The VSB Communications Department oversees the production of publications for bar members, including Virginia Lawyer and Virginia Lawyer Register. Published six times a year, the magazine is distributed to all members of the Virginia State Bar, judges, law libraries, other state bar associations, the media and general subscribers.
The department coordinates production of more than 20 brochures and booklets on law related issues. These publications are for use by attorneys and the general public, and cover such topics as domestic relations, how attorneys charge, senior citizens rights, intellectual property, advice on home purchases and information about the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service. The department manages and promotes the Law in Society Competition for high school students. The VSB website is also maintained by the department, which has added such features as current disciplinary actions and real-time access to MCLE and membership data. This was accomplished at no cost to the bar with the assistance of Virginia Interactive.
The department produces Video Briefs, an informative series about the Virginia State Bar’s services and resources, and about legal topics of interest to the general public. The Virginia State Bar Family Law Section also produces the Spare the Child video, which is intended to help guide parents and families through the difficult and often overwhelming task of restructuring a family after a divorce.
A Communications Committee, made up of volunteer attorneys, works with the department to manage ongoing projects and develop new ones. The committee instituted a public education campaign to promote the positive things done by lawyers for the public and individual clients. The campaign was developed at no cost to the VSB by the Virginia Commonwealth University Adcenter and has received widespread acclaim from other state bars and the advertising community. The ads are available to local bar associations for their use and placement in local media.Updated: Jul 21, 2014