Senior Lawyers Conference

John Eure, Chair

As of June 1, 2020, the Senior Lawyers Conference (SLC) had 20,904 members, consisting of all VSB members 55 and older and in good standing. 

The SLC officers for the 2020-21 fiscal year are Margaret A. Nelson, Chair; Peter C. Burnett, Vice-Chair; Gary C. Hancock, Secretary, W. Carter Younger, Treasurer; and John D. Eure, Immediate Past Chair (ex officio). New board members for 2020-21 are Kathleen Dooley, the Hon. Colin Gibb, Bruce Sams, Edna Ruth Vincent.           

 The pandemic canceled the SLC’s annual recognition brunch for VSB members who have reached their 50thyear of membership during the preceding year, usually held at the VSB’s Annual Meeting, which was also cancelled. The VSB is sending the 236 recipients a certificate recognizing this important milestone.

SLC Vice-Chair Margaret Nelson, working with representatives from other VSB sections and conferences, planned a major CLE on professionalism and collegiality for the VSB Annual Meeting. We hope this hard work can be put to use at the 2021 annual meeting.

The SLC maintains and publishes the Senior Virginians Handbook (formerly, the Senior Citizens Handbook). Board member Barbara Anderson, as editor, oversaw a comprehensive revision of the 2013 edition, with assistance from other board members and Virginia lawyers. The 2020 edition is now available.

Senior Citizens Law Day programs continue to benefit seniors of Virginia. Bruce Robinson, SLC Law Day Chair, has refined the resources available to local bar associations that organize these programs. Those resources now include a video recording of a recent program organized by Bill Wilson, a former SLC Board member. The video is available through the SLC website. Each person attending a program gets a copy of the Senior Virginians Handbook.

Carrollyn Cox, the SLC Board’s Immediate Past Chair, continued working with the Young Lawyers Conference to develop effective mentorship models and programs. 

Until the pandemic intervened, Frank Brown, SLC Newsletter Chair, continued delivering, free of charge, his program “Protecting Your Client’s Interests in the Event of Your Disability, Death, or Other Disaster” to bar members around the state. Brown also produced the SLC Newsletter and oversaw the SLC’s content in the Virginia Lawyer. 

John Oakey, Jr., as SLC Pro Bono Liaison, continued encouraging Conference members to provide pro bono legal services to those who cannot afford them. 

W. Carter Younger, the SLC liaison with the VSB’s Litigation Section, reported to our Board on matters of common interest between the sections and helped develop the now-postponed CLE presentation professionalism and collegiality. 

We thank Walter Erwin III, of Lynchburg; David Helscher, of Roanoke; and Paul Mahoney, of Roanoke; who are rotating off our Board, for their dedicated service. We also thank Sylvia Daniel of the VSB staff for her continuing assistance and support of the Senior Lawyers Conference.

John D. Eure.

                                                                                    Chair, Board of Governors

                                                                                    Senior Lawyers Conference

Updated: Jul 17, 2020