Senior Lawyers Conference

Renae Reed Patrick, Chair                                            

All members of the Virginia State Bar in good standing who reach the age of fifty-five are automatically members of the Senior Lawyers Conference. No dues are required to participate in the activities of the SLC. This year the conference had over 17,000 members. To make the new members aware of the opportunities available as members of the SLC, a birthday greeting is sent to each member of the Virginia State Bar during the month of their 55th birthday accompanied by a copy of the Senior Citizens Handbook. The “birthday letter” provides the SLC website, as well as contact information for the VSB.

The budget for the conference in 2014-2015 was $25,000. Budgeted expenses include reimbursements for travel and other expenses incident to the conference meetings in Charlottesville, the printing of the next edition of the Senior Citizens Handbook, providing free Senior Citizen Handbooks to attendees of Senior Citizen Law Day presentations hosted by various members of the Senior Lawyers Conference in their respective geographic areas, and the sponsoring of the brunch and presentation of fifty-year plaques at the VSB Annual Meeting. Copies of the Senior Citizens Handbook are available by contacting Stephanie Blanton, the liaison between the SLC and the Virginia State Bar. They are available individually and in bulk.

The tree planting program, designated "Trees for Virginia" and started by John Tate in 2011, was continued by the SLC. Bruce Robinson assumed the chair of the project after John’s untimely death. Various kinds of saplings were distributed to individuals and organizations in the commonwealth free of charge. It is anticipated that this valuable program, funded entirely by voluntary contributions, will continue far into the future. In 2015, approximately 3,365 trees were planted.

Senior Citizens Law Days have been conducted by the conference in cooperation with local bar associations. These programs were presented in Franklin County, Henrico County, Warren County, Virginia Beach, and Winchester. Other programs are planned for later in 2015.

Frank Brown continues to offer, at no charge, his CLE program titled “Protecting Lawyers and Clients Interests in the Event of Death or Disability” throughout the state. The terms of the program can be tailored to suit the audience, usually local bar associations. CLE ethics credits are approved for the program. 

Officers for the 2014-2015 fiscal year were Renae Reed Patrick, chair; Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., chair-elect; Bruce E. Robinson, secretary; Robert E. Hawthorne, treasurer; and John M. Oakey, immediate past chair.  New members of the SLC Executive Committee who will take office on July 1, 2015, are Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., chair; Bruce E. Robinson, chair-elect; Robert E. Hawthorne, secretary; Carrollyn C. Cox, treasurer; and Renae Reed Patrick, immediate past chair.

The conference hosted a brunch on Saturday, June 20, 2015 to honor those attorneys and judges who have been members of the VSB for fifty years.  The event was well-attended by the honorees, their families, and friends, as well as VSB dignitaries. Group and individual photos were taken and were mailed to each honoree.  Thirty-six, fifty-year veterans were present.

Many thanks to Stephanie Blanton for her help as liaison throughout the year.

Updated: Jul 27, 2015