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Local Government

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

July 23, 2013

2013 Local Government Section Annual Report

Leo P. Rogers, Chairman

As of June 17, 2013, the Local Government Section had 637 members.

The budget for fiscal year 2012-13 was $9,680.  The budget for 2013-14 is $9,616.

Annual Meeting CLE Program
The Local Government Section sponsored two continuing legal education programs at the VSB Conference in Virginia Beach.  The Friday morning session was co-sponsored with the Real Property Law Section and was entitled, “Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment – Cheers and Jeers.”  The afternoon session was co-sponsored with the Construction Law Section and was entitled, “Carnell Construction Corporation v. Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority, et al; Lessons from the Front Lines on Administering and Litigating Public Construction Contracts." An informal lunch was promoted by the Section and was well attended by members.

Journal of Local Government Law
The Section electronically published all four quarterly issues of the Journal in a timely manner.  The Journal remains a law review quality publication on current legal issues facing practitioners of local government law.  The Journal had articles on the topic of eminent domain, constitutional law, legislation, real property rights, financing and bonds, transportation, the appellate process, storm water management, construction contracts, working with FEMA, zoning litigation, limiting damages in construction cases, and how to enter the practice of local government law.

Significant Issues
The Section started electronically sending the Journal to its members last year.  The savings from printing and mailing costs helped to fund a fellowship program for law students with an interest in working in local government law.   A standing subcommittee has developed criteria for the program.  After an application process, the fellowship was awarded to Michael F. Kastener, who will be working this summer for Steven L. Micas, Esquire, in the Prince George County Attorney’s Office.

The Section has been using its webpage to keep members informed about activities of the Section and happenings in local government law.

Officers and New Members
The Officers for 2012-2013 were:  Leo P. Rogers, Chair; Erin Ward, Vice Chair; and Bonnie France, Secretary. Roderick R. Ingram was immediate past chair.  King George County Attorney, Eric Gregory served as a new Section member.

At the Section's annual meeting on June 14, 2013, the Section elected the following officers:  Erin Ward, Chair; Bonnie France, Vice Chair and Annie Kim, Secretary.  The Section members also voted to approve Bonnie France and Annie Kim to serve a second term.

For the complete 75th Annual Report of the Virginia State Bar, please visit

March 3, 2014

Winter 2014 Journal

The Winter 2014 Journal is available to members under the Publications link.

May 15, 2014

VSB Local Government Fellowship

The Board of Governors is delighted to announce that Jennifer Callahan has been selected as the 2014 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 Washington and Lee University School of Law, Jennifer is working this summer at the Richmond City 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 2015.