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June 24, 2010

Irving M. Blank of Richmond Is New VSB President


Irving M. Blank, a Richmond personal injury attorney, is the new president of the Virginia State Bar — the state agency that regulates Virginia’s 45,000 lawyers.

Blank, who was sworn in June 18 during the VSB’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach, succeeds Jon D. Huddleston of Leesburg.  He will serve a one-year term that ends in June 2011.

Blank has been a lawyer since 1967, and practices with Paris Blank LLP. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a law degree from the University of Richmond. He was reared in Danville and has practiced in Richmond throughout his career.

He has served on the bar’s governing council since 2003 and on the VSB Executive Committee since 2006. He has been on the faculty for the bar’s Professionalism Course that is required for all lawyers, and on the Budget and Finance Committee. He also is a liaison for the VSB committee that reviews candidates for Virginia judgeships.

Blank is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the John Marshall American Inn of Court, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. A longtime member of the board of directors of the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, he will continue that position during his presidency.

He was a member of the Virginia Bar Association commission that developed the Virginia Principles of Professionalism, an aspirational set of standards for attorney conduct.

Blank and his wife, the former Rhona Mandel of Richmond, have a daughter, Lisa Looney of Richmond; a son, Jonathan T. Blank, an attorney in Charlottesville; and four grandchildren.

Updated: Jun 24, 2010