The Virginia Bar Association                                                                 Jan. 7, 2013
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Advocacy, Professionalism,

Service, Collegiality

In This Issue
Annual Meeting
Know your representatives
Legislative advocacy

Winter 2012-2013 Opening Statement cover 
YLD newsletter, No. 2
Opening Statement, the newsletter of the VBA Young Lawyers Division, greeted the new year with the second issue.
This publication for younger lawyers is open to submissions from both younger and seasoned attorneys.
For a glimpse at this or the premiere issue, which made its debut with an email to all VBA members, visit:
Upcoming events
January 24-26, 2013
Williamsburg, VA
February 26, 2013
VBA Leadership Conference 
Greater Richmond, VA
May 10-11, 2013
Duck, NC
May 17-18, 2013
Duck, NC
Please note these updates to the Save the Date feature in the VBA Journal:
  • Spring VBA Board of Governors will meet in Roanoke on April 12-13,
  • VBA Legislative Day will be in Richmond on Sept. 26, and
  • Corporate Counsel Fall Forum will be in Richmond on Oct. 16.
We apologize for any inconvenience. 

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Welcome, new members
During December, five individuals joined or reactivated their membership with the VBA. 
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A new year. A time for resolutions. A commitment to improvement. Hopes for bigger success, greater knowledge, more professional relationships, additional opportunities, better outcomes.
We think The Virginia Bar Association provides a fantastic foundation to help members advance their goals for 2013 and beyond.  
The march to Williamsburg continues 
The 123rd Annual Meeting of the VBA will be held Jan. 24-26 at the
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VBA Sections presenting programs:Administrative Law; Business; Civil Litigation; Construction and Public Contracts; Corporate Counsel; Domestic Relations; Elder; Environment, Natural Resources and Energy; Health; IPIT; Labor Relations; Real Estate; and Wills Trusts & Estates
Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center.
Many people have booked rooms in Colonial Williamsburg. Please make sure you also register for the meeting. Some discounts apply when registering by Jan. 14.
Fellow members in 13 of the VBA's 19 substantive sections have organized CLE programs for your benefit. In addition, the Young Lawyers Division and the Law Practice Management Division will present educational sessions. And affiliated groups also are taking part in lending their expertise to programming: the Committee on Special Issues of National & State Importance, the Veterans Issues Task Force, the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and Lawyers Helping Lawyers. See the particulars in the VBA Annual Meeting brochure
Register online (login required) via the conference webpage,, or print this form and mail or fax it to the VBA office.

Proposed 2013 leadership slate 
At the Annual Meeting, VBA members who attend the Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting on Jan. 26 will elect new representatives for the organization. A list of the proposed slate of officers and Board of Governors members appeared in last month's The VBA Voice.
To help you put a face to the names and to learn a little bit more about the recommended nominees, we've put together a brochure of the 2013 Proposed Leadership Slate with short biographies on each nominee. 

Just in time before the legislative session!
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The latest VBA Journal features a cover story on the Association's legislative advocacy and the efforts that have led to the 2013 legislative agenda. The 45-day General Assembly session begins at noon Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Print copies of the journal were mailed just before Christmas. The digital version may be viewed at The cover article appears on pages 12 and 13.
You can stay on top of bills of interest to VBA members through the Legislation page on the VBA website and via news updates on the VBA homepage, at


WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT: VBA member Stephanie E. Grana of Cantor Stoneburner Ford Grana & Buckner, P.C., in Richmond is the 2012 recipient of the Women of Achievement Award from the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association. The honor recognizes an outstanding MRWBA member who not only excels in the legal arena but understands the importance of public service, mentorship and civic responsibility to the satisfaction and advancement of women in the legal profession.


LEGAL FOOD FRENZY: Register by Jan. 31 to compete in the April 1-12 contest and earn bonus points for your organization. Sign up at Additionally, the YLD co-chairs of this project are looking for volunteers across the state to serve as area captains. Area captains contact local law offices and encourage them to compete in the contest to help feed the hungry in their locales. Contact Chris Gill to volunteer.

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