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Local Government

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

May 18, 2016

Award of 2016 Local Government Fellowship

First awarded in 2013, the Local Government Fellowship annually recognizes outstanding Virginia law students who will work full-time during the summer at a local government attorney’s office within the Commonwealth. The applicants for the 2016 Virginia State Bar Local Government Fellowship included one who sat in for fun at city council meetings as a high school student and one who recognizes at an early stage in her legal career how complex, and important, land use regulation is to the health and growth of localities. The Board of Governors is delighted to announce that Lauren Riley and Alyssa D’Angelo have been selected as this year’s Local Government Fellows. 

Both Laruen and Alyssa are rising 2L students at the William & Mary School of Law. Lauren will spend the summer interning at the Hampton City Attorney’s Office. Alyssa will work in the real estate division of the Virginia Beach City Attorney’s Office. In addition to sharing the $4,000 fellowship, Local Government Fellows receive 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 February 2017. More information about the VSB Local Government Fellowship is available at the section’s website.

This year's Fact Sheet and Application may be reviewed for informational purposes. 

August 1, 2016

2016 Local Government Section Annual Report

Lawrence S. Spencer, Jr., Chairman


As of September 1, 2015, the Local Government Law Section had 650 members.


The budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was $9,664.  Revenues collected in fiscal year 2016 exceeded budget and the Section completed the fiscal year with expenses under budget.  The budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 is $9,740.

Journal of Local Government Law:

The Section electronically published all four quarterly issues of the Journal of Local Government Law.  The Journal provided articles on various and diverse topics including election law, a review of a controversial UPL opinion regarding social workers, a review of the use of government facilities in light of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, protecting internal affairs files, issues associated with public employees and the use of social media, police body camera use, effective writing, changes to FOIA, the impact of Plumhoff v. Rickard on police pursuits, and changes to the Procurement Act. 

Local Government Fellowship Program for Law Students:

The Section awarded its annual fellowship to Alyssa D’Angelo and Lauren Riley.  The Local Government Law Student Fellowship Committee was chaired by Annie Kim.

Virginia State Bar annual meeting:

The section jointly sponsored, with the Construction Law and Litigation Sections, a Showcase CLE , “Official Acts and Honest Services in the Wake of U.S. v. McDonnell.” 

New Members of the Board of Governors:

At the annual meeting on June 17, 2016, the Section elected the following two new members to the Board of Governors for terms expiring June 30, 2019:

     Bernadette Peele -- Senior Assistant County Attorney, Prince William County Attorney's Office

     Jan Proctor -- Chesapeake City Attorney


At the annual meeting, the Board of Governors also elected the following officers:

     Chairman -- Charles Eric Young -- Tazewell County Attorney

     Vice Chairman -- Eric Anthony Gregory-- Hefty, Wiley & Gore

     Secretary – Lesa J. Yeatts – Herndon Town Attorney

For the complete 78th Annual Report of the Virginia State Bar, please visit

December 6, 2016

Fall 2016 Journal

The Fall 2016 Journal is available to members under the Publications link.

January 23, 2017

VSB Local Government Fellowship

Created in 2012, the Virginia State Bar (VSB) Local Government Fellowship seeks to attract promising future attorneys to the practice of local government law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. To this end, the Board of Governors of the VSB Local Government Section will award a $4,000 fellowship to an outstanding first or second-year law student who has committed to working full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks at a Virginia local government attorney’s office during the summer of 2017, or divide the fellowship between two students working full-time for a minimum of 5 weeks each. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to submit an article on a local government topic or an interview for potential publication in the VSB’s quarterly Journal of Local Government Law. Please encourage your summer interns to apply for this fellowship by April 1, 2017.  The application is available here and a Fellowship Fact Sheet is available here. Questions may be directed to