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January 05, 2021

Get on the Ballot for Bar Council Elections

Bar Council, the Virginia State Bar’s governing body, will hold its annual elections by electronic ballot in April 2021 for terms beginning July 1. 

Virginia lawyers who wish to be on the ballot must be active members in good standing of their circuit as of March 15, 2021. 

In order to run, a lawyer must:

  • file a nominating petition signed by not fewer than ten other members eligible to vote in the circuit,
  • write a statement of qualifications not exceeding 150 words,* and
  • provide a digital headshot.**

File these three things with the executive director at elections@vsb.org on or before April 1, 2021

In the statement, describe what is it about your background that makes you well suited to the position and what you hope to accomplish as a member of bar council. View an example of what voters see here

Council members may serve two 3-year terms but must be re-elected to serve a 2nd term. The chart below shows which circuits have seats available for election.

Circuit 4

1 seat (incumbent is not eligible for re-election)

Circuit 8

1 seat (incumbent is not eligible for re-election)

Circuit 12

1 seat (incumbent is eligible 2nd term)

Circuit 13

4 seats (2 incumbents are eligible for 2nd term; 2 incumbents are not eligible for re-election)

Circuit 14

1 seat (incumbent has been elected to serve as president-elect)

Circuit 16

1 seat (incumbent is not eligible for re-election)

Circuit 17

2 seats (2 incumbents are eligible for re-election)

Circuit 18

2 seats (1 incumbent is eligible for 2nd term; 1 incumbent is not eligible for re-election)

Circuit 19

7 seats (4 incumbents are eligible for 2nd term; 2 incumbents are not eligible for re-election; 1 incumbent will not seek re-election)

Circuit 21

1 seat (incumbent is eligible for 2nd term)

Circuit 23

1 seat (incumbent is not eligible for re-election)

Circuit 28

1 seat (incumbent is not eligible for re-election)

Circuit 30

1 seat (incumbent is eligible for 2nd term)

 

 * Please do not send statements in pdf form. Use a text program like Word or write directly into the body of the email in a way that allows for easy copy and paste.

** Please do not send a headshot that is in-line or embedded in the email or statement. Rather, attach it to the email in JPEG/JPG/PNG format. The photo should preferably be just your head and shoulders.

Updated: Jan 05, 2021