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June 25, 2007

Local and Specialty Bar Awards


The Virginia State Bar Conference of Local Bar Associations each year recognizes outstanding projects by voluntary bar groups with two awards. One—the Award of Merit—honors excellence, and the other—the Certificate of Achievement—recognizes high achievement.

The following associations received their awards during the 2007 VSB annual meeting:

Awards of Merit

Campbell County Bar Association—Adoption Saturday: Honored adoptions finalized during 2006 and promoted adoption and foster care to the general community.

Fairfax Bar Association—Colors of Justice Reception: More than 150 judges, attorneys and law school deans joined to award scholarships and encourage diversity.

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Bar Association—Senior Citizens Law Day: Presented information to an audience of 150.

Henrico County Bar Association—(Three awards) Local Bench-Bar Conference: Judges and clerks of Henrique’s three courts discussed topics selected by members of the bar. Senior Citizens Law Day: A local state senator moderated a panel that talked about elder issues. Pro Bono Protective Order Project: More than twenty-five lawyers represented persons who sought court protection from family abuse.

Loudoun Chapter, Virginia Women Attorneys Association—Adoption Day Ceremony and Fair: Honored adoptive families and challenged opinions that adoptions are too expensive and time-consuming.

Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association—(Two awards) NPBA Foundation Projects/Revitalization. The association reactivated its foundation to award scholarships, display a copy of the Magna Carta to a local arts center, and planned a Law School for Journalists. 16th Annual Food Frenzy: Law firms contributed food for needy people. The Food Frenzy was held statewide in 2006 with the involvement of Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell.

Northern Virginia Chapter, Virginia Women Attorneys Association—Navigating Judicial Selection Program: Legislators described how judicial selection works and how the bar can influence it.

Prince William County Bar Association—Circuit Court Conciliators Program: An alternative way to resolve civil discovery disputes without using judges’ time. Litigants met with trained conciliators, who help them resolve or narrow disputed issues.

Richmond Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section—Courtroom Idol: The Judges Decide: Bankruptcy judges formed a panel to discuss courtroom skills, etiquette and attorney preparedness.

Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers—Mentorship for Indigent Defense Counsel: Experienced attorneys paired with less experienced court-appointed counsel statewide to improve representation. The program also included ten regional seminars.

Virginia Women Attorneys Association—(Two awards) Privacy: Does It Exist Anymore? Individual Liberties versus National Security: An educational panel that featured national experts. Awards of Distinction Program and Reception: Celebrated the VWAA’s twenty-fifth anniversary by recognizing 550 Virginia women attorneys who have practiced twenty-five or more years.

Richmond Chapter, Virginia Women Attorneys Association—Go Bring in Some Clients: Conquer Your Fear Factor in Rainmaking: An opportunity to form networks for legal practice development.

Roanoke Bar Association—Santa in the Square: A holiday party for children and parents who lived in five shelters in the Roanoke area. The party took place at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

Virginia Beach Bar Association—2006 Membership Initiative, Every Lawyer a Member: The association identified 208 nonmember lawyers who lived or practiced in Virginia Beach and invited them to a social attended by area judges and the VBBA executive board. The drive resulted in a 10 percent increase in membership.

Certificates of Achievement

Fairfax Bar Association—Family Law Subject Matter Panel: Established minimum standards attorneys must meet to be included on a Lawyer Referral & Information Service for family law matters.

Fredericksburg Area Bar Association—Reuniting Bar Members as a Community: A series of professional and social functions.

Henrico County Bar Association—Education Two-Part Program: Lawyers contributed $1,500 in school supplies to needy children and conducted mock interviews to prepare high school students for job hunting.

Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association—Mock Trial Program: Held at a local high school to promote knowledge of history and the law, inspire students to consider legal careers, and deter criminal activity.

Prince William County Bar Association—Senior Citizens Project: Volunteer attorneys visited the county’s two Senior Citizens Centers to talk about issues that affect elders.

Roanoke Bar Association—Community Outreach: A Senior Citizen Law Day seminar and distribution of So You’re 18 and the Senior Citizens Handbook—two publication of the Virginia State Bar.

Roanoke Chapter, Virginia Women Attorneys Association—(Two awards) Continuing Legal Education Program: $25 classes that allowed members to teach in their area of practice. Holiday Reception for the Local Judiciary: Honored judges and their staffs and provided a social opportunity for lawyers and judges.

Updated: Jul 30, 2007