The Virginia Bar Association                                                            August 5, 2013
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Advocacy, Professionalism,

Service, Collegiality

In This Issue
Meet the New Life Members
Candidates debate
Awards for Great Leadership
Who won the tournaments?
Newest Member Benefit
Welcome, New Members


2013 VBA Life Members
Forty years of continuous membership with the VBA. At least 70 years wise. These are attributes of our Life Members. The 2013 class boasts 26 members we salute. They are:
Benjamin C. Ackerly 
James F. Andrews 
Peter A. Arntson 
J. Rudy Austin 
William W. Bennett Jr. 
The Honorable William G.   
James E. Brydges Jr. 
Robert C. Goodman Jr. 
I. Lionel Hancock III 
Charles A. Hartz Jr. 
Glenn M. Hodge 
Thomas G. Johnson Jr. 
Howard W. Martin Jr. 
Henry M. Massie Jr. 
Lawrence J. Pascal 
Donald N. Patten 
Allan R. Plumley 
Robert H. Powell III 
C. Edward Russell Jr. 
Henry M. Sackett III 
Phillip C. Stone Sr. 
William J. Strickland 
Hill B. Wellford Jr. 
John W. Wescoat 
Fielding L. Williams Jr. 
Mark C. Willis

Upcoming events
Sept. 26
VBA Legislative Day
Richmond, VA 

Save the date 

Oct. 4-5
VBA YLD Fall Executive Council Meeting 
The Carter Hall Conference Center,
Millwood, VA

Oct. 15
University of Richmond, VA

Oct. 16

Oct. 24-26 
Virginia Beach

Oct. 25-26 
Boyd-Graves Conference 
(invitation only)

Nov. 21-22  
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CLE-approved! On-demand!
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.

Once the recordings of 2013 Summer Meeting programs receive CLE approval, we will be adding them to our catalog. 


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


The VBA Voice

Welcome to our Summer Meeting wrap-up issue of The VBA Voice. On top of great programming, the annual warm-weather gathering in the Allegheny Mountains provided ample opportunities to socialize and network, to have fun in guest and children's activities, to compete in tournaments and to witness the season's first debate.
Debate draws in-person, Internet, recorded audience
The VBA, sponsor firms and "PBS NewsHour" live streamed the July 20 debate of gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli with moderator Judy Woodruff. Financial assistance from LeClairRyan, MercerTrigiani, Sensei Enterprises Inc. and Spotts Fain PC made the live streaming possible.

Watch a recording of The Virginia Bar Association/PBS NewsHour Internet feed of the debate via the "PBS NewsHour" UStream channel. It has received more than 100 Facebook "Likes," and been viewed more than 12,200 times. During the Saturday morning debate, visitors to the live stream far exceeded average viewership of "PBS NewsHour." This debate marks the second time the VBA live streamed the event.

Media coverage and public Tweets under the #VBADebate hashtag rose to No. 2 in U.S. Trending Topics the day of the event and also zoomed into the top 20 globally. In addition to statewide and national media coverage of the VBA debate, WCVE Public Radio broadcast a recording of the 90-minute program on July 21 on "WCVE Forum."

On Thursday, July 18, before the VBA Summer Meeting began, VBA President Tom Bagby appeared on the "Morning Show" in Charlottesville to discuss the debate, which was open to meeting registrants, their guests, hotel guests and the general public. One such guest was new VBA member Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate for governor. His campaign had not met VBA policy thresholds to include him in the debate.

VBA awards recognize exceptional leadership
David Craig Landin, Walker Award of Merit recipient 2013
At the Summer Meeting banquet, 1999 VBA President David Craig Landin accepted the Walker Award of Merit, which recognizes and appreciates exceptional leadership within the bar. Landin's service to the organization includes his contributions as an officer and his longtime leadership of the VBA Committee on Special Issues of National & State Importance.

W. David Harless, special resolution recipient for VSB leadership
W. David Harless, immediate past president of the Virginia State Bar, received a special resolution (PDF) of appreciation for his exemplary leadership of the Virginia State Bar. The resolution, approved by the VBA Board of Governors, applauds Harless' lasting contributions in fostering mutual respect and communication among bar associations. Harless has been a VBA member since 1983. Read the news release...      

Congratulations, tournament winners
VBA trophies honor some of the best golfers and tennis players at the Summer Meeting.

Champions in the golf tournament were David Saunders and William Saunders, first- and second-place respectively in low net 18 holes. Low gross 18 holes winners were Henry Willett and Gary Allen.

In tennis, prizes went to the top two finishers in mixed doubles as well as men's and ladies' doubles. First-place winners were Simon Davidson and Tina Sherod (mixed); Simon Davidson and Ian Williams (men's) and Katie Willet and Jennifer Smith (ladies'). Second-place finishers were Amy Cullen and Chuck McPhillips; Bill Van Buren and Bernie Niemeier; and Jean Tucker and Katie Van Buren.  

Adding value to your membership
Let us introduce you to the newest VBA member benefit.
Clio logo Clio is a practice management solution that makes it easier for lawyers to manage the business-critical aspects of their law practice, including:
  • Accurate and comprehensive time tracking
  • Intuitive case, document and schedule management
  • Fast client intake and professional invoicing
  • Firm productivity and business performance reports
  • Mobile and tablet access
Members of The Virginia Bar Association are eligible to receive a 10 percent lifetime discount on Clio. Or register for a free, 30-day demo and experience how Clio can help you operate your practice more effectively. 

Clio is the second new member benefit in as manyRuby Receptionists logo months. In July, we welcomed 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 either or both today!


NEW RULE IN SUPREME COURT: Starting Sept. 9, 2013, counsel in cases being argued before the Supreme Court of Virginia may use laptops, tablets or other personal computers during the presentation of oral argument. Written requests and permission will be required. Read more...

George Keith MartinU.VA. RECTOR: George Keith Martin, the managing partner of the McGuireWoods LLP office in Richmond, became rector of his undergraduate alma mater on July 1. He succeeded Helen E. Dragas as the leader of the university's Board of Visitors, its governing body. Martin, a VBA member since 1992 who serves on the Law Practice Management Division Council, was appointed to the Board of Visitors by Gov. Bob McDonnell in July 2011. (Photo from McGuireWoods website.)

COMMUNITY LEARNING: On Aug. 14, Justin M. Laughter, an entertainment attorney at Gavin Law Offices, PLC, who specializes in music law, will teach the basics of song and sound recording ownership and licensing. His lunchtime presentation in Richmond is co-sponsored by the VBA-YLD Lawyers for the Arts Committee, which supports C3 ED: Left Brain Advice for Right Brain Professionals. Laughter is co-chair of the YLD committee.

FREE SEMINAR: Preparing for Violence in the Workplace: A Seminar for Lawyers and Other Professionals is a complimentary Web seminar organized by the Arizona State Bar and open to bars across the nation.  The 75-minute program will be offered Aug. 20 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. EDT. Registration is required.

ASIAN-AMERICAN JUDGE: John M. Tran became the first full-time Vietnamese-American judge in Virginia and the first Asian-American judge in a Virginia circuit court, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported. Tran, formerly with DiMuroGinsberg in Alexandria, is a Fairfax Circuit Court judge.

NEW PRINCIPAL AT FIRM: A former assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Virginia is a new principal at Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke. Thomas Cullen will represent organizations and individuals in investigations and enforcement proceedings conducted by federal and state agencies, Virginia Business reported.          

Welcome, new members
During July, 21 individuals joined or reactivated their membership with the VBA. Thanks for getting (re)acquainted!

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