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Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Conference News and Information

June 1, 2011

2011 Awards of Merit

The following bar associations received awards from the Conference of Local Bar Associations during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. The awards recognize projects that serve the bench, the bar, and the people of Virginia.

This year for the first time, the CLBA recognized projects sustained by bars for several years, as well as new projects. The CLBA makes information on winning projects available to other groups that want to consider similar programs. For information, contact Paulette J. Davidson at or (804) 775-0521.


Awards of Merit

For excellence in bar projects


First-time awardees:


Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Loudoun Chapter
Senior Symposium: An educational program for seniors, their families, and concerned citizens


Loudoun County Bar Association
Operation Turkey Dinner, to provide Thanksgiving meals to families of schoolchildren who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program


The Prince William County Bar Association Inc.
Introduction to Practicing Law in the Prince William County Courthouse, for newly licensed attorneys


Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
Legal Legacy Tree Grove, planted in Lafayette Park as part of Norfolk’s Celebrate Trees! Initiative


Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association
Corporate Counsel Scholars Program, to create a diversity pipeline between law schools and in-house counsel jobs


Roanoke Bar Association and Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association
Rule of Law Project, established by the Virginia Bar Association to bring citizen lawyers into middle schools


Sustained Projects:


The Alexandria Bar Association
Beat the Odds Scholarship Program for students aged 13 to 21 — started in 2004


Loudoun County Bar Association and Fauquier County Bar Association
Leadership in the Law Summer Camps, to teach high school students about the justice system and encourage them to consider a legal career — started in 1999


Roanoke Bar Association
Barrister Book Buddies, to help children in Roanoke City Public Schools learn to read — started in 1999


Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Loudoun Chapter
Adoption Day Programs, to celebrate and encourage adoptions — started in 2006


Certificates of Achievement
For high achievement in bar projects


Fredericksburg Area Bar Association
Law Day project to present programs on legal topics in public schools


Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association
“Understanding Your Domestic Relations Rights in Virginia” pamphlet translated into Spanish


The Alexandria Bar Association
Gridiron Musical Show & Dinner, featuring entertainment that satirizes current events and courthouse personalities


Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
Breakfasts with the Bench to promote bench-bar relations