The Virginia Bar Association                                                           September 3, 2013
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In This Issue
Leaders in the Law
Not Yet a Patron?
Coming to Southwest VA
Awards of Achievement
Your Fall VBA Journal
Welcome, New Members
Upcoming events
Sept. 16

Sept. 19

Sept. 26
VBA Legislative Day

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

Oct. 15
University of Richmond

Oct. 24-26 


2013 Leaders in the Law
The VBA traditionally attracts into its membership the legal professionals devoted to improving the law, their communities and the justice system in Virginia.

Once again  this year, the organizers of the Leaders in the Law list recognized these scions of society. And 18 of the 30 individuals named by Virginia Lawyers Media to the class of 2013 are VBA members.

Congratulations to:
Heidi W. Abbott 
Matthew W. Broughton 
Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap 
S. Miles Dumville 
Jill A. Hanken 
Patrick W. Herman 
James Hingeley 
Thomas C. Kleine 
George K. Martin 
John B. McCammon  
John D. McGavin 
James V. Meath 
Jay B. Myerson 
U.S. Magistrate Judge
    David E. Novak 
Paula L. Peaden 
Mark E. Rubin 
Thomas R. Scott Jr. 
John R. Walk


Not yet a patron?
Don't miss your opportunity to join in the valuable work of The VBA Foundation in 2013. In fact, donate (or contribute more) to this non-profit 501(c)(3) affiliated by Thanksgiving and secure your place of recognition in the next VBA Journal.

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The VBA Voice

We hope you had a fabulous summer and enjoyed the long holiday weekend.

The end of summer catapults the VBA into its busy fall season, full of opportunities to learn, to share and, of course, to get involved with the organization.

Wear Orange on Thursday, Sept. 5
2014 Legal Food Frenzy logoEach April for seven years, the VBA has taken a lead role in promoting hunger awareness and assistance through the statewide Legal Food Frenzy. 

In September, which is Hunger Awareness Month, you have an opportunity to earn bonus points for the 2014 Frenzy competition. But you must act fast. 

Sept. 5 -- that's Thursday -- is Go Orange Day.Go Orange logo Encourage everyone in your office to wear orange to work. Snap a pic, share it, get the word out about hunger in Virginia. And gain a competitive edge in the 2014 Legal Food Frenzy.

Is Abingdon in your neck of the woods?
Chief Justice Kinser and Justice McClanahan
Back by popular demand, the VBA will present its second annual fall live CLE seminar in Southwest Virginia. The Abingdon event will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at The Martha Washington Hotel & Spa. A cocktail reception will follow.James M. McCauley

For this return engagement, we have again arranged for the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia to address attendees. In addition to Cynthia D. Kinser, the agenda will feature James M. McCauley, the legal ethics counsel of the Virginia State Bar.


VBA YLD gains ABA notice for many achievements
With 40 projects and activities going at any one time, our Young Lawyers Division stays busy. So it's nice when the American Bar Association YLD (and our president) recognize not only the overall breadth of these activities, but also their value. The Awards of Achievement not only honor important projects, but provide ideas to other bar groups of programs that can make a difference in a state or community.

Covered: Virginia Barristers Alliance
VBA Journal cover Fall 2013 The latest issue of the VBA Journal features a cover story on how the Association came to have an insurance subsidiary. You might be surprised to know that in more than 10 years of existence, Virginia Barristers Alliance has helped innumerable lawyers with their group and individual insurance needs and has contributed to the VBA's bottom line.  

The Fall 2013 issue also contains articles that explain changes in the advertising rules regarding solicitation of clients, points out five elements of importance in noncompete contracts, shares photos from the summer meeting and includes a Q&A with John Dean, President Nixon's one-time White House counsel. Check out the online extras! 


ON THE LHL BOARD: VBA members W. Lawton Tufts and Priscilla R. Woody join Susan C. Busch as new appointees to the Virginia Lawyers Helping Lawyers board of directors.Tufts is assistant public defender for the city of Charlottesville and Woody is an attorney with McEachin & Gee in Richmond. Additionally, the board re-elected Barbara Ann Williams as president.
NEW PARTNER: Owen & Owens PLC in Midlothian has Kimberly Skiba photo added VBA member Kimberly A. Skiba as  partner, reported. She joined the firm as an associate in 2008 and focuses her practice on domestic relations and estate planning and administration.  

AT THE MRWBA: The 2013-14 board of directors at the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association includes VBA members Lori Taylor of Marks & Harrison, Afsana Chowdhury of Curwood Law Firm, Irene Delcamp of Barnes & Diehl and Jeanne Floyd of Troutman Sanders. Kimberly Skiba of Owen & Owens is vice president, according to

APPOINTED TO THE BENCH: Gov. Bob McDonnell in August named the Honorable Steven C. Frucci to fill a vacant circuit court judgeship in the Second Judicial Circuit. Judge Frucci had been serving in Virginia Beach General District Court since his election in 2009. His continued service on the circuit court after February will require General Assembly action.

Virginia Diamond photo GENERAL COUNSEL TO VIRGINIA AFL-CIO: VBA member Virginia "Ginny" Diamond, who serves as special counsel to Ashcraft & Gerel LLP in Alexandria, has been appointed general counsel to the Virginia AFL-CIO. She joined the firm in 2012 after serving three terms as the labor representative on the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.

PRACTICE EXPANSION: Hirschler Fleischer has expJames W. Van Horn Jr. photoanded its investment management and private funds practice with the addition of partner James W. Van Horn Jr. Before joining the Richmond office of the firm, Van Horn worked at Carrell Blanton and Hunton & Williams.

BOARD APPOINTMENT: DeRonda Miniard Short, a VBA member from Newport News, was named to The College of William & Mary board of visitors.

Tom Greeson photo ADVOCACY ROLE: Reed Smith LLP partner and VBA member Tom Greeson, is president of the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia. The Council, known as DemBiz, is a Northern Virginia based advocacy group for local business professionals. Greeson formerly was president of the Dulles Area Democrats (2011-2012) and is a longtime member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. 


JOINED SPOTTS FAIN: Robert M. Tyler, formerly with McGuireWoods, joined the litigation section of Spotts Fain in Richmond, according to


NATIONAL BAR SECTION CHAIR: Tillman J. Breckenridge, counsel at Reed Smith LLP, has been named chairman of the Appellate Law Section of the National Bar Association. He also was elected to the group's board of governors. He is a member of Reed Smith's Appellate Group and leads the appellate practice for the Washington, D.C., and Virginia offices.


MADE PARTNER: Among the lawyers making partner at Hunton & Williams recently are VBA members Kevin M. Georgerian and Eric J. Nedell, Also, Amos W. Barclay was promoted to counsel.

Welcome, new members
During August, 19 individuals joined or reactivated their membership with the VBA. Thanks for getting (re)acquainted!

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