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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.

More information

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

Crigler photo

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.

November 12, 2015

2015 Fall Education & Practice Now Available

The 2015 Fall Education & Practice is now available in the member resources section.

January 26, 2016

Unique Legal Writing CLE Announced – Register Now!

April 28 & 29, 2016

Sponsored by
Section on the Education of Lawyers, VSB
Virginia CLE
Law Practice Management Division, VBA
The Legal Rhetoric Program, American University Washington College of Law

As a result of recommendations from the 2012 Conclave on the Education of Lawyers in Virginia about improving lawyers’ writing skills, the Section on the Education of Lawyers has developed a unique, day-and-a-half, intensive legal writing course for Virginia practitioners.  We are excited to announce that the program will take place this spring at American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.

Seemingly long in the making, the program development followed surveys and reports that our section prepared about responding to the legal writing challenges identified during the Conclave. Our collaboration with Virginia CLE, American University College of Law Professor David Spratt, and the VBA’s Law Practice Management Division was essential to the process.  We are also appreciative of the feedback and support from Conclave 2012 Chair and Vice Chair, Taylor Reveley and Bill Rakes, who are delighted that the momentum created during the Conclave has come to this fruition.

The course will be limited to only 32 attendees.  Detailed information regarding the schedule and faculty for the program may be found on the Virginia CLE website:

The program will provide classroom instruction as well as significant hands-on writing and editing experience for participants, working in small groups. Attendees not only will learn about effective legal writing techniques, but will also have opportunities to work on written products of their own with the oversight of the faculty. The workshop will focus on:

  • Basic grammar and writing strategies
  • Tailoring your legal writing to your recipients and purpose
  • Effectively writing a discussion or argument
  • The importance of persuasive characterization and fact emphasis
  • Understanding, and implementing, roadmaps and transitions
  • Ethical considerations in legal writing

Be sure to share this announcement with your colleagues and plan to register right away. The course is expected to fill quickly and space is very limited to allow the personal attention to attendees’ written products.

Proposed MCLE Credits: 11.0 MCLE credits, including 1 Ethics credit.

Schedule & Faculty  (.pdf)