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Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Conference News and Information

June 15, 2015

2015 Awards of Merit

The following bar associations will receive awards from the Conference of Local Bar Associations during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. The awards recognize projects that serve the bench, the bar, and the people of Virginia.

The CLBA makes information on winning projects available to other groups that want to consider similar programs. For information, contact Paulette J. Davidson at Davidson@vsb.org or (804) 775-0521.

 

AWARDS OF MERIT

For excellence in bar projects

 

First-time Awardees:

 

Chesapeake Bar Association

The Reading in Schools with Esquires program, or R.I.S.E., in October 2014 comprised lawyers in the association who read to kindergartners and first and second graders at local elementary schools. The program inspires, encourages, motivates, and educates the children. The lawyers also engage the pupils in discussions concerning educational and career goals, self-confidence, anti-bullying, and other topics. The books were donated to the schools.

Roanoke Bar Association

The association redesigned and updated its website, www.roanokebar.com, to improve services to members and the public. The site now allows members to add practice areas to their profiles and allows the public to see the profiles. Public resources on the site include grant and scholarship opportunities, the You and the Law program, and a link to the Roanoke Law Library.

Virginia Beach Bar Association

The Toys for Tots Holiday Party program piggy-backs off of the US Marine Corps’ existing Toys for Tots program by leveraging the high turnout at the VBBA’s annual holiday party to generate toys and monetary donations. At the December 5, 2014, party, members donated more than 100 toys and $550. The project is intended to reach about 150 needy children in the Virginia Beach area.

Bristol Virginia Bar Association

The So You’re 18 program is designed to educate local high school seniors about their rights and responsibilities upon becoming an adult. Volunteer attorneys and judges visited three local high schools and spoke with 302 seniors during the students’ government classes.

 

Sustained Projects:

 

Roanoke Bar Association

The Volunteer Service Awards Program recognizes association members who provide at least twenty-five hours annually of community service, charitable professional services, and pro bono legal services. The program is in its tenth year and has certified more than 58,000 hours of volunteer services and presented 268 awards. Two members have received the President’s Call to Service Award, meaning they have donated more than 4,000 volunteer hours.

Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association

The association’s Mentorship Program, which started in 2004, offers educational and networking opportunities to women entering the legal profession in the Richmond area and those studying at the University of Richmond. In 2014-15, the program reached nearly 100 students and new attorneys, with more than sixty members participating as mentors to sixteen new attorneys and eighty-one law students.