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Legal Food Frenzy reception
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    Here's a quick update about the 122nd Summer Meeting from July 19 to 22 at The Homestead. Record attendance, excellent programming and national news media exposure made this conference another one to remember.
    For those members who couldn't make it, we want to bring some of the excitement from the programming, which included a U.S. Senatorial Debate, to your in-box. Watch for further updates when the presentations, such as health care reform and exonerations, become available on VBA Online CLE.
    CNN's Candy Crowley moderates debate
    An audience of about 450 watched Tim Kaine and George Allen touch on a multitude of issues during an hour-plus debate. The event opened with a question related to gun control, in light of the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting.
    Both former governors also granted exclusive interviews with Candy Crowley, CNN's chief political correspondent. Crowley's "State of the Union" show on Sunday broadcast segments from both videotapings.
    US Senate Debate at VBA meeting. Photo by Bob Brown, Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Tim Kaine and George Allen meet at VBA Summer Meeting. Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Reporters converge to cover Allen-Kaine debate 
    The Washington Post, NationalJournal magazine, The Washington Times, The ExaminerThe Virginian-Pilot, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roanoke Times, the Daily Press in Hampton Roads, the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star, The News Virginian in Waynesboro and The Recorder in Southwest Virginia were among newspapers reporting what the U.S. Senate candidates said.


    Articles by Bob Lewis, The Associated Press political writer, and photographs by AP Photographer Steve Helber appeared in numerous online news sites, including this link to the website of WTOP-FM.


    Virginia Business magazine posted video of the debate. PolitiFact weighed in on the accuracy of candidate comments. Public radio stations WCVE and WVTF informed their audiences about the event, as did television stations WSLS and WDBJ.


    The VBA effort to inform members and the public about the candidates also was carried by Allegheny Mountain Radio and elsewhere by news media that registered in advance and on the morning of the event. 


    The American Bar Association Behind Bars blog shared the news of the VBA event in advance to all its readers, reminding them "of the unique role voluntary bar associations can play ... to encourage discussion about important political developments and ultimately encourage members and the general public to be more engaged in the civic development of their city, county and state."
    Coverage about the VBA does not end there
    Paul Fletcher, editor-in-chief and VBA President Hugh Fain on scissors lift at receptionpublisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, summarized his experience at the meeting in his blog. Last Monday, the newspaper published a Q&A with VBA President Hugh M. Fain III on page 2 of the print edition. A VLW subscription is needed to read the Q&A online.
    HuYoung introduces Haynesworth presentation
    The VBA staff post photographs from the Summer Meeting on the VBA Facebook page. Look for them this week.
    VBA President-elect Tom Bagby, Gov. Baliles, the Landins
    Listening to the Legacy
    Series Luncheon speaker on "America's Least Understood Conflict: The War of 1812"
    John D. Epps, recipient of the Roger D. Groot Pro Bono Publico Service Award

    B. Cullen Gibson law firm in Norfolk receives 2012 Attorney General's Cup for top finish in Legal Food FrenzyThe law offices and law schools that made the top contributions in the 6th Annual Legal Food Frenzy this past April received their awards last night. Invited to a reception at the Executive Mansion last evening, they were the guests of Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The VBA's Young Lawyers Division coordinates the friendly statewide contest in collaboration with the Attorney General's Office and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. B. Cullen Gibson in Norfolk earned the Attorney General's Cup for top honors. The law school winner of the Attorney General's Cup for most total pounds and most per capita donation was the University of Richmond School of Law. Ten other organizations that finished tops in their category also received awards. Read the May news release with all the results, and watch the VBA Facebook page for more photos.


    The VBA and its members' roles in JusticeServer and the 2012 Chief Justice's Pro Bono Summit are mentioned in an article in the June/July issue of Virginia Lawyer.


    The July 23 issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly, contains an article on Page B-2 about best practices for attorneys fees and billing practices for corporate counsel. The author discusses a report on the topic compiled by a task force of the VBA Law Practice Management Division.  


    Join the conversation on social media. The VBA gained nearly 50 followers on Twitter during the Summer Meeting. See what folks were tweeting by searching the hashtag #VBASummer12 and follow us at @VABarAssn.

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