Senior Lawyers Conference

Bruce E. Robinson, Chair

The mission of the Senior Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State bar is to uphold the honor of the profession of law, to apply the knowledge and experience of the profession to the public good, to encourage cordial discourse and interaction among members of the Virginia State Bar and to serve the interests of senior lawyers and promote the welfare of seniors generally. 

The Senior Lawyer Conference Board of Governors consists of twenty four members (currently 2 vacancies) of diverse backgrounds representing the Commonwealth and hailing from the Valley, Northern, Central, Northern Neck, Coastal and Southside Virginia. The board is a group of seasoned seniors dedicated to service to others and the advancement of the highest standards of the legal profession. The SLC had the lead role for the February 2017 Issue of the      Virginia Lawyers Magazine.

The Senior Lawyers Conference (SLC), created in 2001, is the successor of the Senior Lawyers Section which was established in 1987.  Membership is automatic and limited to lawyers in good standing who have attained age fifty five (55) years and is around 18,901members.  The SLC deals with matters of interest for senior lawyers and senior citizens in our communities.  The core programs are Senior Citizen Law Days, Pro Bono legal services and Fifty Year Awards at each Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting.  In addition over the past 6 years the conference solicited donations to purchase and deliver over 15,880 trees (seedlings) to individuals and organizations throughout the state free of charge. The project was concluded this year and the fund balance was used for a $1,000.00 scholarship in honor of John Tate, the SLC founder of the project, for a student attending his alma mater, William and Mary.   

Throughout Virginia, seniors from all walks of life appear uninformed or powerless regarding legal issues affecting them.  Yet many assets are available to assist them including free will clinics, Senior Law Day Programs, pro bono services and the recent Statewide Senior Legal Helpline. Senior Citizens Handbooks for participants in legal seminars are available free of charge.   These programs are designed to educate and empower seniors regarding their legal affairs. Many retired attorneys continue to provide pro bono services and we are seeking more volunteers.   Some law firms graciously continue to support their retirees with office space and administrative assistance.

There were 222 identified members of the Fifty Year Class of The Virginia State Bar.  They were admitted to practice between July 1, 1966 and June 30, 1967.  They are scattered over 18 states, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington and in D.C and Panama.  Twenty eight members were  recognized during the 50 Year Awards Brunch on Saturday June 17th during  the 79th Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Bar in Virginia Beach.

2017-2018 Officers:                                                                                                                                                                                                      Robert E. Hawthorne, Kenbridge, Chair                                                                                    Carrollyn Cox, Virginia Beach, Chair Elect                                                                                                    John D. Eure, Roanoke, Secretary                                                                      Margaret Nelson, Lynchburg, Treasurer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Updated: Jul 13, 2017