The Virginia Bar Association                                                               July 1, 2013
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Thank you, patrons!
New on VBA Online CLE
What Happens at the VSB...
JDPlus Project
Have Insurance Needs?
New Member Benefit
Welcome, New Members


Thank you, patrons!
We can never say it enough. Thank you, patrons of The Virginia Bar Association Foundation, for your generous contributions. Because of you, the good works of the VBA receive support and financial assistance.

Not yet a patron? Add your support of VBA educational and charitable programs, such as Law School Councils and the Legal Food Frenzy Project, today.        

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Oct. 4-5
VBA YLD Fall Executive Council Meeting
Millwood, VA 

Oct. 16

Oct. 24-26 
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Oct. 25-26 
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Interested in bankruptcy law? Check out three presentations taped this spring at the VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference. One is on "Prickly Issues in Individual Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Cases," a second addresses bankruptcy ethics and the third is "Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law."

Perhaps Health Law is more up your alley. Listen to a panel discussion of legislative issues from after the 2013 General Assembly session adjourned. Or earn 2 MCLE Credits in ethics with a podcast or video presentation of a "Discussion of Ethics Issues by Panel of Legal Titans."

For 1 CLE credit and 1 Ethics credit, enjoy "Am I My Brother's (Sister's) Keeper?" This program, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, was presented at the YLD Spring Executive Council Meeting this year.

If you need a few CLE credits or want to catch up on a VBA program you missed, check out VBA Online CLE. Watch a video or listen to the audio of some of the best programming for Virginia attorneys, organized by your peers in the VBA.


As a valued member of the VBA, you receive a discount. Non-members also can enjoy these quality presentations.  


The VBA Voice

The VBA often finds reasons to celebrate. Today, though, we want to take a moment to mark a special event.
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July 5, 1888, marks the date that 128 Virginia lawyers founded the association. For the next year, you may see this anniversary logo that marks 125 years of member dedication and commitment to improving laws and access to justice. Happy anniversary. 


At the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting...
Pia Trigiani honored by VSB President David Harless
During his term as VSB president, W. David Harless recognized the support of the VBA and its leadership to the Virginia State Bar. He made a special presentation to the 2011 president, Lucia Anna "Pia" Trigiani of MercerTrigiani, at the VSB meeting in June. Harless and Trigiani are longtime VBA members.

The state bar also inducted as its 2013-2014 president  and  president-
elect two other individuals familiar to the VBA -- Fairfax lawyer Sharon Nelson and Virginia Beach attorney Kevin E. Martingayle.

For the second consecutive year, the VBA's presence in a booth in the exhibit hall drew a crowd.
VSB booth

JDPlus initiative gets a webpage
JDPlus, this year's flagship project of the Law Practice Management Division, hopes to contribute toward bridging the growing gap between the costly training that law schools provide and the needs of legal graduates, employers and consumers of legal services. A new project webpage, with content developed by the JDPlus Task Force, aims to inform and involve VBA members.    

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And, because the VBA created Virginia Barristers Alliance, our members benefit from group rates and negotiated discounts with highly rated providers. Additionally, when you do business with the insurer, Barristers Alliance provides non-dues revenue that supports the VBA.

It's a win-win arrangement. Call (800) 358-7987.


Adding value to your membership
Ruby Receptionists logo Let us introduce you to the newest VBA member benefit: Ruby Receptionist. VBA members can try out this virtual receptionist service in a 14-day free trial. Sign on, and receive a 5 percent discount. And the set-up fee is waived. Try it today!



NEW FIRM: Jonathan Lucier has joined the litigation practice at Williams Mullen in Richmond as an associate. He formerly was at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C.

MOVING: Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank PLC in the Manchester district of downtown Richmond signed a lease to move across the James River into the former These Four Walls space on East Cary Street. The move is expected to occur by the end of September, according to

AWARD RECIPIENTS: Vanessa T. Valldejuli, who serves on the VBA Real Estate Section Council, and fall new admittee Bonnie N. Brown received a 2013 Special Projects Award from the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia Inc. Valldejuli, senior deputy city attorney, and Brown, an assistant city attorney, both in Hampton, were recognized for the work preparing an LGA white paper in support of summary judgment reform legislation. Valldejuli has 22 years of experience working in local government. When the white paper was prepared, Brown was a temporary employee in the Hampton City Attorney's office, in a program sponsored by the William & Mary Law School.

AT HUNTON & WILLIAMS: VBA member Laura Colombell Marshall joined the Richmond office as a partner. She was a senior member of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for 14 years.

NEW TEAM: VBA member Kenneth J. Kalafus is now an associate at LeClairRyan in Alexandria. He is part of the firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Area team.

NOW AT BEAN, KINNEY & KORMAN, P.C.: Jennifer A. Harper, who focuses her practice in employment law, has joined the Arlington firm as a shareholder. Previously, she served as associate director of the County Executives of America, representing more than 700 local governments before Congress and the White House.     

Welcome, new members
During June, 14 individuals joined or reactivated their membership with the VBA. Thanks for getting (re)acquainted!

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