Conference of Local Bar Associations
Gifford R. Hampshire, chair
Bar Leaders Institute
The Conference of Local Bar Associations Executive Committee scheduled a Bar Leaders Institute for October 22, 2010, in Roanoke. It will be held at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. The Executive Committee has also tentatively scheduled a subsequent BLI for March 7, 2011. The agenda will be similar to the agenda for Roanoke.
Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum
The CLBA presented a Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Forum on March 8, 2010, at the University of Richmond School of Law. It was a great success, with 158 persons in attendance. Six continuing legal education credits, including one in ethics, were offered. I received many compliments about the program.
So You’re 18
Through the Virginia State Bar office, the CLBA distributed approximately 44,500 So You’re 18 handbooks. I sent a letter to all local bar presidents encouraging a panel discussion modeled after the Allegheny-Bath-Highland Bar Association’s program as a vehicle for distribution and discussion. The letter also encouraged distribution of So You’re 18 by any method, as a way of educating juniors and seniors in high school about the rights and responsibilities of adulthood.
Awards of Merit Competition
Three judges reviewed the submissions to the Twenty-fifth Annual Awards of Merit competition. The goal of the competition is to share successful programming ideas and resources and encourage greater service to the bench, bar, and public. Five Awards of Merit and eight Certificates of Achievement were presented. The awards were given at the CLBA Annual Meeting and Bar Leaders Breakfast on June 18, 2010, at 7:30 a.m. at the Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel, during the VSB Annual Meeting.
Local Bar Leader of the Year
Three nominations were submitted for the Fifteenth Annual Local Bar Leader of the Year Award. The CLBA Executive Committee presented the award to Raymond B. Benzinger of the Arlington County Bar Association. The award was presented at the CLBA Annual Meeting.