The Virginia Bar Association                                                            July 12, 2012
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In this issue
Fellows deadline extended
Submit debate questions now
Crowley's CNN show to feature debate
Don't miss the VBA Summer Meeting
Hashtag: #vbasummer12
Governor invites circuit court nominees
In memoriam
Et cetera
Fellows nominations
Through Aug. 1, 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
Charlottesville, VA


September 27
VBA Legislative Day
Richmond, VA


October 16
Richmond area, VA


October 26
Charlottesville, VA


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The VBA-sponsored debate between the U.S. Senate candidates is less than two weeks away. We have the latest news involving the moderator.


Meantime, former U.S. Senator George Allen and former Chairman of the National Democratic Committee Tim Kaine are eager to hear VBA member questions at the debate. What topics do you hope they address?

CNN's Candy Crowley to moderate debate

An award-winning chief political correspondent for CNN, Candy Crowley covers a range of stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill.


CNN's Candy Crowley

She also is anchor of "State of the Union with Candy Crowley,"a political hour of newsmaker interviews and analysis of the week's most important issues. Crowley took the reins of the program, which airs on Sundays at 9 a.m. and noon ET, in February 2010.


At 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at The Homestead, Crowley will take the reins of the VBA debate between two former Virginia governors. 


 "We're absolutely thrilled to attract a national media representative - and someone of Ms. Crowley's caliber - to moderate," said VBA President Hugh M. Fain III. "This debate certainly will be one to attend, with Virginia's Senate seat among the most hotly contested in Congress this year."


All audience members must have a badge either from the VBA meeting or from the VBA Registration desk to gain admittance. The debate is open to the public at no charge, with walk-in registration.

questionsWhat debate questions should be asked?
Here's your opportunity to contribute to the discussion. Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates want to address topics and issues of interest to VBA members and from attendees at the 122nd Summer Meeting.
Moderator Candy Crowley of CNN will determine which submitted questions to pose at the debate on July 21.
VBA debate and CNN: Tell your friends

"State of the Union" plans to run highlights from the VBA Summer Meeting debate in its program on Sunday, July 22. "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" airs Sundays at 9 a.m. and noon ET on CNN. 

It's not too late to register for Summer Meeting

You can still sign up to attend the 122nd Summer Meeting, July 19-22, at2012 Summer Meeting Program Cover The Homestead. Learn, socialize and hold friendly competitions with your colleagues.


Click on the image at right to see the program and the 18 presentations on tap.


Fill out the registration form (online) (downloadable) and get it back to us. Any rooms remaining in the reserved conference block may be booked through The Homestead.


Find everything you need to join us at

Twitter fans: Take note of #vbasummer12

The hashtag for the VBA Summer Meeting tweets is #vbasummer12.


If you're going to the meeting, we hope you'll contribute valuable tidbits  you find worth sharing using our hashtag. And if you're not, follow the conversation from wherever you'll be. 


And if you're new to all this Twitter business, and don't know a hashtag from a haystack, give it a whirl during the VBA Summer Meeting. Find us on Twitter year-round @VABarAssn.   

Apply for circuit court vacancies 

Candidates interested in filling judicial vacancies in the 6th, 10th and 29th Judicial Circuits can apply online.


Virginia's Constitution gives the governor the authority to appoint judges to fill judicial vacancies "which exist while the General Assembly is not in session."


Appointees will serve until 30 days after the start of the next session of the General Assembly. 

In memoriam 

BESS CASTLE WENDELL: The Virginia Bar Association is saddened to inform our members of the passing of Ms. Bess Castle Wendell on July 4, 2012, after a long illness. She was associate editor of The Virginia Bar Association Journal for more than two decades beginning in the '80s. Read more...

Et cetera

Legal Food Frenzy logoWinners in the various categories the 2012 Legal Food Frenzy will be special guests of Gov. and Mrs. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli at a reception in their honor at the Executive Mansion.


At the event later this month, winners will receive their awards for contributing to a total food and fund raising of the equivalent of more than 1.4 million pounds of food for hungry Virginians. 


The Legal Food Frenzy is a statewide competition and collaboration involving the attorney general's office, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and the Virginia Bar Association, whose Young Lawyers Division coordinates the effort.


NAWJ: The VBA is a sponsor of an upcoming reception at the state Capitol for Virginia's new and recently elevated female judges. The event, organized by District Four of the National Association of Women Judges, will be July 26. The following day, a tour and seminar at the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, also is co-sponsored by the VBA.


LEGAL ELITE: Deadline to submit nominations is Aug. 8. 

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