Virginia State Bar

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Family Law

A Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Section News and Information

November 29, 2022

Call for nominations - The Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award - due 1/24/2023

The Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award was established by the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section to recognize and honor an individual who has made a substantial contribution to the practice and administration of family law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The award will be given at the discretion of the VSB Family Law section Board of Governors.  The Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the Annual Family Law Seminar in April at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia.

The award will recognize an individual who meets the following criteria:
  • A singular and unique contribution to the practice of family law in Virginia;
  • Dedication to excellence in the practice of family law;
  • Performance in the field of family law with competence and integrity; and
  • Commitment to the abiding importance of service to families through the legal system.

All nominations must be received by January 24, 2023.

Please use our Family Law Betty A. Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Application or send a letter of nomination to:

VSB Family Law Section
Attn. Dolly C. Shaffner, Family Law Section Liaison

by email:

by post:
1111 East Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026