General Practice

Matthew J. Zwerdling, Chair 

The General Practice Section continues to 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 a seminar called the First Day in Practice Seminar in Richmond. The program provided a full day of seminars in fourteen areas of the law and was tailored to lawyers who have just been admitted as members of the Bar to assist them as they embark on their new profession. The speakers were highly experienced in their fields, and we also enjoyed the participation of both active and retired judges from around the Commonwealth.

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 James P. "Penny" Baber of Cumberland, Virginia. I am sad to report that Mr. Baber had passed away prior to the presentation ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Bar. We were fortunate enough to have his family on hand to accept the Tradition of Excellence Award on his behalf.

The General Practice Section also passed a resolution expressing our grateful appreciation for the exemplary, distinguished and unselfish services and dedication rendered by the Honorable Joseph E. Spruill, Jr., a Judge of Virginia’s Fifteenth Judicial Circuit who also passed away in 2017 after a long and remarkable career.

At the beginning of the fiscal year, there were 760 attorneys and 112 judicial members of the section. Our budget for the fiscal year 2016-2017 was $17,968.00.

The General Practice Section would also like to thank Catherine D. Huband, our section liaison, who for many years worked closely with our section. Mrs. Huband has been an invaluable part of our section providing her expertise and many hours of dedication and hard work. Mrs. Huband has moved on to another position with the Virginia State Bar where I am confident she will be equally effective. The General Practice Section would like to express our sincerest appreciation to Mrs. Huband.

Updated: Jul 19, 2017