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• Read the VBA legislative agenda for 2014 (PDF) • Follow progress with updates •
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Candidates for U.S. Senate from Virginia -- incumbent Mark Warner, a Democrat, and GOP challenger Ed Gillespie -- have agreed to a VBA-sponsored debate. The event at 11 a.m. July 26 during the 124th Summer Meeting at The Greenbrier. “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff will moderate the debate. The PBS show plans to partner with the VBA to livestream the debate. Admission to the debate is free. The event is open to the public. All audience members must get a badge from VBA representatives on-site. The news media is invited and must register for credentials.
The Supreme Court of Virginia announced June 13 that Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser plans to retire this year. No date for her retirement was stated in the news release. Appointed to the court in 1997, she was chosen by her fellow justices as chief in 2011 after the death of Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Jr. She is the first female to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia.
The budget that Virginia lawmakers approved June 12 includes funding for 396 judges. That appropriation means Virginia will be able to add 36 judges to the current funding level for 360. Since 2010, the VBA has been a vocal proponent of fully funding judgeships. That was the year the General Assembly froze the automatic filling of judicial vacancies. We applaud legislators for recognizing the dire need for more judges – recommended in the Virginia Judicial Workload Assessment Report — especially given recent revenue figures. However, we also note that before the 2010 freeze in funding, Virginia had 402 authorized judgeships.
Kevin Martingayle of the law firm Bischoff Martingayle, P.C., in Virginia Beach takes over as president of the Virginia State Bar at that group's annual meeting in mid-June. A VBA member since 2009, Martingayle serves on the VBA Labor Relations and Employment Law Section Council. He succeeds VBA member Sharon D. Nelson at the helm of the mandatory bar, and will be its 76th president.
A photo album of images from the 17th Annual VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference has been posted on the VBA Facebook page. Take a look.
A two-week contest among legal offices across Virginia raised a bountiful amount of funds and food for our neighbors facing hunger. The 1.4 million pounds worth of food (each $1 in cash donations converts to 4 pounds of food) collected between March 31 and April 11 brought the total raised in eight years of the springtime event to 11.4 million pounds. The top overall prize, the Attorney General's Cup, went again to the law office of B. Cullen Gibson in Norfolk. The office turned in the equivalent of 20,360 pounds of food per person to capture the title for the fourth consecutive year.The law school winner of the Attorney General's Cup was the William & Mary Law School. See the list of all 12 winners in the news release. The Legal Food Frenzy is a collaboration involving the Young Lawyers Division of the VBA, the Attorney General's office and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.
The latest issue of the VBA Journal features a profile of the VBA's leader. Despite the Walker family legacy of Association leadership -- he is the third generation of his family to hold the presidency -- the law was not the first career path John L. Walker III pursued. Other features: Pro Bono Innovation and Momentum in the Commonwealth, columns by the Division chairs, a closer look at the Virginia Family Law Coalition and other articles. Look for the issue in your mailbox or view the digital flip version at vba.org/mag.
In the 30 days since the General Assembly adjourned its regular session, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed many items on the VBA legislative agenda. See the results, as of April 8, on the legislative update page.
About three in every 25 Virginians struggle to obtain sufficient nutritionally sound food for a health lifestyle. The Legal Food Frenzy, an annual food and fund drive, involves legal professionals statewide in a two-week effort to help restock groceries on food bank shelves. In seven years, Virginia lawyers, judges and law students have raised the equivalent of more than 10 million pounds of food. The eighth Legal Food Frenzy runs March 31-April 11. Read more ...
The Association's law school liaison on the Board of Governors is among four VBA members on the 2014 list of Influential Women of Virginia. The list of outstanding women in all fields is compiled by Virginia Lawyers Media, publisher of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The sixth class of notable women includes VBA board member Wendy Collins Perdue, who is dean of the University of Richmond School of Law, Susan R. Blackman of Willcox & Savage, P.C., in Virginia Beach, Jennifer A. Minear of McCandlish Holton, PC, in Richmond and Megan Conway Rahman of Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond.
Eight photographs from the VBA Annual Meeting appear in the Out & About feature in the March 2014 issue of Virginia Business. They appear on pages 10-11.
July 5, 2013, marked the founding of what has become The Virginia Bar Association. The Richmond bar led the effort 125 years ago to create a statewide group for lawyers. Read the VBA news release. Read VBA President Tom Bagby's In A VBA Minute on the topic.
VBA Online CLE: It’s to your credit
VBA Online CLE marries the strength of the Association’s educational programming, coordinated by VBA sections, with today’s on-demand world. The result is our latest benefit: recorded CLE at member-discounted pricing. Choose from a growing list of video or podcast presentations and earn mandatory CLE starting at $50 for 1.5 credit hours. Read more … Browse the catalog and make a purchase.
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8th Annual Legal Food Frenzy
March 31-April 11, 2014
Last spring, 183 law firms, legal departments, government offices, and law schools across Virginia joined together to raise almost 1.5 million pounds of food for Virginia's hungry.
In the seven years of the statewide event, legal professionals raised the equivalent of 10 million pounds of food.
Consider getting involved in this collaborative effort of the VBA Young Lawyers Division, the attorney general's office and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks. Register to participate at LegalFoodFrenzy.com.
2013 Winners | 2012 Winners
2013 Awards reception photos
Some 2013 contest photos
Check out our programs!
- 124th VBA Summer Meeting, July 24-27, 2014, White Sulphur Springs, WV
- 44th Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law, Sept. 11-13, National Harbor, MD
- Fall Board of Governors meeting, Oct. 17-18, Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton, VA
- Boyd-Graves Conference (invitation only), Oct. 24-25, 2014, Richmond, VA
- 25th Annual Tax Practitioners' Roundtable, Oct. 31, Charlottesville, VA
- 20th Annual VBA Administrative Law Conference, Nov. 6, location TBA
- 22nd Annual VBA Capital Defense Workshop, Nov. 20-21, Richmond, VA
- National Moot Court Competition, Nov. 20-22, Richmond, VA
- 125th Annual Meeting, Jan. 22-24, 2015, Williamsburg, VA
Selected VBA Projects
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