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June 25, 2010

George Warren Shanks of Luray Is President-elect of VSB


George Warren Shanks, who began a practice in Luray thirty-three years ago after working for U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr., is the Virginia State Bar’s new president-elect. He will serve a year, then succeed Irving M. Blank of Richmond for the 2011–12 term as president of the agency that regulates and supports 45,000 Virginia lawyers.

Shanks took the office June 18 during the VSB’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Shanks earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Temple University. He began his legal career at a firm in Winchester before he joined Byrd’s staff as a special assistant in 1972. Five years later, he moved to Luray, where he is now a partner in the firm Miller, Earle & Shanks PLLC.

Shanks served in the Virginia Army National Guard from 1969 until 1974, and in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1974 until 1975.

Shanks is the county attorney and commissioner of accounts for Page County, and he is a commissioner in chancery in the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit. In 1986, he created the award-winning Law-Related Education Project of the Page County Bar Association. Through the program, which continues to this day, attorneys visit classrooms to talk to public school students about the law, and students are taken on a field trip to the U.S. Supreme Court..

He was named a Local Bar Leader of the Year by the VSB in 1990, and he has been an active volunteer at the agency for many years. His service has included professional discipline, substantive law, member support services, and administration of the agency.

He sat on the district committee that hears lawyer disciplinary cases in his region; is on the board of Lawyers Helping Lawyers, a program that assists attorneys impaired by substance abuse and mental illness; served on the board of governors of the General Practice Section that educates members on substantive law; was chair of the Conference of Local Bar Associations, which provides support to practitioners throughout Virginia, and the Senior Lawyers Conference, which gives voice to lawyers aged 55 and older; and is a member of the bar’s governing Council and Executive Committee.

He also is on the board of directors of Blue Ridge Legal Services.

Shanks and his wife, Janice D. Butler, have between them nine children and 11 grandchildren. They reside in Warren County.

Updated: May 20, 2011