Local and specialty bar associations in Virginia comprise the Conference of Local Bar Associations. The conference was established in 1990 to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the commonwealth’s local and specialty bar associations and the Virginia State Bar The CLBA sponsors a Bar Leaders Institute each year to help new local and statewide bar officers plan their bar year; publishes a newsletter, the Local Bar Connection; sponsors awards of merit, the Local Bar Leader of the Year Award, the Bar Association of the Year Award and the Specialty Bar Association of the Year Award; maintains an information database, and a local bar resource and videotape library; and makes executive committee and staff members available for technical assistance or presentations to local bars.
The Diversity Conference was established in 2010 to bring together VSB members interested in increasing diversity in the legal profession and in ensuring that Virginia meets the legal needs of an increasingly diverse population. The Diversity Conference’s mission is to foster and encourage diversity in admission to the bar and advancement in the profession and the judiciary, to serve as a catalyst for creating professional leadership and bar service opportunities in the legal profession in Virginia, and to work to ensure that the legal system is responsive to the changing legal needs of the people of Virginia.
Established first as a section in 1987, and then as a conference in 2001, the Senior Lawyers Conference is composed of all active and associate VSB members in good standing, age 55 and older, and focuses on issues of interest to senior lawyers and promotion of the welfare of senior citizens. The SLC has assisted in the implementation of the revised guardianship laws for adults, and the SLC prepares and revises The Senior Citizens Handbook. Members encourage, educate, and assist lawyers in planning for their own disability or death.
Organized in 1973, the Young Lawyers Conference is composed of all active and associate VSB members in good standing, age 36 and under, as well as those members admitted to the VSB as their initial bar for fewer than three years. The YLC functions as "a bar within a bar," focusing its efforts on the special interests and concerns of young and new lawyers. Through a diverse group of projects, the YLC is a vehicle through which young lawyers can participate in the governance of the VSB, serve the profession and the public, and enhance the public awareness of the legal profession. All members receive the YLC's newsletter, Docket Call quarterly. Conference activities include the Supreme Court Admission and Orientation Ceremonies (semi-annually), No Bills Nights, Celebration of Women and Minorities in the Profession Bench-Bar Dinner, Minority Pre-Law Conferences, Emergency Legal Services, Wills for Heroes, Domestic Violence Safety Project, Professional Development Conference, CLEs on immigration and mental health law, and many other programs serving the bar and the community.Updated: Sep 12, 2016