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Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Conference News and Information

June 14, 2016

2016 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:

 

The Arlington County Bar Association

The association developed the Young Lawyers Initiative with the aim of attracting younger members of the bar to join the local bar. In the initiative’s first year, the bar saw forty-two new members join, which is more than double what would usually be expected in a year. The bar formed a Young Lawyer Section and has since sponsored a Young Lawyer Orientation, is planning a Breakfast with the Judges, and holds regular luncheon meetings that include a one-hour CLE credit.

The Prince William County Bar Association Inc.

The bar association, working with the Prince William County Area Agency on Aging, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7589, and the American Legion, sponsored the first Wills for Veterans program in Virginia. The program assists local veterans with end-of-life documents, including simple wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives. The program served sixty-six veterans and spouses.

The Roanoke Bar Association

 The Roanoke Bar began the You and the Law program in 2010. Last year, the bar decided to open the court system to the public in a three-part program. You and the Law: Trial by Jury is the second part of that program, featuring the circuit court. The program is designed to educate the public about the function of the clerk’s office, the jury selection process, how the sheriff’s office provides security, and the function of the grand jury. There was also a mock trial.

The Virginia Beach Bar Association

The Virginia Beach Bar Association’s Legal Laughter Fundraiser Supporting Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater is a stand-up comedy night created to raise money for local charities by poking fun at the legal profession. The event raised $4,000 for Families of Autistic Children of Tidewater. About 150 members of the association participated, which is about 25 percent of the total membership.

 

Sustained Projects:

 

The Alexandria Bar Association

The Jazz4Justice program, which was started by the Fairfax Law Foundation in 2000, was adopted by the Alexandria association to fund music scholarships at Northern Virginia Community College and to assist the Alexandria Bar Foundation with charitable work, including providing college scholarships to City of Alexandria public school students. The annual concert sponsored by Jazz4Justice has raised more than $6,500 a year each of the last three years.

 

CERTIFICATES OF ACHIEVEMENT

 

The Prince William County Bar Association Inc.

The Virginia Access to Justice Commission asked the association to sponsor the first Access to Justice Summit by a local bar association in the state. The goal was to heighten awareness of and support of existing pro bono programs and to identify unmet needs. Following the summit, every one of the association’s six existing pro bono programs received pledges of support.

The Roanoke Bar Association

You and the Law: Your Day in Court was part of the association’s You and the Law program, which was started in 2010. The session looked at courthouse security, provided a tour of the general district court clerk’s office, and offered a discussion of the rule of law. The program also included a view of what happens in a courtroom during a case presentation, and offered information on what to do when a person’s identity is stolen.