News and Information
May 31, 2019

Virginia State Bar Newsletter June 2019

The following went out as part of a monthly news summary email to all Virginia lawyers on May 31. To make sure you are receiving the VSB emails, update your contact information in the member portal and add to the account’s address book.


The VSB president’s committee on well-being released its final report identifying specific aspects or characteristics of the practice of law that might serve as a risk to a lawyer’s well-being. 

Nota Bene: All professional business entities formed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) for the sole and specific purpose of rendering the service of the practice of law in Virginia must register with the Virginia State Bar

An advisory committee on the Rules of Court of the Supreme Court of Virginia is seeking public comment on revising the rules as they pertain to the use of the potentially ambiguous word “shall.” Deadline for comment is July 12.

Professional Regulation

Recent disciplinary actions:

Annual Meeting

See you at the beach! The 81st Annual Meeting, June 12-15, in Virginia Beach includes twelve compelling CLEs, “Judicial Squares” featuring judges from across the Commonwealth, and the installation of Marni E. Byrum as president. Plus, yoga, tennis, a 5k run, volleyball, and more. Register today

As always, registration is free for full-time active judges and fully retired judges.


Dues statements will be mailed June 15. Beginning June 19, you may pay your dues and fees, certify your liability insurance coverage, change your status, and join VSB sections online.

Learn more about the voluntary pro bono reporting that is new this year for active lawyers. 

Pro Bono

Virginia lawyers toured the facilities used for VCU Health’s Medical-Legal Partnership this month. Learn more about the program and its pro bono opportunities.

Thinking about retiring? Switch your membership status to Emeritus. Eligible lawyers are dues-free if they practice solely pro bono in affiliation with a qualified legal services provider. Learn more and start the transition to emeritus status at any time.


Randy Nelson of Lynchburg is this year’s winner of the Tradition of Excellence Award sponsored by the General Practice Section. 

The Young Lawyers Conference has named Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero of Hampton Roads this year’s R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year.

The Hill Tucker Bar Association has been named Bar Association of the Year for 2019 for extensive projects involving education, mentoring, and pro bono.

Barbara Anderson of Alexandria has been chosen Local Bar Leader of the Year for 2019 for her decades of service to the Alexandria Bar Association.

Sarah M. Saville of Newport News has been chosen as the Specialty Bar Leader of the Year for her work with the Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association.

Six Bar associations from across the Commonwealth have received Awards of Merit for projects that enhance the profession, the community, and access to justice.

The above awards will be presented at the VSB Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach in two weeks.

Congratulations are in order for the Young Lawyers Conference, who won first place in a national competition for the pre-law institute that they co-sponsor with the Diversity Conference.

The Health Law section’s writing competition for students at Virginia law schools for the 2018-19 academic year has selected this year’s three top entries and awarded prizes totaling $3,000. Jonah Hein of UVA Law took first place, winning $1500.

Updated: May 31, 2019