Virginia State Bar

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Diversity Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.


Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute
A joint initiative with the VSB’s Young Lawyers Conference. This program is a week long camp that teaches high school students about a life and career in the law. Students learn how to put on a trial, meet local officials and judges, learn the etiquette and social norms of attorney life, and apply their lessons through a mock trial and networking reception. More information available here.


Mentor/Mentee Initiative
This initiative pairs two law students from each of Virginia’s law schools with mentors to serve as partners for the VSB Annual Meeting experience. Students get to attend all functions networking with the Virginia State Bar’s leadership, staff, prominent attorneys, judges, and Supreme Court of Virginia justices. 


Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

The Diversity Conference provides an annual program where attorneys and judges can discuss the latest issues and provide best practices for building greater inclusiveness in the profession. read more


Annual Meeting Activities 

The Diversity Conference is a major contributor to the activities at the VSB Annual Meeting, providing a signature CLE program discussing access to justice or inclusion issues in the profession. At the joint conference and section luncheon, the Diversity Conference conducts its annual meeting of the membership electing new members of the Board of Governors and awarding its Dunnaville Award recipient. And the Fore Diversity Golf Tournament allows members of the bar to participate in an 18-hole golf tournament in Virginia Beach.


Rule of Law Day

The Diversity Conference joins with numerous groups to put on a program where local students can learn about the courts, the legislative process, and interact with attorneys and judges in an educational setting.  This program attracts hundreds of middle school and high school students and provides a rewarding experience for all involved.


Diversity and Inclusion Programs

The Diversity Conference participates with the other conferences and sections to provide inclusion related programming at conferences and programs around the commonwealth.