Conference of Local Bar Associations

William T. Wilson, chair

The Conference of Local Bar Associations (CLBA) had a great year in fiscal 2008-09. We presented two successful Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Forums. They took place in July 2008 at Regent University and May 2009 at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

The Bar Leaders Institute was held on April 15, 2009, at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. Approximately eight-five persons attended.

The CLBA held its annual breakfast on June19, 2009, during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.  The Bar Leader of the Year Award went to Rupen R. Shah, the immediate past president of the Augusta County Bar Association.  In addition, fourteen awards were presented to bar associations. The breakfast was well attended.

The CLBA’s flagship project for 2008-09 was a panel discussion on the So You’re 18 handbook for high school juniors and seniors. The CLBA has a blueprint of the program available, as well as handbooks.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the local and statewide bars for letting me serve them. My thanks also go out to the members of the CLBA Executive Committee who have been hard working and supportive: Gifford R. Hampshire, Nancy M. Reid, Edward L. Weiner, John Y. Richardson Jr., Mary M. Benzinger, Jack W. Burtch Jr., Sandra T. Chinn Gilstrap, P. George Eliades II, Eugene M. Elliott Jr., Vanessa L. Jones, George W. Nolley, Susan F. Pierce, and Dillina W. Stickley.

Of course, without steady guidance from Paulette Davidson, our VSB liaison, I would have been lost most of the time, so a big thank you goes out to her. Other VSB staff — Patricia A. Sliger, Mary Yancey Spencer, Toni B. Dunson, Valerie L. Breeden, Elizabeth L. Keller, Theresa B. Patrick and, of course, VSB Executive Director Karen A. Gould — have been invaluable to me and to the executive committee. I thank you all.

Updated: Aug 27, 2009