Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations

Charles M. Lollar, Chair

Mission: Local and specialty bar associations in Virginia comprise the Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations. The conference was established to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the VSB and the local and specialty bar associations in the Commonwealth. It sponsors a Bar Leaders Institute each year to help new local and specialty bar officers plan their bar year and assists them with ethical issues, various programs and internal management policies and procedures; sponsors Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forums open to all VSB members; sponsors awards of merit, a Local Bar Leader of the Year Award, Specialty Bar Leader of the Year Award, and Bar Association of the Year Award; maintains an information database; and makes executive committee and staff members available for technical assistance or presentations to local and specialty bars. The conference publishes The Connection online newsletter with information of interest to bar leaders. The CLSBA also edits, prints and distributes the So You're 18 handbook, and created the website, which is used by many groups to inform young adults of their rights and responsibilities upon turning 18.

The Bar Leaders Institute was held at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on April 12, 2019. The Honorable Roger L. Gregory was the keynote speaker. There were 63 registrants for this program. Topics for the day included Nuts and Bolts, Resources, and Social Media for Bar Associations; a Projects Showcase; Pro Bono Initiatives for Bar Associations; and Ethics for the Bar Leader. We would like to thank the BLI subcommittee that put together another phenomenal program – Chris Mougin-Boal, Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap, Luis Perez, and Marcus Scriven. The newly appointed subcommittee for 2019-20 is already planning the 2020 BLI, which will be held Friday, March 6, 2020, in Richmond. 

On October 18, 2018, the CLSBA presented the Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum in Wytheville. Justice Mims joined us for a Town Hall Meeting. The day offered 5.5 hours of live CLE, with 2 hours of Ethics. There were 119 attendees at this program.

The CLSBA hosted its second Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum in Suffolk on March 26, 2018.  The day offered 6 hours of live CLE, with 2 hours of Ethics. There were 120 attendees at this event.

The third and final Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum for 2018-19 was held at Fredericksburg Hospitality House. The Honorable Stephen R. McCullough joined us for a Town Hall Meeting. The day offered 6 hours of live CLE, with 2 hours of Ethics. There were 140 attendees at this event.

We have started planning the 2019-20 Solo & Small Firm Practitioner Forums. Potential locations include Harrisonburg, Danville, and the Eastern Shore.

The So You’re 18 pamphlets continue being presented as part of driver’s licensing ceremonies in the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts in many venues across the state. They are also distributed through local bars, schools, detention centers, voter registrars, social services agencies and other interested groups. Blueprints for a panel discussion also are available to local and statewide bar associations.

The CLSBA’s Annual Meeting and Breakfast was held on June 14, 2019, during the VSB Annual Meeting.  Bar associations receiving Awards of Merit were the Loudoun Chapter, VWAA; Hill Tucker Bar Association; Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association; Roanoke Bar Association; and The Prince William County Bar Association, Inc. The winner of the Local Bar Leader of the Year Award was Barbara S. Anderson; the Specialty Bar Leader of the Year Award winner was Sarah M. Saville; and the Bar Association of the Year Award went to the Hill Tucker Bar Association

The CLSBA Executive Committee for 2019-2020, was elected at the Annual Meeting: Officers – Lewis A. Martin III, Chair, Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association; Susan N.G. Rager, Chair-elect, Northern Neck Bar Association; Sandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap, Secretary, Danville Bar Association; Roy V. Creasy, Treasurer, Roanoke Bar Association; Charles M. “Chuck” Lollar, Immediate Past Chair, Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association; At-Large Members – Nicholas J. Gehrig, Alexandria Bar Association; John A. Merrick, The Bar Association of the City of Richmond; Christine H. Mougin-Boal, Loudoun County Bar Association; Christina T. Parrish, Hill Tucker Bar Association; Luis A. Perez-Pietri, Fairfax Bar Association; W. Marcus Scriven, South Hampton Roads Bar Association; Dillina W. Stickley, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association; Reiss F. Wilks, Virginia Creditors Bar Association; and M. Rachel Wolfe, Wise County & City of Norton Bar Association.

The CLSBA continually seeks to improve its efforts to better serve the needs of Virginia's local, statewide and specialty bar associations, to identify best practices and inform bar leaders of developments and trends on issues of importance to association leadership.

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the CLSBA, the local and specialty bar associations, and the many lawyers who attended the events sponsored by the CLSBA this year I extend our heartfelt thanks to Paulette Davidson for her professionalism, attention to detail, guidance, patience, and ability to target and coordinate volunteers with just the perfect blend of talents and skills to implement high quality programming. We also thank Karen Gould for her support of these efforts and the mission of the CLSBA.

Updated: Jul 31, 2019