Senior Lawyers Conference

John G. Mizell Jr., chair

The Virginia State Bar Senior Lawyers Conference is the largest VSB conference, with more than 14,000 members — all lawyers fifty-five years of age and older and in good standing. Set forth below are the activities for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

Meetings of Board of Governors
The Board of Governors met in September, December, February, and April in the Jefferson Room of Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville.

Senior Citizens Law Day Programs
This project has become the flagship program of the Senior Lawyers Conference. It was developed by past chair William T. Wilson and initiated five years ago with a program in the Covington area. A blueprint is available for publicizing and presenting the program. Customarily the Senior Citizens Handbook is distributed in conjunction with this program. This has been an extremely popular and well-received program throughout the state. During the 2009-10 year, Senior Law Day Programs were presented by:

•    the Northern Neck Bar Association, under the leadership of F. Warren Haynie Jr., in the Essex County District Courthouse in Tappahannock;
•    Frank O. Brown Jr. and his son, Matthew Brown, at First Baptist Church in Richmond; and
•    the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, spearheaded by Rick Richmond, in the Charlottesville City Council chambers. This program was the first to be videotaped and replayed on public television.

Additional programs are in the planning stages for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Senior Citizens Handbook
This valuable resource remains one of the VSB’s most requested publications. The most recent edition underwent extensive revision and redesign in the spring of 2009. Approximately 9,968 copies were distributed to nonprofits, the legal community, and the public between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. In March of 2010, copies were sent to each member of the Virginia General Assembly with a cover letter from the president of the Virginia State Bar and the chair of the Senior Lawyers Conference. The current edition is available online through the Senior Lawyers Conference website, at, and is also available in print by contacting the Virginia State Bar office at (804) 775-0521 or Printed copies are available free of charge to nonprofit groups and otherwise for $4 per copy.

“Checklist for Closing a Law Practice”
An initiative for the Senior Lawyers Conference during 2009-10 was a project to try to help the VSB be more proactive and lessen the unfortunate proliferation of expensive receiverships for former law practices. Frank O. Brown Jr. prepared a draft document which is now under review by a committee headed by Edwin A. Bischoff of Henrico. We hope to have approval and availability of this resource in the fall of 2010.

”Protecting Your and Your Clients’ Interests in the Event of Your Disability, Death, or Other Disaster”
Newsletter editor and former chair Frank O. Brown Jr. has continued to present this program to groups of attorneys throughout the commonwealth. The program has received excellent reviews and can be presented for either one or two hours of continuing legal education credits. Through these programs, the SLC provides education and encouragement to lawyers to properly plan for their own disability or death. More information is available at

Virginia Lawyer
The April 2010 edition of the Virginia Lawyer magazine was a dedicated issue for the Senior Lawyers Conference and featured articles by Frank O. Brown Jr., Jack W. Burtch Jr., John M. Oakey Jr., and the Honorable Wayne L. Bell. The SLC chair prepared the SLC Chair’s Column for each of the several issues through the year.

Senior Lawyers News
Our newsletter editor, Frank O. Brown Jr., publishes an outstanding newsletter during the year. This newsletter receives approximately eight thousand hits per year.
Workshop at Annual Meeting
The Senior Lawyers Conference, together with the General Practice Section and the Trusts and Estates Section of the VSB, sponsored a workshop at the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach on June 18, 2010, titled “Basic Estate Administration for the General Practitioner.” John Oakey of Richmond served as moderator, with Frank Brown of Henrico, Robert T. Vaughan Jr. of Danville, and Samuel W. Meekins Jr. and Edward R. Stolle, both of Virginia Beach, as presenters. The program provided practical information to attorneys regarding the administration of estates and was very well received.

Brunch to Honor VSB 50-Year Members
The conference recognized nineteen fifty-year members of the VSB and presented them with plaques during the annual meeting.

Updated: Jun 29, 2011