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March 01, 2011

Virginia State Bar E-News March 1, 2011

President Blank reports $5 M restored to VSB budget, thanks bar volunteers
– The General Assembly has restored the $5 million that the governor had proposed reallocating from the bar's budget to the state General Fund.

Highlights of the Virginia State Bar Council meeting February 26, 2011 – Bar updates and Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. remembered.

Nominations sought for VSB board and committee vacancies – Vacancies to be filled by the council in June, with terms beginning July 1, 2011.

VSB Disciplinary Board to hear reinstatement petition – Joseph Dee Morrissey has petitioned the Supreme Court of Virginia for reinstatement of his law license. The board will hear the petition on April 22.

Bar Leaders Institute – Retired Judge J. Samuel Johnston Jr. will be the keynote speaker on March 7 at the Richmond BLI. Register now. Approved for 1 hr. CLE/Ethics.

Indigent Defense Seminar – Space is still available at the webcast locations for the Seventh Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar: Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner. You may register for webcasts in Wytheville and in Harrisonburg (Weyers Cave/Blue Ridge Community College). Richmond Convention Center location is sold out. Space at webcasts is limited; don’t delay.

Conference of Local Bar Association Awards – April 29 is the deadline for nominating individuals and bar associations for the 2011 Local Bar Leader of the Year Award and Awards of Merit.

Save the Date – The Solo & Small-Firm Practitioner Forum is on May 10, at U.Va.’s Darden School of Business in Charlottesville.

“Legal Handbook for Cancer Survivors” available – You may order copies online, or if you would like to help the VSB Young Lawyer’s Conference distribute the handbook, please contact Maureen Stengel at (804) 775-0517 or

VSB pro bono award winners announced – Gail Starling Marshall will receive the 2011 Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award, and Daniel H. Goldman, a student at W&L School of Law, was selected for the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. The awards will be presented April 12. View invitation flyer (PDF)

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Updated: Mar 03, 2011