follow us @VABarAssn.
Legal Elite balloting under way
Voting for the 2012 Legal Elite has begun. Electronic ballots were sent June 14 and 15 to about 11,600 lawyers across the state. An online ballot is available on the Virginia Business website2012 Legal Elite logo.


Since 2000, The Virginia Bar Association

has advised Virginia Business magazine on categories of legal specialities and

has announced the balloting to our members. Voting for the Legal Elite, which recognizes outstanding lawyers in the commonwealth, is open to all licensed lawyers in Virginia. The deadline for this year's voting will be Aug. 8.


This 2012 Legal Elite ballot includes 16 categories, one of which, bankruptcy, has been broadened to include creditors' rights.
Rules of Evidence become effective July 1 
The Supreme Court of Virginia posted a 27-page PDF that contains the Rules of Evidence approved in the 2012 session of the General Assembly. The rules take effect on July 1, ending a quest that spanned 18 years. Virginia's rules change no doctrine or case law, and statutes related to evidentiary issues will remain in the Code of Virginia, with cross-references in the rules.
Et cetera

VSB Lawyers Expo logoWe hope you dropped by our booth at the Virginia State Bar annual meeting in Virginia Beach last week. It was the hot spot of the exhibition space and we anticipate gaining new members through this outreach. Check out the slideshow on our Facebook page. 


VBA members make up 70 of the Top 100 Virginia Super Lawyers in 2012, including eight in the Top 10. Congratulations!


Troutman Sanders is the most recent law firm to contribute to the VBA's Honoring Past Presidents Sponsorship Program.


Jobs? We've got 'em posted. At the VBA Career Center, job seekers can post their resume for free. Currently, 16 posted positions in Virginia need to be filled.


Attorneys who have a Fairfax County Sheriff's Office Attorney Identification card for security purposes must get their card replaced with one that works with a new security system. Replacement cards started being issued this week. Attorneys with questions may contact 2nd Lt. Jonathan Ortiz.


The VBA-founded Rule of Law Project recently taught 22 Afghan officials - all women - in an international outreach program created by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. The Rule of Law Project was created in 2008 by Roanoke attorney G. Michael Pace Jr. during his term as president of the Association.


2012 New Rule of Law logoSpeaking of the project that Pace started, its website is undergoing a rebranding that recognizes the importance of ongoing funding from the Virginia Law Foundation, while still acknowledging the VBA. 


Using the VBA Young Lawyers Division's model, the legal community in Georgia raised more than 600,000 pounds of food in its first Legal Food Frenzy


Contributors to Lawyers Helping Lawyers video award 

The video "Lawyers Helping Lawyers: Confidential Road to Recovery" won a Capital Awards of Merit in the external video programs-public relations tactics category.The award was presented in May at the 65th Virginia Public Relations Awards ceremony in Richmond.The Lawyers Helping Lawyers program, organized in 1985 and endorsed by the VBA, provides confidential, non-disciplinary assistance to legal professionals in Virginia who experience professional impairment as a result of substance abuse or mental health problems.

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