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  The independent voice of Virginia lawyers              June 3, 2016.
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The summer season is finally upon us. The VBA, as you know, never takes a break. Read on about next week's open social and action you can take now for VBA involvement down the road. Remember: The 126th Summer Meeting is just seven weeks away!     
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Want to increase your involvement?

Each year the Governance Committee of the VBA Board of Governors seeks out interested members to serve on the board. Its recommendations are forwarded to the board and the approved slate eventually is voted on by the membership at the Annual Meeting. Write-in nominations also are accepted. In January 2017, you will be voting on two at-large representatives and one each from the Tidewater and Blue Ridge regions. The board also will appoint legislative, law school and judicial representatives.

You can self-nominate or recommend someone. Read how ... 
2015 Administrative Law Social
Upcoming event

The VBA Administrative Law Section invites all sections to come out for its Eighth Annual Spring Social on June 7 at Sine Irish Pub and Restaurant in Richmond. Details and RSVP link online. Bring a colleague, summer intern or attorney friend who may be interested in joining the VBA or a member who wants to get more involved with the association. Show them that it's great to be a VBA member!
Virginia Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza

Health Update 2016 
More than 110 attorneys took advantage of an afternoon's learning during the 18th Annual Virginia Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza. Held at the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, this event was presented by the VBA Health Law Section in cooperation with the Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.

See the Facebook photo album.  
Competition collects more than 1.5 million pounds of food

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The two-week statewide campaign by legal professionals provided Virginia food banks with a big spring boost in donations -- up 15 percent over the 2015 Legal Food Frenzy.

The Norfolk firm B. Cullen Gibson took home the top prize Attorney General's Cup for the sixth consecutive year. The firm raised 25,303 pounds per person.

Attorney General Mark Herring announced the winners in the 10th year of the Legal Food Frenzy.
The VBA, whose Young Lawyers Division is a collaborating partner in this campaign, recognized all participants, including legal offices, law firms, legal aid groups, bar associations and other entities.
VCU Libraries gives nod to VBA Journal article

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A photograph from the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries digital collections has been selected for an exhibit in the Supreme Court of Virginia. The image at right of a protest in Farmville will be part of the exhibit "Bringing Down Jim Crow: the Legal Battle in Virginia, 1933-1967." VCU Libraries referenced the spring VBA Journal article "for a deeper story about the court's exhibits."
Summer Meeting interest grows
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During the 126th Summer Meeting, Anthony J. Gambardella Jr. and Guy T. Tripp III will be honored as co-recipients of the William B. Spong, Jr., Professionalism Award. Both are longtime regulatory practitioners in the utility bar and have served as mentors to many.

This honor recognizes leadership and inspiring examples of the legal profession. Previous recipients of this award, named in memory of the 1976 VBA president, include VBA Past Presidents Jeanne F. Franklin and William R. Van Buren III, ethics guru Thomas E. Spahn and the initial honoree, the Honorable Harry L. Carrico.

Register now to attend July 21-24 at the Omni Homestead Resort. Need rooms? Find booking details at  
Young lawyers: This one's for you!

Labor Law Conference 2015
Come to the inaugural Young Lawyer CLE at the VBA Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law. This two-hour CLE will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 1:45 p.m. and will provide young attorneys with a better understanding of what it is like to practice labor and employment law. Whether you are already practicing and want tips about how to be more successful, or you are interested in labor and employment law but don't have experience with it, this is the CLE for you.

The program will provide an overview of the different types of work involved in practicing labor and employment law from both the plaintiff and defense sides. The panel also will spend time providing practical advice for new lawyers - things we wish we had known when we started practicing. We hope to see you there!

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Are you planning to attend the 46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law in Richmond? Do you need overnight accommodations? Book rooms at the Omni Richmond Hotel by calling 1-800-843-6664 (1-800-THE-OMNI). Mention the conference name for the group room rate. Watch for details about the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 event as they become available.
Has your membership lapsed?

VBA members in 2015 who have not paid their 2016 dues will lose their member benefits soon. Avoid the inconvenience of a break in service and renew today online (just sign in at, by check made out to The Virginia Bar Association mailed to the VBA at 701 E. Franklin St., Suite 1120, Richmond, VA  23219, or pay over the phone at 804-644-0041. Don't forget to add Section memberships to your dues. Section dues are $25 a year. 
Insurance corner

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Disability income protection insurance helps to replace income if the policyholder becomes sick or injured and cannot work.

Virginia Barristers Alliance Inc. offers access to multiple carriers of disability income protection insurance. Some even offer discounts! Who better to help you than an insurance agency founded by Virginia lawyers, for Virginia lawyers?

Contact VBAI to determine what coverage strategies may be appropriate for your planning needs.

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Member news

Hillary Patterson has been promoted to counsel in the Richmond office of Hunton & Williams LLP. She joined the firm in 2007 upon graduation from law school and is part of the capital finance and real estate group.

Jane Marum Roush 
Retired Justice Jane Marum Roush has joined The McCammon Group after 23 years of judicial service, including on the Supreme Court of Virginia and as a judge for the Fairfax County Circuit Court, as well as experience as a civil litigator. She will help  The McCammon Group serve the mediation, arbitration, judge pro tempore, and special master needs of lawyers and litigants.

The Virginia State Bar has announced several award recipients. Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Judge Denis F. Soden will receive the Tradition of Excellence Award from the VSB's General Practice Section. The bar's Diversity Conference awarded its Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award to U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the Eastern District of Virginia. The Murray Janus Professionalism Award, given by the John Marshall Inn of Court, will go to VSB Executive Director Karen A. Gould.

Phillip C. Stone, president of Sweet Briar College, received the 2016 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fourth Circuit. The honor was bestowed at the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference on May 24. Stone served as VBA president in 1997.

Autumn R. Visser is now a principal at Woods Rogers PLC. She is a member of the business and corporate law group and concentrates her practice on contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mark Colombell
Mark Colombell, a trial attorney with ThompsonMcMullan, a Richmond-based law firm, has been appointed to the board of directors for Meritas, a global alliance of independent business law firms. The Meritas board consists of 21 attorneys from its member firms around the world. The term of service is three years. Colombell has been involved with Meritas for six years, serving on its membership committee and graduating from its leadership institute.

Amy T. McClure
of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, PLC, received the Walter E. Hoffman Community Service Award from the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association. Her community involvement spans the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast VIrginia, NPBA Foster Care Project, the Dove Days Self-Esteem Project and the Hampton Roads Green Building Council.

Rebecca Lightle 
Rebecca M. Lightle is now an associate in the Richmond office of Eckert Seamans Chernin & Mellott LLC, where she focuses her practice on general commercial and employment litigation. Previously she provided counsel to employers, notably law enforcement agencies and other public entities defending against claims of employment discrimination.

Howard W. Martin Jr. of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, PLC, received the 2016 Clarissa E. McAdoo Houser Award for Distinguished Service from the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. The honor is given once every five years to recognize exemplary service to the authority, which he served as legal counsel for nearly 15 years.

Steven M. Stancliff, who chairs the admiralty and maritime law practice group at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, PLC, has been named secretary of the national Maritime Law Association Committee on Regulation of Vessel Operations, Safety, Security and Navigation.

The investiture of the Honorable Stephen R. McCullough as a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia was held May 23. 
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