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•  124th VBA Summer Meeting, July 24-27, The Greenbrier, WV. Register by July 8 and save  •
•  The VBA calendar lists all events  •  Take a look at our Facebook photo albums  • 
•  Read the VBA legislative agenda for 2014 (PDF)  •  Follow progress with updates  •
  •  Members receive the VBA Journal  in the mail. A digital version is posted online  •
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Candidates for U.S. Senate to debate July 26
Virginia's chief justice to retire
Budget authorizes 36 more Virginia judges
Martingayle to lead Virginia State Bar
Bankruptcy Law Conference photos
Food Frenzy raises bountiful amount of food
Latest VBA Journal is published

Governor signs bills into law
Legal Food Frenzy ends April 11
Members make it on Influential Women list
Magazine runs photos from winter meeting
The Association turns 125
On-demand learning: VBA Online CLE
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VBA member communications

The VBA Voice, a monthly e-newsletter             
June 3  --  Spring into summer
May 8   --  It's May and events are blooming
April 9   --  Symposium, summit, videos
March 6 -- Lead, follow, engage
Feb. 3    -- Your member newsletter
Jan. 2    -- New year, renewed dedication
Earlier issues? Find them in the archives.

In A VBA Minute, from President John L. Walker III
VBA & ODBA: A Commitment to Collaboration
YLD Leadership Conference
At the forefront of law reform
Chief Justice's Pro Bono Summit
Recognizing VBA Leaders
Honoring Thomas R. Bagby
Historic Annual Meeting






Senatorial candidates agree to debate

2014 VBA debate moderator Judy WoodruffCandidates 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.   

Chief Justice Kinser announces retirement

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. 

Lawmakers provide funding for 396 judges

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.

VBA member becomes president of VSB

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.

Visit the VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference in photos

photo album of images from the 17th Annual VBA Bankruptcy Law Conference has been posted on the VBA Facebook page. Take a look.

Legal Food Frenzy amasses 1.4 million pounds worth of food

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. 

VBA Journal cover Spring 2014

Meet VBA President John L. Walker III

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.  

Governor signs several bills VBA supports

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.  

Eighth annual Legal Food Frenzy runs through April 11

Legal Food Frenzy logoAbout 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 ...  

VBA members listed among Influential Women of Virginia

Dean Wendy Collins Perdue, VBA board law school liaisonThe 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.


VBA Annual Meeting photos appear in Va. Business

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. 

Happy quasquicentennial, VBA!VBA 125th anniversary logo

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

Online CLE logoVBA 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,Legal Food Frenzy logo 2014 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


Information on the VBA Rule of Law Project for the local bar associations.
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VBA Veterans Initiative
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Pro bono and reduced-fee legal assistance

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local bar use.







VBA Journal Spring 2014 coverThe newest issue of the VBA Journal, spring 2014, has been posted in digital flip version. Print copies are in the mail.

This issue features:
On the Cover: A profile of John L. Walker III, the 2014 Association president.


  • Profits of Membership
  • How employers can minimize the risk of running afoul of Homeland Security
  • Prospects for protecting an open Internet
  • Virginia Family Law Coalition


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Several Virginia firms have honored the service that their colleagues have given to The Virginia Bar Association with a special gift as Honoring Past Presidents Sponsors. The VBA is in the process of contacting all firms of past Association presidents to enlist their support in this program. Any firms interested in participating are encouraged to contact
John L. Walker, III, at (804) 420-6463. 

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