About the Section
History of the General Practice Section:
General practice attorneys have traditionall made up a large portion of the Virginia State Bar's membership. The General Practice Section was established in February 1986 by the Virginia State Bar in an effort to serve and provide assistance to the general practice attorneys throughout the Commonwealth.
The Honorable Gerald B. Lee was the first attorney to serve as Chairman of the General Practice Section. Years later, Judge Lee went on to become a Circuit Court Judge for Fairfax County, and is now a Federal District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Among other first, the General Pracrtice Section hosted the first Continuing Legal Education Seminar in Virginia to be televised by satellite to multiple locations throughout the Commonwealth.
Purpose of the General Practice Section:
The purpose of the General Practice Section in to plan and conduct continuing legal education seminars and programs, publish and distribute education and professional material, and to undertake such other diverse activities as shall enhance the competence and skill of Virginia lawyers engaged in the general practice of law
Highlights of General Practice Section Activities:
The General Practice Section:
- Created and sponsors the First Day in Practice CLE Seminar, a program which in always extremely popular with new Virginia attorneys.
- Created and sponsors the Tradition of Excellence Award, an award which annually recognizes outstanding general practice attorneys in Virginia who embody the highest tradition of personal and professional excellenceand who have significantly benefited their community and helped to enhance the image and esteem of general practice attorneys in the Commonwealth.
- Created and publishes the General Practice Plus newsletter, a valuable source of information and practice tips for Virginia attorneys.
- Sponsors a yearly CLE Workshop and The Lawyers Expo at the VSB Annual Meeting in June.