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The independent voice of Virginia lawyers                  July 7, 2016.
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We've got the perfect answer to July's heat and humidity -- a long weekend in the cool Allegheny Mountains. The 126th Summer Meeting starts in just two weeks. Registration remains open. The conference room rate, however, ends today. Book lodging through the Omni Homestead Resort.

As you know, the VBA is about so much more. Read on. Stay cool.   
Guess who's coming to the Summer Meeting?

The VBA's diversity is showing. Is your member type included in the pie chart of registrants as of late June? The list of attendees includes 14 different member types, such as Regular, YLD, Judicial and Law School Faculty. The VBA Summer Meeting is a great place to meet colleagues with similar and with different career experiences from across Virginia.

2016 Summer Meeting registrants by member type 
Register now to attend July 21-24 at the Omni Homestead Resort. The event has been approved for 8 MCLE Credits (3.5 Ethics). Find details at Registrants are receiving emails containing the link to access written materials. The most recent such email was sent the morning of June 30. No paper copies or thumb drives containing written materials will be provided on-site. Conference center Wi-Fi will be available. 
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Upcoming events

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Panel from 2015 conference
Practice employment law?

If you specialize in this area or want to broaden your skills, plan to attend the 46th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law in Richmond. The event, which seeks to provide 10 MCLE credit hours of programming, runs Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1. New this year is a young lawyers CLE with 2.0 MCLE Credits (approval pending) on Thursday.

Staying overnight? Book your rooms at the Omni Richmond Hotel. Call 1-800-843-6664 and mention the conference name for the group room rate. Watch for more details as they become available.
Phone-A-Thon volunteers remind members to renew dues

Harry M. Pete Johnson III volunteers at the member drive Phone-A-Thon
On June 14 the VBA Membership Committee hosted a Phone-A-Thon across the state to encourage membership renewals. Big thanks go to the committee and volunteers from the Executive Committee, Board of Governors and YLD leaders for calling more than 500 members. So far, 46 members have renewed with more interest coming in each day.

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Participants deem Legal Writing bootcamp a success

Legal Writing key players Spratt and DiMeglio
Everyone likes a success story, even more perhaps when it has been a team effort. The legal writing bootcamp in April co-sponsored by the LPMD has been deemed a success after participant evaluations and debriefing. The decision already has been made to repeat the boot camp, originally held at the American University's Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C, in Richmond this coming spring. Spring 2016 participants will be consulted a second time in late 2016 to garner more ideas for content changes.

Kudos are owed to so many. Two players key to the project were Professor David Spratt, who designed the course and helped teach it, and Rich DiMeglio of VA CLE, who ran all operational aspects of the course and wrote about it in the VSB Section on the Education of Lawyers newsletter.

The boot camp was the brainchild of the VSB Section on the Education of Lawyers as a result of its multiyear examination of writing quality of Virginia lawyers and options for improving it. The section assembled a team including the LPMD and VA CLE to ensure that its ideas would be carried out. Jeff Geiger Hamilton served as liaison for the LPMD.

Thanks go out to all who made the program a reality, including the VSB Section, faculty from AU's Legal Rhetoric Department, Tom Spahn of McGuireWoods, and volunteer judges and lawyers who led breakout sessions and a luncheon panel about personal writing experiences: Professor Jim Moliterno of Washington & Lee School of Law, Senior Justice Elizabeth Lacy, Federal Judge Pamela M. Sargent and D. Alan Rudlin of Hunton & Williams.

Administrative Law Section opens social to wider audience

VBA members Edward Bagnell Jr. and Cliona M. Robb 
The VBA Administrative Law Section opened its Eighth Annual Spring Social on June 7 to all VBA sections as well as law students and nonmembers curious about the VBA and the Administrative Law Section. By the end of the event in Richmond, members had shown the guests why it's great to be a VBA member.

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Historical record: Do you have the missing VBA journals?

Cover from a 2008 VBA News Journal
Can you help? The VBA hopes to archive a set of all 42 years of the official publication of The Virginia Bar Association. To ensure we have a backup set to meet scanning requests, the office is seeking members' and law libraries' assistance to fill out a second set.

If you kept copies of the VBA News Journal and The Virginia Bar Association Journal from 1978 to 2009 and could part with some issues, please email Marilyn Shaw, communications coordinator, or call her at 804-644-0041. Read more about which issues we seek.
Legislative proposals

July 18 is the first day to pre-file bills for consideration in the 2017 General Assembly. It's not too soon for VBA sections and committees to develop and collaborate on legislative proposals to propose to the VBA Board of Governors. VBA Legislative Day will be Sept. 29 in the Virginia State Capitol.
New resource for pro se representation

In June, a project of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission came to life. The Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help Website at is designed to help self-represented litigants in Virginia. Read more...
Cast your ballots for the 2016 Legal Elite
Virginia Business' Legal Elite logo

For 16 years, members of The Virginia Bar Association have appeared prominently in Virginia Business' lists of the Legal Elite. These are the top Virginia attorneys as voted by their peers. Through July 22, you can cast your ballot.
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Member news

After two years as vice chair of the southern region of the National Association of Attorneys General, Mark Herring has begun a one-year term as chair.

VBA President James Patrick Guy II sang the National Anthem at the Old Dominion Bar Association meeting. Helivi Holland, immediate past president of the ODBA recognized VBA Executive Director Yvonne McGhee for exceptional on-site volunteer contributions.

Doris Causey, VSB president-elect
Doris H. Causey took office as president-elect of the Virginia State Bar during the VSB Annual Meeting. She is managing attorney of the Richmond office of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. A VBA member since 2003, she also serves on the Old Dominion Bar's executive committee.

Jay B. Myerson of The Myerson Law Group in Reston received a three-year appointment to the ABA's Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs.

The Legal Aid Justice Center, Charlottesville office, received the 2016 Alfred McKenzie Award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The committee and center worked to obtain improved health care for inmates at the Fluvanna Women's Prison. The award recognizes dedication and courage for civil rights victories of significance.The award is named for a former Tuskegee Airman who was lead plaintiff in a class action the committee brought that challenged racial discrimination.

Justin M. Lugar with Gentry Locke Attorneys in Roanoke is a recipient of the Chappell-Morris Trial Lawyer Award for young trial lawyers. The award is given by the Virginia State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Paul D. Fraim
Paul D. Fraim stepped down as mayor of Norfolk, a post he has held since 1994. He did not seek re-election this year. A former Executive Committee member of the VBA, he founded the law firm of Fraim & Fiorella, P.C.

Richard H. Ottinger
joined the board of directors of the Norfolk Economic Development Authority, which promotes business and industry in the city. He is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP.

Cartwright "Cart" R. Reilly has joined Williams Mullen and its finance and real estate section. She is an associate in the Virginia Beach office. She previously was an associate at Wolcott Rivers Gates.

New officers for the Bar Association of the City of Richmond took office June 1. They include Vernon E. Inge Jr. of LeClairRyan, president; Douglas D. Callaway of Union Bankshares Corp., president-elect; Terrence L. Graves of Sands Anderson PC, vice president, Daniel E. Lynch of Lynch & Cornett, P.C., secretary-treasurer; and
J. Tracy Walker IV of McGuireWoods LLP, immediate past president.

Emily C. Whitaker is now an associate in the litigation practice group at McCandlish Holton.

Phillip C. Stone appears on the cover of the June 2016 issue of Virginia Business, which featured The Generous Virginians Project. He is quoted in an article about redefining college ties and what has happened in the 15 months since the announcement of the closing of Sweet Briar College. Alumnae fought those plans, raised donations and pledges, and he became president of the school. "Ours has been a remarkable journey of human exceptionalism and perseverance," he says. Stone served as VBA president in 1997. 
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