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Senior Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Conference News and Information

July 30, 2013

Senior Lawyers Conference 2012-2013 Annual Report by F. Warren Haynie, Jr., 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.  As of February 22, 2013, the conference had 16,238 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 at the VSB.

The budget for the conference in 2012-2013 was $25,000.  Budgeted expenses include reimbursements for travel and other expenses incident to the conference meetings in Charlottesville, the printing of the 2013 edition of the Senior Citizens Handbook, hosting the conference’s continuing legal education program, and the presentation of fifty-year certificates 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 SLC hosted the Showcase CLE program at the annual meeting of the Virginia State Bar held in Virginia Beach in June of 2013.  The program titled “Cocktail Party Advice – How to Handle Questions from Friends, Neighbors, Clients, and Partners” and which carried two CLE credits was chaired and moderated by John Oakey of the Senior Lawyers Conference Board of Governors.  It highlighted the problems with giving “casual” legal advice.

The tree planting program that was started by John Tate in 2011 was continued by the SLC in 2012-2013.  Bruce Robinson assumed the chair of the project after John’s untimely death in December.  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.  There will be a tree planting ceremony in memory of John in his hometown of Marion, Virginia, sometime during the fall of 2013.

Several Senior Citizens Days have been conducted by the conference in cooperation with local bar associations.  This program was chaired by Bill Wilson and included programs in Southside, Northern Virginia, Covington, and the Northern Neck.  Other programs are planned for later in 2013.

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 2012-2013 fiscal year were F. Warren Haynie Jr., chair; John M. Oakey, chair-elect; Edwin A. Bischoff (resigned), first vice-chair; Renae R. Patrick, secretary; Robert T. Vaughn Jr., treasurer.  New members of the conference are Judge (ret.) John E. Kloch of Alexandria, Judge (ret.) William L. Wellons of Victoria, Carolyn Cox of Virginia Beach, Phillip N. Davy of Norfolk, and John D. Eure of Roanoke.

The conference hosted a brunch on Saturday, June 15, 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 will be mailed to each honoree.
Many thanks to Stephanie Blanton for her help as liaison throughout the year.

The SLC voted to table a motion to create an icon for conference branding purposes.