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Local Government

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

August 13, 2014

2014 Local Government Section Annual Report

Erin C. Ward, Chair

As of June 23, 2014, the Section had 645 members, including 29 judges.

Annual Meeting CLE Programs:
The Section co-sponsored a continuing legal education program at the VSB Annual Meeting titled “Public-Private Partnerships: Smooth Sailing or Choppy Waters in the Wake of Elizabeth River Crossings and VDOT v. Meeks?”  The co-sponsors were the Construction Law & Public Contracts, Real Property, Administrative Law and Environmental Law Sections.

Significant Issues:
The Section electronically published three of the four quarterly issues of the Journal of Local Government Law.  Several authors were unable to meet deadlines for the Spring issue, and so the Section cancelled that edition and used the cost savings as an opportunity to bring the budget back into line.  As we approached the end of the fiscal year, the Section was projecting a slight budget shortfall because the costs of the Spring edition of the Journal from the previous fiscal year had been paid out of this year’s budget.  With that adjustment, the Section is well-positioned to remain on budget in the coming year.

During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Section’s Board of Governors established a fellowship to be awarded to one law student who has accepted an offer to work full-time at a local government attorney office.  The 2014 fellowship, for $4,000, was awarded to Jennifer Callahan, who is working this summer in the City Attorney’s Office in Richmond.

Officers and Members:
The Officers for 2013-2014 were:  Erin C. Ward, Chair; Bonnie France, Vice Chair; and, Annie Kim, Secretary. Leo Rogers was immediate past chair and remains as a Board member for his unexpired term..

At the Section’s annual meeting on June 13, 2014, the Section elected the following officers:  Bonnie France, Chair; Annie Kim, Vice Chair; and Lawrence Spencer, Secretary.  The Section members also voted to approve Andrew McRoberts, Sharon Pandak, Larry Spencer, Lesa Yeatts, and Eric Young to serve a second term.

For the complete 76th Annual Report of the Virginia State Bar, please visit

May 10, 2015

Spring 2015 Journal

The Spring 2015 Journal is available to members under the Publications link.

May 11, 2015

Award of 2015 Local Government Fellowship

The Board of Governors is delighted to announce that Shannon Fitzgerald has been selected as the 2015 Virginia State Bar Local Government Fellow.  First awarded in 2013, the Local Government Fellowship recognizes each year one outstanding Virginia law student who will work full-time during the summer at a local government attorney’s office within the Commonwealth.  As a rising 3L student at the University of Richmond School of Law, Shannon is working this summer at the Henrico County Attorney’s Office.  In addition to receiving a $4,000 fellowship, the Local Government Fellow also receives the opportunity to submit a piece for potential publication in the Journal of Local Government Law.  Applications for next year’s fellowship will open in January 2016. This year's Fact Sheet and Application may be reviewed for informational purposes.