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May 18, 2018

Fairfax Bar Association Named 2018 Bar Association of the Year

The Virginia State Bar Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations has named the Fairfax Bar Association the Bar Association of the Year.

The Fairfax Bar Association (FBA), has over 2,000 members, making it the largest voluntary bar association in the commonwealth with judges, lawyers, paralegals, law students and legal staff working among its ranks. The FBA leadership includes: Thomas W. Repczynski of Offit Kurman, president; Richard A. Gray of Offit Kurman, past president; Christie A. Leary of the Law Offices of Christie A. Leary, PC, president-elect; Luis A. Perez of Luis A. Perez, PC, vice-president; Donna R. Banks of the Fairfax County Attorney’s Office, treasurer; and Christopher A. Costa of the Fairfax County Attorney’s Office, general counsel. Directors are Aaron J. Christoff of Aaron J. Christoff, PC; Lacey Ullman Conn of Thomas, Thomas, & Hafer LLP; and Joseph B. Dailey of Joseph B. Dailey PLLC.

The FBA was nominated by executive director Courtnie L. Norris who enumerated the many programs that the bar supports including the Fairfax Law Foundation, book drives, Jazz4Justice, Heroes vs. Villains 5K, the FBA Paralegal food drive, and the Young Lawyers Toys for Tots.

The FBA also manages the Northern Virginia Pro Bono Law Center and donates thousands of dollars and thousands of legal hours to the Center to assist low-income Fairfax county residents with civil, family, employment, landlord-tenant and many other legal issues.

In the community, the FBA had over 200 members volunteer for programs with schools including court tours, mock trials, classroom speakers, and the Devonshire Program that educates at-risk teenagers about drug and alcohol related legal issues. Additionally, the FBA operates a law library at the Fairfax County Courthouse that is open to the public and serves more than 60,000 people each year. The FBA has also developed a new Pro Se program designed to assist both the public and the courts with the swelling number of pro se domestic cases.

The Bar Association of the Year award recognizes these lasting and exemplary contributions to Virginia lawyers and all Virginians. The award also recognizes the dedication of local and statewide bar associations in their efforts to improve their communities and the legal system.

The Fairfax Bar Association will receive the Bar Association of the Year Award on June 15, 2017 at the Virginia State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.

Updated: May 18, 2018