The Virginia Bar Association                                                            April 2, 2013
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In This Issue
ABA features VBA YLD project
Give to The VBA Foundation
Try it! VBA Online CLE
CLE luncheon
VSB midyear meeting in Paris
Welcome, new members




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 April 1-12
Friendly, statewide competition to help Virginians facing hunger
May 8
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May 17-18
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July 18-21
123rd Summer Meeting
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ABA Young Lawyers shine light on VBA YLD project 
The successful Mentor Program/Capitol project of the VBA Young Lawyers Division is the featured public service program this month in an ABA YLD email. The Public Service Committee of the ABA YLD started bi-monthly broadcast emails this year to spotlight great projects that other affiliates can borrow from or use.
The Mentor Program pairs willing YLD members and University of Richmond law students with third-graders at Woodville Elementary School in Richmond. The project has assisted students for seven years. Recent YLD-led initiatives include a supply drive and a "book tasting."
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 The VBA Voice
  Many eyes will be watching what the General Assembly does
  in the veto session on Wednesday.
  The VBA is encouraged that Gov. McDonnell proposed
  additional funding to fill 12 extra judicial vacancies to the
  20 included in the budget lawmakers approved in
  February near the end of the session.
  "The VBA strong supports filling as many judicial vacancies as
  possible," VBA President Tom Bagby said. "The VBA is
  hopeful that the General Assembly and the governor will
  continue to work together to do all they can to ensure an
  appropriate level of funding for judges in the Commonwealth."
  But the VBA is about much more than important legislative
  advocacy. Read on...      
Food centerpiece from Legal Food Frenzy kickoff event
Hungry? Many Virginians are

That's one reason why legal professionals across the commonwealth participate in the Legal Food Frenzy. Another, of course, has to do with lawyers' interest in bettering their communities.


The 7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy started April 1 and runs through April 12. In slightly less than two weeks, the organizers expect this friendly contest to result in the collection of 1.5 million pounds worth of food. Imagine: 1.25 million meals provided through your generosity and that of your colleagues, staffs and clients.


7th Annual Legal Food Frenzy 2013If successful in reaching that goal, the legal community will have worked together to bring the collective total in seven annual contests to 10 million pounds of food. That's 8.3 million meals.


So now that the contest is under way -- or is it "under weigh"? -- tell us how your office gets involved. Make the competition jealous of your innovation.


The friendly competition pits similar sized firms, legal departments and law schools against one other to see which one can bring in the most bacon. Get in the running for the top award of the Attorney General's Cup, and prepare for your invitation to the awards ceremony this summer at the Executive Mansion.


The Legal Food Frenzy is a collaborative effort involving the Office of the Attorney General, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Check out the Facebook photo albums, and share your 2013 pictures for posting.


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Co-hosted by the VBA YLD Town Hall Meeting/Capitol  
Restoration of Rights in Virginia: A Journey
The VBA Young Lawyers Division's Town Hall Meeting/Capitol committee is co-sponsoring a free panel discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 9 in downtown Richmond. The program on the issue of rights restoration for ex-offenders is being presented in conjunction with the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service and the University of Richmond School of Law. 
Panelists will include representatives from the governor's office, the General Assembly, and the ex-offender/advocacy community. John Douglass, former University of Richmond Law School dean, will moderate.
Advance registration is required as space is limited at UR Downtown, 626 E. Broad St. Lunch will be provided. 1.5 CLE Credits approved.  


 VSB and Paris in the autumn

Eiffel TowerOur friends at the Virginia State Bar will hold the 40th Annual MidYear Legal Seminar in Paris at The Westin Paris-Vend˘me from Nov. 5 to 12. Participants are asked to sign up before April 15. 






MEMBER PUBLICATIONS: Editors of the VBA Journal magazine and the YLD newsletter Opening Statement are finishing up the details on the next issue. Watch, and, as well as your inbox and your postal mailbox, for publications filled with articles you will want to read. 


INFLUENTIAL WOMEN: Eleven VBA members join the notable contributors in all career fields listed in Virginia Lawyers Media's 2013 Influential Women of Virginia.


AMONG 35 UNDER 35: Members Vidal J. Torres Jr. and Elizabeth Ebanks are among the 21 men and 14 women named to the University of Richmond's list are students or graduates of the college's MBA program. Torres is associate general counsel with Genworth Financial Inc. and Ebanks is a partner on LeClairRyan's labor and employment team.


RULE OF LAW STUDENTS DAY AT THE CAPITOL: More than 300 middle and high school students and their teachers learned about the rule of law March 28. Instructors for the event were lawyers, judges and law enforcement offices who volunteered. Among the co-sponsors was the Virginia Law Foundation & The Virginia Bar Association Rule of Law Project 


POSTHUMOUS AWARDS: The late Murray J. Janus and Roderick B. Mathews, both of whom had been VBA members, will be honored at the Rule of Law Award reception and ceremony May 8 at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. The event is sponsored by the Nuremberg Courtroom Committee of the museum and the Virginia Law Foundation.


NEW FIRM: Two environmental attorneys who are VBA members have moved from Troutman Sanders in Richmond to Williams Mullen. John Daniel and Lynne Rhode joined the firm as partners. Daniel previously served Virginia as assistant attorney general, deputy secretary of Commerce and Resources, and secretary of Natural Resources. Rhode serves on the VBA Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section Council.


THANKS FOR ASSISTING: Organizers of the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Hotline event March 21 thank all the attorney volunteers who provided pro bono legal services to clients of Legal Services of Northern Virginia. "The event was a smashing success!" Laura Golden Liff reported in a VBA Facebook post. 


IN THE NEWS: In addition to being a partner at Williams Mullen in Richmond, Gray Broughton is a franchise owner of Jimmy John's sub shops. The opening of a third shop in metro Richmond captured the interest of Richmond BizSense.  


NEW WEBSITE: Members of the VBA Commission on the Needs of Children are finalizing content for a special education resource website. The site is aimed at attorneys, pediatricians and mental health providers who serve young clients and patients with disabilities. Organizers believe the resources will help professionals share information that may be valuable to educators determining whether a child is eligible for special education or creating Individualized Education Programs to guide the delivery of educational services.


ELSEWHERE: VBA member Lee A. Handford, who is part of the legal team at Inman & Strickler P.L.C. in Virginia Beach, was re-elected to the board of directors of The Roundtable of Business Leaders in Virginia Beach.

Welcome, new members
During March, three individuals joined or reactivated their membership with the VBA 
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