The Virginia Bar Association                                                     August 27, 2012
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In this issue
Look for your Fall VBA Journal
Fall conference cornucopia
Attention Southwest VA
Read -- and join the discussion
VBA Online CLE titles grow
Et cetera
Opening Statement
The communications committee of the VBA Young Lawyers Division is putting the final touches on a new publica-
VBA YLD logotion for YLD members.

The initial issue of Opening Statement, a newsletter, will feature substantive articles such as:
  • You have a judgment, now what?
  • Tips for young trial lawyers
  • Keeping up with the Jones opinion
  • Protecting your clients from scams
An added benefit of the newsletter will be greater promotion and notice of the many YLD-sponsored events. Look for the premiere issue in your in-box soon.
Upcoming events
September 6 and 21
Waterford at Fair Oaks (9/6) & Telephone (9/6 & 9/21)
Fairfax, VA 


September 13
Christian & Barton law office
Richmond, VA
September 20
Omni Charlottesville
Charlottesville, VA
September 24
The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa
Abingdon, VA


September 27
VBA Legislative Day
Williams Mullen offices
Richmond, VA 
October 12-13
Fairview Park Marriott
Falls Church, VA
October 25
LeClairRyan law office
Roanoke, VA
October 3
Issues, Opportunities, and Recent Developments: ADR and Elder Law Practice
Reed Smith law firm
Richmond, VA
October 16
Omni Richmond Hotel
Richmond, VA
October 26
Farmington Country Club
Charlottesville, VA
October 26-27
Boyd-Graves Conference
(invitation only)
November 2
Troutman Sanders Building
Richmond, VA
November 7
Omni Richmond Hotel
Richmond, VA
November 15-16
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa
Richmond, VA
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The VBA Voice
The publication and posting of the new fall issue of the VBA Journal is just around the corner. Meanwhile, conference planning has hit a fevered pitch for your autumn programming pleasure. Read on to stay current with what's new and coming up through our VBA.
Clear the coffee table; here comes VBA Journal

The second issue of the redesigned member magazine raises the bar -- to the bench. Content includes:


VBA Journal cover Fall 2012Meet the Chief Justice: We interview Hon. Cynthia D. Kinser in an exclusive Q&A with Virginia's first female chief justice. The print version is an excerpt; the full transcript appears online in a flip-page version.


Actual Innocence: Virginia has issued writs of actual innocence based on new evidence. But is it enough?


Understanding Fraudulent Transfers: Laws protect retirement assets -- and can sometimes defend creditor claims.



Summer Meeting photos (find many more on Facebook);

Writer's Block, and;

LPMD Chair Jim Guy provides five law practice management lessons he learned singing in bars


Look for your print issue in your home or office mailbox around the first week of September. The online version, at, should be posted any day now.

Fall conference season heats up
When the weather gets cool, the conference opportunities through the VBA warm up. Corporate counsels, administrative law specialists, tax practitioners, health care lawyers, capital defense attorneys -- we've got you covered. (See Upcoming events and Save the Date lists to the left.)
On top of that, Legislative Day is looming, we're bringing a CLE program to Southwest Virginia, avid readers can join in book discussions around the state, the Joint ADR Committee has three events planned, the Young Lawyers Division has organized a family-friendly retreat and section councils already are looking toward Annual Meeting programming. 
Stay engaged. Or get more engaged. We encourage you to bookmark the VBA Calendar and visit often for updates, including meeting details, hotel reservation information and agendas for a cornucopia of conferences. Remember: VBA members and members of sponsoring sections always get a discount on conference registration.
First up, Labor Relations & Employment Law
The busy fall VBA conference season begins Sept. 20 with a three-day conference on employment law, approved for 10 MCLE Credits (2 Ethics). The topics range from
absenteeism, to the EEOC; from what public employers need to know regarding the First Amendment, to the NLRB. From violence in the workplace to charting new directions in the emerging economy. Sign up by Sept. 3, and save $20 on your registration fee.
The 42nd Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law will convene at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. Overnight guests should register with the hotel by 
Thursday, Aug. 30, to receive the group room rate.
Advice in Abingdon 
Register now to attend the Sept. 24 CLE program in Abingdon on Ethics and Practice in the Courtoom: Advice from the Supreme Court, Federal Court and Ethics Master.
The Martha Washington InnThe program (2 MCLE Credits [1 Ethics], pending) runs from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception until 6:30 p.m. at The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa, 150 West Main Street. 
VBA members who bring non-VBA member guests qualify for a refund of their $25 registration fee.

Book discussions around the state
The Law Practice Management Division is setting up fall breakfast or luncheon sessions as part of the Integrated Life in the Law book series. Two of four dates around the state have been set: Richmond on Sept. 13 at the Christian & Barton law firm and Roanoke on Oct. 25 at LeClairRyan law firm. Please RSVP to the program near you.
Find suggestions on how to prepare for the discussion about Jonah Lehrer's book "Imagine" on the LPMD webpage, such as reading the Jan. 30 New Yorker magazine article by Lehrer, "Groupthink: the brainstorming myth" and listening to a podcast on "Creativity and the Everyday Brain."
 Too many great programs, not enough time? 
VBA Online CLE logoVBA Online CLE is there for you. The catalog expands after every CLE program that fellow members present. Choose from podcast or video recording at a low, introductory price and earn MCLE Credits when it's convenient for you. 
Et cetera

The Governance Committee of the VBA is accepting suggestions for the slate of nominees for seven Board of Governors positions it expects to fill at the annual business meeting in January. Make nominations to the committee chair, Lucia Anna "Pia" Trigiani.


The 2012 class of Leaders in the Law - 28 strong - includes 16 VBA members. The Virginia Lawyers Media awards program recognizes individuals for changing the law, serving the community, transforming their practice or improving Virginia's justice system.


John FinneranJohn D. EppsAt the 122nd Summer Meeting, John D. Epps (left) accepted the Roger D. Groot Pro Bono Publico Service Award for his commitment to pro bono and community service work. John G. Finneran Jr. (right), the general counsel and corporate secretary of Capital One Financial Corp., received the 2012 LexisNexis Award for outstanding service to the bar. Read more ...


Yvonne McGhee installed as NABE presidentVBA Executive Director Yvonne C. McGhee was installed this month as 2012-2013 president of the National Association of Bar Executives. An affiliate of the American Bar Association, NABE provides professional development and networking opportunities to decision-makers at bar associations and legal organizations across the United States. Read more ...




 CNN's Candy Crowley

Candy Crowley of CNN, the moderator at the VBA Summer Meeting debate between Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates, will be the first woman in 20 years to moderate a U.S. presidential debate. The town hall-style debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16, on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

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