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Local Government

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

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

April 6, 2017

Proposed Amendments to Section Bylaws

At its April 6, 2017 meeting, the Board of Governors of the Local Government Section voted to approve that proposed amendments to its bylaws be presented to the membership at the annual meeting of the Section, which will be held on Friday, June 16th, immediately following the VSB's Annual Meeting Showcase CLE V on Proffers at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel. The seminar is scheduled to conclude at 11:40 am. The proposed changes are not substantive in nature. They remove outdated language regarding the initial formation of the Section and bring the bylaws in conformity with current practices such as electronic publications. A black-lined copy of the proposed changes may be viewed here

April 10, 2017

Spring 2017 Journal

The Spring 2017 Journal is available to members under the Publications link.

May 3, 2017

Award of 2017 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 Board of Governors is delighted to announce that Callie Gibson been selected as this year’s Local Government Fellow. Her personal statement demonstrates in part why she was selected:

It was quite early in my college career that I began to spend my summers in legal internships. I loved seeing the ways in which our laws affect people every day, and the idea that I could help people better understand them. I loved the endless possibilities of types of cases and clients. I tried out big firms, small firms, courthouses and legislative offices. When I finally found my calling, I wanted to be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt. As I have learned more about the law, both in school and through my internship experience, it has become more evident that the best way to affect change is at the local level. Problems that nationally seem so abstract and too big to take on suddenly become concrete, familiar, and manageable. The " environment" becomes the river where local children play. The police force" becomes the campus officer that stayed with you until 1 a.m. while you waited for the tow truck. The " education system" became the Spanish teacher that always stayed after school to help students earn a passing grade. These are the people that we can, and should be working with in order to see real, positive change in the community. . . . I have never wanted to work in a high rise with a corner office. I belong in a smaller, more personal setting where my community, colleagues and I can learn from one another, with motivations greater than our salaries.

Callie is a rising 3L student at the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law. She will spend the summer interning at the Henrico County Attorney’s Office.

Applications for next year’s fellowship will open in February 2018. 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.