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Education of Lawyers

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

September 13, 2010

ALI ABA/ACLEA Critical Issues Summit Recommendations

Critical 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

Justice Lacy photoElizabeth 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.

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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

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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.

March 14, 2016

Lemons Named 2016 Recipient of Rakes Leadership in Education Award

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Donald W. Lemons, Chief 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.

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.

Throughout his career, Chief Justice Lemons has been involved in educational efforts to improve the quality of lawyers in the commonwealth. He began lecturing in numerous continuing legal education seminars sponsored by the bar early in his career. He was a member of the MCLE Board, and was on the faculty of the Judicial Conference of Virginia and the Judicial Conference for District Courts. For years he served on the faculty of the bar’s annual disciplinary conference and on the faculty for the bar’s Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course. He was also a member of the board of governors for the Education Section of the bar from 1994-97. 

In his letter nominating Chief Justice Lemons for the award, Robert K. Walsh, dean emeritus on the Wake Forest University School of Law, wrote: “He has been passionate about educating law students and young lawyers. In addition to his leadership of the American Inns, Justice Lemons has taught and been very well received by students at several of the Virginia law schools. It is hard to imagine someone who has contributed more to legal education in your state and the nation.”

Chief Justice Lemons served as the A. L. Philpott Distinguished Adjunct Professor from 1998-2000 and the John Marshall Professor of Judicial Studies from 2005-2007 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Since 2007, Chief Justice Lemons has been the Distinguished Professor of Judicial Studies at Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he teaches his extremely popular appellate advocacy class.

Chief Justice Lemons has also been very engaged in the American Inns of Court. The mission of the American Inns of Court is to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education, and mentoring. In 2014 he finished two terms as president of the American Inns Of Court. He has also been the Master of the Bench in both the John Marshall Inn of Court and the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn of Court, and he was the president of the John Marshall Inn of Court in 2002-2004. In 2008, he was awarded the rare honor of being named an Honorary Master of the Bench by the Middle Temple Inn of Court in London.

Wyatt B. Durrett Jr., of DurretteCrump PLC in Richmond, wrote: “There are few who can match Don’s contribution to the field of education in the legal profession and he is highly deserving of this recognition.”

Among Chief Justice Lemon’s many awards are the Virginia Trial Lawyers’ Distinguished Service Award (2012), and the William Green Award for Professional Excellence (2006), which is the highest honor awarded by the University of Richmond School of Law.

May 3, 2016

4/28-29 - Legal Writing Pilot CLE Held - Listen to Audio Excerpt Here

Legal Writing Pilot CLE Held - Listen to Audio Excerpt Here

May 12, 2016

2016 Spring Education & Practice Now Available

The 2016 Spring Education & Practice is now available in the member resources section.

July 19, 2016

2015-2016 Annual Report Available

The 2015-2016 Annual Report is available.

July 20, 2016

New Board of Governors Elected for 2016-2017

New Board of Governors elected for 2016-2017.