Section News and Information
September 13, 2010
ALI ABA/ACLEA Critical Issues Summit RecommendationsCritical Issues Summit sponsored by ALI ABA and ACLEA (.pdf)
Equipping our Lawyers: Law School Education, Continuing Legal Education
and Legal Practice in the 21st Century
October 18, 2012
20th Anniversary Conclave Reports & Transcripts Now Available
20th Anniversary Conclave Reports & Transcripts are now available.
October 14, 2013
Legal Writing Task Force Report Available
The Legal Writing Task Force Report is available.
March 10, 2014
Hon. Elizabeth B. Lacy to Receive Rakes Leadership in Education Award
Elizabeth B. Lacy, Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, has been named the recipient of the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award from the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia.
July 31, 2014
2014-2015 Calendar of Meetings
Proposed Meeting Schedule (.pdf)
March 9, 2015
B. Waugh Crigler Named 2015 Rakes Leadership in Education Award Recipient
Retired Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler Receives VSB Leadership in Education Award
B. Waugh Crigler, retired US Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia, has been named the recipient of the William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award from the Virginia State Bar Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia.
The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision in developing and implementing innovative concepts to improve and enhance the state of legal education, and in advancing relationships and professionalism among members of the academy, the bench, and the bar within the legal profession in Virginia.
In nominating Crigler, retired Judge J. Martin Bass, of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, wrote: “As much as anyone I have known in my years as a lawyer and a judge, (Crigler) has made and continues to make significant contributions not only to the education of Lawyers, but also to enhancing meaningful collaboration among the three constituencies of the legal profession in the commonwealth…. He has made our profession stronger and better suited to meet the needs of a changing society by being himself, a consummate professional.”
Attorney William E. Glover wrote that Judge Crigler’s “actions derive from deep and thoughtful rumination on what it means to be a Virginia lawyer, and how to communicate that to law students – many of whom are inclined to dismiss professionalism as etiquette training and nothing more. Judge Crigler’s emphatic insistence on the value of professionalism to our clients, the bar, the bench and to our communities resonates as heartfelt and fundamentally true. Any law student or young lawyer who hears him discuss it is fortunate.”
The award was established in 2012 to honor former Virginia State Bar president and founder of the Section on the Education of Lawyers, William R. Rakes, a senior partner with the Roanoke firm of Gentry Locke.
The award, which is underwritten by Gentry Locke, is to be presented June 18, 2015, at the Virginia State Bar’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach.
Crigler has a long and distinguished career as a lawyer, judge, and teacher. He has served as a faculty member for the VSB’s Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course since 1995. In 1998, he was appointed to the bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism, and later became its vice chair. He helped to develop a curriculum for a professionalism program that was instituted in all law schools in the commonwealth in 2000. He served as chair or co-chair of the Law School Professionalism program until 2003, and remains an active faculty member for the program.
Crigler has served on the board of governors of the State Bar’s Litigation Section since 2009. In 2006, he was elected to the board of governors of the State Bar’s Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia, and has served as vice chair since 2010. While serving on these boards, Judge Crigler has written numerous articles advancing trial skills and professional and ethical practice.
He received a B.A. in History from Washington & Lee University in 1970, and a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1973. Following graduation from law school, Crigler served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert L. Taylor in the Eastern District of Tennessee and later practiced in Culpeper. In October 1981, the Hon. James C. Turk appointed Crigler as United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Virginia. In 1991, Crigler was named by the chief justice of the United States as a member of the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee on which he served until 1997. In September 2013, after thirty-two years on the bench, Judge Crigler retired, and in January 2014, he joined The McCammon Group as a neutral.
Crigler and his wife Anne will celebrate forty-five years of marriage in June 2015. They have three children and five grandchildren.
July 24, 2015
New Board of Governors Elected for 2015-2016
New Board of Governors elected for 2015-2016.
July 24, 2015
2014-2015 Annual Report Available
The 2014-2015 Annual Report is available.
September 4, 2015
Call for Nominations - William R. Rakes Leadership in Education Award
The Section on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia has established an award to honor William R. Rakes, of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP, for his longstanding and dedicated efforts in the field of legal education, both in Virginia and nationally. The inaugural award was presented to Mr. Rakes in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary Conclave on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia sponsored by the Virginia State Bar’s Section on the Education of Lawyers in April 2012.
2015 Recipient - Retired Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler - June 18, 2015
2014 Recipient - Hon. Elizabeth B. Lacy - June 12, 2014
2013 Recipient – W. Taylor Reveley III – June 13, 2013
2012 Inaugural Recipient – William R. Rakes - April 22, 2012
The award recognizes a lawyer in good standing in Virginia from the bench, the practicing bar or the academy who has:
(1) demonstrated exceptional leadership and vision in developing and implementing innovative concepts to improve and enhance the state of legal education, and in enhancing relationships and professionalism among members of the academy, the bench and the bar within the legal profession in Virginia; and
(2) made a significant contribution (a) to improving legal education in Virginia, both in law school and throughout a lawyer’s career; and (b) to enhancing communication, cooperation and meaningful collaboration among the three constituencies of the legal profession.
Nominations will be invited annually by the Board of Governors of the Section on the Education of Lawyers, although the award may only be made from time to time at the discretion of the selection committee appointed by the Section’s Board of Governors. The selection committee will include five (5) members: at least three members of the Section on the Education of Lawyers, with one each from the bench, the practicing bar and the academy, including the Chair of the Section; and at least one former award winner.
When a nominee is selected, the award will be presented at a special event to include a reception for the honoree and his/her family, friends and colleagues; past award recipients; and special guests. The Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP will continue to underwrite the award and the special event to honor award recipients on an ongoing basis.
Please submit the nomination form below, together with a letter describing specifically the manner in which your nominee meets the criteria established for the award. Nominations should be addressed to Professor James E. Moliterno, Section Chair, and submitted with your nomination letter to the Virginia State Bar. Nominations must be received no later than December 7, 2015.
For questions about the nomination process, please contact Elizabeth L. Keller, Assistant Executive Director for Bar Services: email@example.com (804) 775-0516.
Call for nominations (.pdf)