June 20, 2011
Highlights of the June 16, 2011, Virginia State Bar Council Meeting
At its meeting on June 16, 2011, in Virginia Beach, the Virginia State Bar Council heard the following significant reports and took the following actions:
The council approved a $12.7 million budget for 2011-12. Projected revenues reflect a dues decrease of $25 for active Virginia State Bar members and $12.50 for associate members.
Online Dues Renewal
VSB Executive Director Karen A. Gould reported that the new online dues renewal feature at VSB.org was used by more than three thousand attorneys, who paid approximately $680,000 between the May 24 launch date and the council meeting. The VSB anticipates that the feature will decrease the number of attorneys who incur late fees.
YLC Bylaws Amendment
The council voted to extend the age at which Young Lawyers Conference members can serve on the board of governors. Before the extension, board members had to leave at age thirty-six unless they were on the YLC executive committee. Under the bylaw change, board members may serve until their terms are over.
Rule 1A:3 Study Committee
At the request of the Supreme Court, President Irving M. Blank appointed a committee to study changes that would be needed to Court Rule 1A:3 for the VSB to revoke certificates issued to foreign attorneys admitted to practice here pursuant to Rule 1A:1, the reciprocity rule.
Legal Ethics Bylaws Amendment
The council voted to reduce the number of Standing Committee on Legal Ethics members who are also members of the council from three to two. The change is found in the VSB and Council Bylaws Part II, Article VIII, Standing Committees.
Marni E. Byrum Recognized
The council commended Marni E. Byrum of Alexandria for twenty years of bar service. Among her many contributions are steering the development of ethical rules that govern multijurisdictional practice.
Bar Staff Changes
The council welcomed Kathryn Ramey Montgomery to the post of deputy bar counsel, succeeding Harry M. Hirsch, who retired after twenty-seven years with the VSB. The council also bid farewell to Valerie L. Breeden, who served as executive assistant to Executive Director Gould and Gould’s predecessor, Thomas A. Edmonds. Breeden will be working for the Supreme Court as assistant to Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr.
Thanks Expressed to Voluntary Bars
The council thanked the Virginia Bar Association and Virginia Trial Lawyers Associations, their presidents, and their executives for helping the Virginia State Bar prevent a proposed transfer of $5 million from the VSB budget to the state General Fund during the 2011 session of the General Assembly.