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The independent voice of Virginia lawyers               Oct. 2, 2017
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The VBA staff offices have moved to the Bank of America Center and the accessorizing of your VBA on Main member center continues. Watch the VBA website at, your inbox and the VBA's social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates. Meantime, fall conference season is in full swing with plenty more opportunities in October to get your CLEs. It's all coming soon! Read on.
Legislative Day proposals considered for legislative agenda

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At Legislative Day, section leaders presented 13 legislative proposals, including from the Wills, Trusts & Estates, Business Law, Construction and Public Contracts Law, and Real Estate sections and from the Commission on the Needs of Children. After hearing clarification from the section representatives on their bill proposals, the board, including Rudene Haynes, Alison McKee and LPMD Chair Joe Carpenter, agreed to adopt 11 for the VBA's 2018 legislative agenda.

Above center, Tom Yates, vice chair of the Wills, Trusts & Estates Section, describes law suggestions that would affect trusts. VBA board legislative representative G. Manoli Loupassi, right, provides insight on Virginia's House and Senate.

The Board of Governors also will consider recommendations from the Boyd-Graves Conference, whose invitees meet Oct. 6-7, and from the affiliated Virginia Family Law Coalition before firming up the VBA's 2018 legislative agenda.
Labor relations conference draws nearly 200 to Norfolk

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Labor Law-Voice Oct 2017

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The 2017 Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law was a huge success. Held in Norfolk at the new Hilton on Main, the conference included a wealth of speakers who gave presentations on employee benefits and effective litigation techniques, as well as discussed topics including the Black Lives Matter movement. Attendees agreed it was truly one for the ages. Section Chair Kevin D. Holden presented Irma B. Dillard (right) with the Biennial Chair's Award for her years fighting to achieve justice for minorities in her community of Richmond.       
65 practitioners attend Joint ADR symposium

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Th e Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee presented a daylong CLE program, "A Place at the Table: A Symposium on Attracting 21st Century Clients and Efficiently Solving Their Problems." Law students from the University of Richmond attended to hear speakers such as retired Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr., who presented the keynote talk on "The Value of Having Good Problem-Solving Skills."
Also last week, a day of programming for corporate counsel

The 19th Annual Corporate Counsel Fall Forum took place Thursday at the Omni Richmond Hotel. It offered in-house counsel and corporate law professionals multiple MCLE Credit Hours, including Ethics presentations and a post-CLE social.
Oct. 5 YLD Town Hall Meetings debate - Lt. Gov. candidates

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While seating is limited, the organizers of the debate between the lieutenant governor candidates have a designated number of seats for VBA members and YLD members. Admission is by advance online registration that ends today. The event is Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom at the University of Richmond School of Law. A reception follows the debate.

Democrat Justin Fairfax, a former assistant U.S. attorney, and Republican Jill Holtzman Vogel, a state senator from Fauquier County, will be on the ballot in November. Bill Fitzgerald, evening anchor at WTVR CBS-Channel 6, will serve as moderator with assistance from Dr. Robert Holsworth, a longtime analyst of state politics.

If you can't make it in person, you can watch the debate live on the internet at
Upcoming events

OCT. 6-7 - The Boyd-Graves Conference (invitation only) meets in Reston to review conferee reports and consider legislative proposals. 

OCT. 12 - The Administrative Law Section's Annual Fall Ethics CLE is a two-hour ethics program, to be held in downtown Richmond. Register before all seats are taken.

OCT. 14 - The YLD Fall Meeting in Richmond is open to all VBA members in the Young Lawyers Division for $50; law school students for $20 and non-VBA members for $100. Come get involved, learn and take part in an optional brewery tour (additional fee).

OCT. 17 - After a successful introductory year, the White Collar Criminal Law Forum returns in Richmond.The half-day CLE forum is presented by the VBA Criminal Law Section and the VBA Law School Council at the University of Richmond.

OCT. 19 - It's lucky 13 for the annual Virginia Health Care Practitioners' Roundtable. Law students welcome. Register by Oct. 5 to get a discount. 6.5 MCLE Credit Hours (1.0 Ethics) anticipated.

OCT. 27-28 - Board of Governors Fall Meeting begins at noon.

OCT. 27 - The Virginia Tax Practitioners' Roundtable convenes in Charlottesville for its 28th annual forum. Commissioner Craig Burns will present an update from the Tax Commissioner's office. 3.5 MCLE Credit Hours (1.0 Ethics) anticipated.

November events include the Administrative Law Conference and the Capital Defense Workshop. Don't forget to save the date for the 128th Annual Meeting, set for Jan. 18-20 in Williamsburg.
Can't make a conference but still need CLEs? The VBA's got you covered. Learn from your peers from some of the most highly anticipated VBA programming through VBA Online CLE. Select a video or podcast and earn MCLE credits when, where and how you want to learn. And VBA members get a discount on pricing.
YLD Credit Issues Project makes a splash on TV

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Alex Chudoba and Ann Korsachev and YLD volunteers Robert Vaughan III and Matt Jones answered a number of callers' questions about what teens and young adults need to know about responsible credit and debt management on a Call 12 segment of NBC-Channel 12 News. Producer Jennifer Warwick provided instructions about the segment before these attorneys started taking calls. (Photo courtesy of Pat Hassard.)

"This opportunity was a fantastic way to see what consumers are dealing with and provide real assistance to the public," Chudoba said. Interested in getting involved by informing Virginia's teens and young adults about the laws that protect consumers' right? Contact project Chair Alex Chudoba.
Governor proclaims October as Pro Bono Month

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has designated October as Pro Bono Month in Virginia, part of a national pro bono celebration "to showcase the differences that pro bono lawyers make in their communities by substantially enhancing the distribution of and access to justice."

The VBA offers several ways for lawyers to provide pro bono services, including the Veterans Issues Task Force Pro Bono Volunteer List, the Mentor Program, Wills for Heroes and the Credit Issues Project, all activities and projects coordinated through the Young Lawyers Division.

Read the proclamation
What are your views on lawyer well-being?

VBA President David S. Mercer strongly urges the membership to review an ABA task force report and a resolution by the Conference of Chief Justices about lawyer well-being. Then he requests that you share comments, suggestions or questions via a form provided on the VBA website. Your input will be used to develop the VBA's response on this subject, requested by Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, who plans to appoint a committee to investigate and support well-being in Virginia.

Read the report and resolution and respond
The VBA benefits from donations to The VBA Foundation

Support VBA charitable and educational pursuits through The Virginia Bar Association Foundation. If you haven't contributed yet this year, please consider doing so this fall. Your support of The VBA Foundation makes it possible to enhance several VBA activities. Thank you for your generosity.
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