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Corporate Counsel

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Virginia Corporate Counsel Quarterly - Summer 2016

Corporate Counsel News

newsletter of the Virginia State Bar's Corporate Counsel Section


VSB Annual Meeting: Board Members and Officers in Place for the Year
Our annual meeting in June at Virginia Beach saw the election of new members to the Board of Governors.

Our thanks to the Nominating Committee, Kimberly B. Bram, Carol Rick Gibbons and Sandra Jones McNinch.  The Committee coordinated the applications and recommended members and officers for the Board of Governors.

The current Corporate Counsel Section Board of Governors for the 2016-2017 bar year is:

Charles Durant, Chair
Helen Hart, Past Chair, ex officio
Christopher Gatewood, Vice Chair
James Lowe, Secretary
Robert Burger
Barbara Fisher
Mark Newcomb
Kelly Whetstone
Carol Rick Gibbons
Naoina Gartee
Marie Appleby Breimann
Kim Bram
David Newsome

Your corporate counsel section co-sponsored two CLE programs at the Annual Meeting, The Limits of Religious Freedom and Cybersecurity for Lawyers.

Spring Luncheons
The section’s Spring CLE Luncheons were well attended.  We held one each in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Tidewater in May and June.  Our speakers addressed topics of interest to corporate counsel, including information governance policies and best practices, ethics, and intellectual property.  The reception among participants was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to continuing this tradition.

Law School Career Discussions
We have also continued our law school career panel project, where section representatives speak to law students and answer questions about in-house career paths.  The section has produced or participated in career insight events at William & Mary, Washington & Lee, and the University of Richmond during the first half of 2016.  We have similar events planned in the fall at George Mason and University of Virginia.

Special Thanks
The Section thanks Helen Hart for her exceptional service as Chair of the Section during the 2015-16 bar year.

Recommended Reading for Our Members

The VSB Corporate Counsel Section was formed in 1989 and currently has over 1,400 members. The Section’s primary goals are to facilitate communication and the exchange of ideas among Virginia attorneys who work in-house, and to represent in-house attorneys’ interests before the Virginia State Bar. 

At our September 2016 meeting we will continue to plan for the coming year. We seek your input regarding any programs or initiatives that you would like to see take place.