Education of Lawyers in Virginia Section
A. Benjamin Spencer, chair
As of June 2011, the Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia had 418 members.
The budget for fiscal year 2010-11 was $11,000.
2012 Conclave planning
The section is planning on hosting a Conclave on Legal Education Reform in the spring of 2012. A committee chaired by W. Taylor Reveley III, president of the College of William and Mary, and William R. Rakes of Roanoke will plan this event.
Core Competencies Committee
This year the section created a core competencies committee, chaired by U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler. The purpose of this committee was to survey the law schools, the bench, and the bar, as well as previous studies, to obtain views on the core competencies one needs to be a successful practicing attorney. The committee is in the process of refining and finalizing its findings, which will be used to support the planning and focus of the 2012 Conclave.
This year the section created a prelaw committee, chaired by William E. Thro. This committee spent the year planning regional prelaw conferences for high school students in 2012. The first conference is scheduled for February 18, 2012, at the Regent University School of Law. The purpose of these half-day conferences is to teach high school students about the profession and the requirements for law school admissions. Speakers will include lawyers from a variety of practice fields, judges, and law students.
The section presented a professionalism program for law students at each of the eight law schools in Virginia. Judge Crigler and William E. Glover led this effort.
The section published two editions of its newsletter, Education & Practice, under the leadership of Professor James M. Boland.
Officers elected for 2011-12 were Professor A. Benjamin Spencer, chair; Judge Crigler, vice chair; and Bill Glover, secretary. Larry H. Hoover Jr. is immediate past chair.