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Learning from each other

The annual meeting of the American Bar Association is a chance to meet other bar leaders to swap knowledge and ideas.

By Jon D. Huddleston, July 31, 2009

One of the great benefits of the ABA annual meeting is the opportunity to meet and renew acquaintances with the leaders of the various other state bar associations across the country. There have been two such opportunities in Chicago. Virginia is a member of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents. At this meeting, we heard from each state’s representative, usually the association’s president, to hear about their projects and activities. I reported on our Bar Council’s passage of the diversity initiative. I told the delegation of our strategic planning measures and our budgetary successes. It also gave me the opportunity to talk about the Virginia is for good lawyers campaign — to showcase The Big Picture, videos on our site and on our YouTube channel, as well as our essay project, Reflections.

The second opportunity is at the meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. I have attended programs on social media and member initiatives during a tough economy. The programs have been excellent.

Our Executive Director of the Virginia State Bar, Karen Gould, served as a panelist at a workshop on retirement senior lawyer needs, where she highlighted the successes of our accomplished Senior Lawyers Conference. Immediate Past-president, Manny Capsalis, is present and attending the workshops as well. This afternoon, Manny, Karen, and I will have additional opportunities to highlight the good works of Virginia lawyers.

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