The Virginia Bar Association                                                             Feb. 6, 2013
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In This Issue
Welcome, new members
Distinguished service
YLD honorees
Leadership slate
7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy 2013 


Feed the need 
Regional captains are needed to encourage law offices to take part in the Legal Food Frenzy.
This year's contest runs April 1-12.
If you would like to provide this community service, please contact co-Chair Chris Gill.
Law firms and legal offices across the state raise funds and food to help the hungry in their area. The contest is a collaborative effort of a Young Lawyers Division volunteer committee, the attorney general of Virginia and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.
Local captains contact firms, legal departments, law schools and courts that previously participated and get the word out to potential new competitors.

In six years, the equivalent of more than 8.5 million pounds of food has been raised. This year's goal is 1.5 million pounds. 


Nearly 100 firms registered by Jan. 31 to take part in this year's contest.

Consider a gift in 2013 
to The VBA Foundation 
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The good works of the VBA are augmented by your generosity.
Donations to The Virginia Bar Association Foundation support educational and charitable programs and projects of the VBA. Grants help finance Law School Council educational advancement, the Legal Food Frenzy Project, the National Moot Court Competition and the Ask A Lawyer project, among others.
Upcoming events
February 26
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa
Short Pump, VA
March 2
Jepson Alumni Center,
University of Richmond, VA
Save the date
May 10-11
16th Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference
Duck, NC
May 17-18
YLD Spring Executive Council Meeting
Duck, NC
July 18-21
123rd Summer Meeting
Hot Springs, VA

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123rd Annual Meeting wrap-up
Portrait unveiling

One highlight of the Annual Meeting banquet was the unveiling of theVBA-commissioned portrait of Justice Elizabeth A. McClanahan latest portrait of a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, a longstanding tradition of the VBA.


In January, the honor went to the Hon. Elizabeth A. McClanahan, who joined the Court in September 2011. 


The VBA commissioned Vicars Lynn McKinney of Raleigh, N.C., to depict the likeness of the state's 101st justice, a native of Buchanan County. Some justices hang the portrait in their office or at home; many have returned these portraits to the commonwealth and they hang in the Supreme Court of Virginia. 


Top honor recognizes exceptional service
Former Gov. Gerald L. Baliles presented the VBA Distinguished Service Award named after him to the latest recipient, G. Michael Pace Jr. The honor was bestowed during the 123rd Annual Meeting late last month in Williamsburg.

Distinguished Service Award winner G. Michael Pace Jr. (left) and Gov. Baliles The award, given just 12 times since 1988, is presented in recognition and appreciation of exceptional service and contributions to the bar and public at large. 


Pace served as managing partner of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore for 14 years and as president of the VBA in 2008. He founded the Rule of Law Project, now a model for civic education and the signature feature of the Center for Teaching the Rule of Law, over which he also presides.


"Mike's leadership and commitment to the Rule of Law started with a vision," Baliles said, "and his patience and perseverance, and his chipping away at the challenge, have created something for all of us to see, admire and support."


Young Lawyer Division honors three
YLD Chair Daniel E. Ortiz singled out three active members of the division for special honors at the VBA Annual Meeting.
Heather H. Lockerman received the Sandra P. Thompson Award for exceptional long-term service, particularly with law school councils and as liaison for law school councils across the state.
Virginia B. Flynn and Andrew Stockment, co-chairs of the YLD communications committee, received the Emerson G. Spies Award for their contributions as co-chairs of the division communications committee, including the creation of the newsletter Opening Statement.

How was your Annual Meeting experience?
We can improve only with your input. Registrants and presenters,  please take a few moments to fill out the evaluation form online. WhatVBA Annual Meeting 2013 Brochure Cover did you like most? What made the meeting worth the time and cost? What stayed with you after the ride home and became the water cooler chat the next week?
If you weren't able to join us in Williamsburg, we hope you'll view or listen to a special program of interest through  VBA Online CLE. Don't miss must-see CLE.
We're in the process of pursuing Virginia CLE approval for the programs we recorded. When some or all of those eight programs become available on the VBA Online CLE catalog, we'll let you know. VBA members always receive a discount on online CLE video or audio pricing.  

2013 leadership slate
At the Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting of the VBA inVote checkmark Williamsburg, attendees approved the proposed slate of officers and Board of Governors representatives.
Find the list on the VBA website ( > About Us > Board of Governors or in the January issue of The VBA Voice.
Orientation for new board representatives occurred at the Annual Meeting.
At the VBA Leadership Conference in Richmond on Feb. 26, section council chairs and other leaders will learn their duties and receive tips on having another successful year. 


Sarah Tozer with MercerTrigianiJeremy Moss of MercerTrigianiAWARDS: Two real estate attorneys with the MercerTrigiani law firm in Alexandria received recognition from the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Associations Institute. Jeremy R. Moss was given the Public Advocate Award for Virginia for serving as an outstanding advocate of legislative issues on behalf o the Community Associations Institute and the the Washington chapter. Sarah E. Tozer earned the 2012 Rising Star award for her work on the Quorum editorial committee and for contributions to the chapter's monthly magazine.


MAKING PARTNER: A Virginia Beach law firm has added a partner and incorporated his name into that of the firm. Mark Favaloro brings 30 years of trial experience to Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro, which focuses on serving injured plaintiffs.


MORE PARTNERS: The Richmond law firm of Christian & Barton, L.L.P. recently elected three partners. They are Christopher M. Gill, Belinda D. Jones and David B. Lacy. Gill, LEED AP, focuses his practice on commercial real estate, finance and environmental matters. Jones is a commercial litigation attorney who represents clients in contractual disputes and other issues. Lace is a litigation attorney who assists media clients on prepublication, access and defamation matters.


IN MEMORIAM: The VBA extends its sympathy to the family and friends of former Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, who died Jan. 27 at age 96. The Supreme Court of Virginia issued this release (PDF) about his long service to the commonwealth.


JOINT ADR COMMITTEE PROGRAM: "Powerful Non-Defensive Communication," a presentation by Sharon Strand Ellison, is set for Saturday, March 2, at the University of Richmond. Because the committee is co-sponsoring this daylong event with the Virginia Mediation Network, Joint ADR Committee members receive the discounted VMN registration rate. Details:  

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