The Virginia Bar Association                                                                  April 9, 2014
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Welcome, New Members
More New CLE Titles
Pro Bono Summit Reception
Mark Your Calendar
Membership by Type
Member News

 Attention Tidewater: 

Happy Hour Thursday, April 10
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Todd Jurich's Bistro, Norfolk
Introduce a friend to the benefits of the VBA, its award-winning Young Lawyers Division and successful projects such as the Legal Food Frenzy. RSVP to Britton Williston at
Richmond LFF, YLD happy hour 2014
On April 3, a similar happy hour held in Richmond attracted quite a crowd to Pearl Raw Bar and Vintage Cocktail Lounge on West Main Street.
Richmond YLD-Legal Food Frenzy happy hour 2014


Welcome, new and reactivating members!

During March, 11 individuals joined or reactivated their membership with the VBA. Thanks for getting (re)acquainted!

If you ever have a question about membership, please contact Katie Heflin, our membership coordinator.   

VBA Online CLE logo

Not only do we have videos from the banquet at the Annual Meeting, we also have newly posted CLE video and audio recordings from presentations in Williamsburg:

Each of these videos/podcasts will provide 1.5 MCLE Credits to individuals who did not attend these presentations in person.


Find them in the VBA Online CLE catalog by title or within legal specialty categories, such as Health Law or Civil Litigation.


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. Tell your friends!    
Upcoming events
April 10
Legal Food Frenzy/YLD membership happy hour
Norfolk, VA

May 9-10   
Duck, NC
Book rooms by April 9

May 16-17 
Duck, NC
Book rooms by April 16

May 22 
Virginia Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza,
General Assembly Building, Richmond, VA 

July 24-27 
The Greenbrier,
White Sulphur Springs, WV
The VBA Voice

Third Pro Bono Summit? Vote checkmark
Socials to build YLD membership in Richmond and Tidewater? Vote checkmark
A sold-out symposium organized by a Law School Council? Vote checkmark
Summer Meeting save the date reminder? Vote checkmark

So check it all out!  

Professionalism and Ethics Spring Symposium
Registration table at UR Law School Council event
More photos on the VBA Facebook page

The University of Richmond Law School Council of the VBA Young Lawyers Division planned a well-attended CLE program March 28 to bring together law students and lawyers for an educational ethics seminar and an opportunity to network.  


About 110 people took part, filling the Robert R. Merhige Jr. Moot Courtroom for presentations by John B. McCammon of The McCammon Group, Thomas E. Spahn of McGuireWoods and Leslie Haley of Haley Law. They addressed the impact of technology and social media, ethical considerations in negotiation and mediation and recent decisions shaping legal ethics.  


The VBA Young Lawyers Division sponsored the CLE symposium. 


Chief Justice's Pro Bono Summit
Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn and Steve
Images from the reception after the Chief Justice's Pro Bono Summit, held April 2, appear on the VBA Facebook page. The reception took place in the Virginia State Capitol Rotunda. Here, Steve Otero of Capital One focuses on the words of Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn. During the summit, Justice Goodwyn reported on the Access to Justice Commission that he co-chairs. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on the event the following morning in an article with the headline "Virginia's legal community faces large demand for pro bono services."

Save the date for the 124th Summer Meeting
The Greenbrier, site of the 2014 VBA Summer Meeting Mark your calendar today to attend the VBA Summer Meeting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Find details at

The event starts July 24 and runs through July 27.

Room reservations may be made now and will be accepted through June 8. Use this form to book your rooms through the resort.

In case you missed the Annual Meeting banquet
2014 VBA Distinguished Service Awards ceremony
2014 VBA Distinguished Service Awards ceremony
Videos from from the 124th VBA Annual Meeting banquet have been posted to the VBA YouTube channel and are linked here.

Unveiling of portrait of Justice Cleo E. Powell
Unveiling of portrait of
Justice Cleo E. Powell
Above, the eloquent introduction by Gov. Gerald Baliles of this year's Distinguished Service Awards was followed by the recipients' own comments. Watch Govs. L. Douglas Wilder and A. Linwood Holton Jr. recount their lives in public service. Runtime: 22 minutes.

At left, the unveiling of the VBA-com-missioned portrait of Justice Cleo E. Powell by then-President
Tributes to 2013 VBA President Thomas R. Bagby
Tributes to 2013 VBA President Thomas R. Bagby
Thomas R. Bagby and the portrait artist, Vicars Lynn McKinney. Justice Powell delivered remarks with her family on-stage. Runtime: 4:17.

The vibrancy and effectiveness of the VBA's 2013 President, Tom Bagby, is heralded in toasts by 2014 President John L. Walker III and by Vinceretta Taylor Chiles, the president of the Old Dominion Bar Association. The VBA Annual Meeting in January was held in collaboration with the ODBA. Runtime: 6:21.

An Association of varied levels of experience   


Did you know that nearly 45 percent of VBA members have been licensed for more than six years? Or that 17.5 percent of all members qualify for the Young Lawyers Division? Take a look at year-end membership figures and the various types of individuals committed to advancing the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service.


Have you renewed your membership for 2014? If you have not yet renewed, please go to the Members Only Section (log-in at and pay your 2014 VBA Membership Dues Invoice located under the accounting information.   

Member types as of 12312013  

VBA member news

GOT NEWS? Send your announcements about VBA members to Communications Coordinator Marilyn Shaw.

Former Virginia Gov. Gerald Baliles, CEO of Miller Center STEPPING DOWN: Former Gov. Gerald Baliles announced that at the end of the year he will leave the CEO position at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Read The Daily Progress article. He has led the public policy research institute since 2006.

NEW JOB: A 2013 graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law, Eric J. Wallace, has joined the GreeneHurlocker law firm in Richmond as an associate in energy law and litigation.

IN THE NEWS: The 8th Annual Legal Food Frenzy continues until Friday, April 11. Virginia Lawyers Weekly wrote about the campaign

MOVING: The upcoming move of the Virginia State Bar office means it will be closed on Friday, April 11, Virginia Lawyers Weekly reported. Starting April 14, the office will be found at 1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, in downtown Richmond. Staff phone numbers and email addresses will not change.
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