Local and specialty bar associations in Virginia comprise the Conference of Local Bar Associations. The conference was established to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the Virginia State Bar and the local bar associations in the commonwealth. The CLBA sponsors a Bar Leaders Institute each year to help new local and statewide bar officers plan their bar year; sponsors Solo and Small-Firm Practitioner Forums in multiple locations, sponsors awards of merit and a 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 (“DC”) was established in 2010 to bring together members of the Virginia State Bar who are interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in ensuring that Virginia meets the legal needs of an increasingly diverse population. Diversity refers to includes, among other things, race, age, ethnicity, gender, religion, education, disability, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. Inclusion refers to involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. The DC focuses on providing greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, providing opportunities to serve both the profession and the public through its various programs and educational sessions. No additional dues are charged for membership in the DC.
The Senior Lawyers Section was established in February 1987. The Virginia State Bar Council authorized establishment of the conference in June 2001 This 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. The SLC prepares and revises The Senior Citizens Handbook. Members provide education and encouragement to lawyers to do proper planning for their own disability or death.
The conference was organized in 1973. All active and associate Virginia State Bar 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, are automatically members of the Young Lawyers Conference. No additional dues are charged for membership in the YLC. 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 several times a year. Conference activities include: Admission and Orientation Ceremonies (semi-annually), No Bills Nights, Celebration of Women and Minorities in the Profession Bench-Bar Dinner, Minority Recruitment Conferences, Emergency Legal Services, Professional Development Conferences, and various community outreach projects.Updated: Aug 19, 2016