General Practice Section
Jeffrey C. Flax, chair
The General Practice Section continues serve the needs of attorneys in the general practice of law and has done so since 1986. We continue to conduct legal education seminars and other activities to enhance the skills of Virginia lawyers.
As it has done in the past, the General Practice Section co-sponsored with the Young Lawyers Conference on the first day in practice seminar in Richmond. The program provided a full day of seminars in thirteen areas of law. The speakers were highly experienced in their fields, and we also enjoyed the participation of state and federal judges. The sessions were well attended and well received.
At the June 2012 Virginia State Bar annual meeting in Virginia Beach, the General Practice Section co-sponsored a seminar with Health Law Section on the topic: “Involuntary Commitments, Advance Medical Directives and HIPAA – Health Law Issues for All Lawyers.”
In addition, the General Practice Section presented its annual Tradition of Excellence Award, which recognizes an outstanding lawyer who embodies the highest tradition of personal and professional excellence in the practice of law in Virginia. This year the award was presented to William L. Schmidt, a general practice lawyer in Fairfax.
The General Practice Section continues to maintain a website to provide information to our members and notifications of upcoming seminars and other activities.
There are currently 812 attorney members and 99 judicial members of the section. Our budget for fiscal 2012 was $30,063.
We continue to work closely with Catherine D. Huband, our section liaison, who has been extremely helpful and effective.