General Practice Section

Linda Y. Lambert, chair

Since 1986 the General Practice Section has been dedicated to serving the members of our legal community by planning and conducting diverse programs and activities and distributing educational and professional materials to enhance the competence and skills of our members. The Section Board of Governors has worked very hard this year to try to effectively meet the needs and desires of section members by continuing to enhance our programming and services.

In fall 2008 the General Practice Section cosponsored the annual First Day in Practice Seminar with the Young Lawyers Conference. With more than 165 attendees this year and a phenomenal panel of speakers, this seminar served as an invaluable tool to new bar admittees as well as some of our more seasoned members. Participants received a vast overview of practice tips and real-life essentials from Virginia lawyers and judges.

In May 2009 we cosponsored the Fourth Annual Virginia CLE Solo & Small Firm Institute in Charlottesville. This two-day seminar highlighted various topics essential to lawyers who strive to improve their knowledge and skills in the general practice of law. Our speakers this year consisted of lawyers, judges, legal technology consultants, and marketing and business consultants. They provided insightful tips on how to effectively manage a practice while staying up-to-date with legal technology.

In June 2009, our section teamed with the Young Lawyers Conference to cosponsor the workshop “Unlock Your Potential” at the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach. This seminar explored facets of establishing and maintaining a solo or small-firm practice. The topics that were addressed included law practice management, employee issues for the solo or small firm practitioner, accounting and bookkeeping, and advertising and getting good clients. We presented a panel of five speakers from various areas of Virginia. We also had the pleasure of presenting our Tradition of Excellence Award to Judge Marilyn C. Goss of the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

The board of governors continued to provide our members with a home for gathering resources and information to better serve their clients. We have been committed to keeping the members well-informed of current events, planned activities for section members, proposed Virginia State Bar rule changes, and issues of interest to general practitioners through the publication of our newsletters. Our section has also maintained a website that posts section activities and links to resources.

Our section for the 2009 fiscal year comprised 786 attorneys, with 690 active members and 91 judicial members.  We started off the year with a budget of $26,230, and as of June 2009 our remaining balance was $13,865.56. Our section had the pleasure of working with our new VSB liaison, Catherine D. Huband. Her assistance and dedication to our section was invaluable and truly helped us to effectively and efficiently conduct a successful program year.

Updated: Sep 01, 2009