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The independent voice of Virginia lawyers             March 22, 2017 .
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As spring arrives, VBA programs begin to blossom. Join us! Read on.     
Portrait hanging ceremony at the Supreme Court of Virginia

At Roush portrait hanging ceremony
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the Honorable Johanna L. Fitzpatrick were among special guests at the Supreme Court of Virginia ceremony for the hanging of the portrait of former Justice Jane Marum Roush. The portrait is the latest of a long line of paintings of justices that the VBA has commissioned and donated to the commonwealth. The portrait now graces the court's courtroom.

See the Facebook photo album.
Leadership Conference attendees fill the room

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Leadership Conference crowd 2017
The annual Leadership Conference provides a great venue in which to share information about the VBA with section and committee chairs - and more opportunities to meet and work with colleagues across Virginia and with VBA Board of Governors members. During the event, Membership Committee Chair Tom Connally (center) stressed the importance of section and committee members promoting VBA membership with nonmembers and active involvement within the sections and committees. President David S. Mercer challenged every VBA member to recruit one new member and each board member to bring two lawyers into the VBA fold. We all have one lawyer colleague we could invite, right? 
Do you know who your section, committee chairs are?

Elections are held each year by each VBA section and committee for the chair of that group. Section councils and committee memberships also are updated. Want to get more active in your section or committee? Seek out your leaders.
Upcoming events

MARCH 23 - The University of Richmond School of Law Spring Symposium is March 23. Plans call for the CLE event, surrounding a lawyer's commitment to service, to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a reception. The symposium is sponsored by the VBA Young Lawyers Division and the University of Richmond Law School Council. Cost? Free!

MARCH 25 - The YLD Diversity Recruitment Committee is co-sponsoring a Virginia Equality Bar Association CLE program, "Equality Under the Law," on March 25 at Williams Mullen in Richmond. YLD members qualify for discounted registration for the daylong program that aims to offer 4 MCLE Credits.

MARCH 31 - Volunteers in the Veterans Issues Task Force and attorneys interested in assisting veterans pro bono or for reduced fees may be interested in a free CLE in Richmond on military legal assistance issues. The event, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., will be at the University of Richmond School of Law. Organizers have requested 5.5 hours of MCLE Credit. Registration deadline is March 24. Sign up online.

APRIL 3-14 - The 11th Annual Legal Food Frenzy contest again seeks to solve hunger. Volunteer your office at a local food bank; earn 100 extra points. RSVP for the Richmond happy hour March 29 to kick off the competition and learn about the benefits of VBA/Young Lawyers Division membership.

APRIL 6 - Spring networking event for VBA members and University of Richmond School of Law students at Southern Railway Taphouse.

APRIL 18 - The Virginia Health Law Legislative Update and Extravaganza in Richmond. Sign up now. 4.0 MCLE Credits sought.

APRIL 28-29 - The Annual Bankruptcy Law Conference in Williamsburg. Book rooms by April 14; register today.

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JULY 20-22 - Save the date for the 127th Summer Meeting at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. Look forward to great CLEs, renewal of acquaintances, socializing opportunities, the gubernatorial debate and golf and tennis tournaments.
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Latest update on construction of member center

The general contractor is awaiting approval of building permits from the City of Richmond to begin creating VBA on Main. The new member center will be part of the association's relocated headquarters in downtown Richmond. View a SlideShare deck that details amenities and features of VBA on Main, along with design schematics. We will keep you informed of the transformation of the space as it occurs.
VBA legislative agenda bills await governor's signature

As of Tuesday, 15 bills advocated by the VBA have been signed into law. Five still await consideration by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has until midnight March 27 to act. The General Assembly veto session is scheduled for April 5. Follow the progress on the VBA's legislative agenda at
Current section members receive Legislative Summaries

Have you renewed your VBA membership and your section participation for 2017? If not, you'll want to ensure that your member benefits continue uninterrupted and renew now. Current section members receive the much-awaited Legislative Summaries. Be among the first in your practice area to know what laws will be enacted in your specialty by joining a section for $25 or paying your 2017 dues immediately.

Renewing online is easy. Plus, you can update your profile information in a snap. Just sign in. (Need a bit more guidance? We've got you covered!)

VBA Online CLE adds five new program titles

If you weren't able to make the 127th Annual Meeting, you may be interested in CLE-approved recordings of some presentations. Of your 12 required CLE hours, two must be in ethics or professionalism and eight may be taken online. We've just added these 1.0 or 1.5 MCLE Credit Hour programs to VBA Online CLE:
  • "Individual Liability of Business Owners, Officers and Directors for Corporate Misconduct"
  • "Appellate Buffet: Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Virginia"
  • "Cybersecurity, Ethics and Liability: How to Protect Yourself in the Tangle"
  • "Hot Topics in Domestic Relations Law"
  • "How Not to be Stupid on the Internet, Part IV: More Ways to be an Ethical Lawyer"
More on the social media front

Last month, we announced that thevirginiabar joined Instagram. You can also find David S. Mercer there. He's VBAPrezMercer. Follow both of us!

Cyrus Nuval joins staff as membership coordinator

VBA Membership Coordinator
A recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Cyrus joined the VBA staff on March 13. He majored in criminal justice with a minor in homeland security and emergency preparedness. He held staff and leadership roles with award-winning campus publications. During college, he revived and led the student organization Men Against Violence and was a student chairperson in Students Advocating for Violence Education and Support. In addition to fluency in English, Cyrus has native proficiency in Tagalog. Please welcome Cyrus. His email is
Insurance corner: Read the fine print

Virginia Barristers Alliance Inc. logo Did you know that some carriers that offer business policies include expanded limits for those property and liability coverages that often specifically impact a law firm?

We would be happy to help analyze your firm's exposure and provide insurance solutions. Please contact Virginia Barristers Alliance Inc. (VBAI) and let's get started. Who better to help you than an agency founded by Virginia lawyers, for lawyers?

Celebrate nature's rebirth this spring

Your support of The Virginia Bar Association Foundation makes possible activities such as Legal Food Frenzy kick-off events. Celebrate spring by letting your dedication to the VBA blossom so we can propagate our mission.
Member news

March 2017 Out and About
The March "Big Book" issue of Virginia Business magazine contains a photo page from the VBA Annual Meeting. Find the "Out & About" feature on page 12. The issue also takes note of the VBA-commissioned portrait of former Justice Jane Marum Roush, which was unveiled at the Annual Meeting. See page 127. The list of the largest law firms in Virginia follows.

And speaking of law firms, the March issue of Virginia Business also spotlights commercial entities celebrating major anniversaries. One highlights the 175th anniversary of the Sands Anderson law firm. The article begins on page 60.

Managing partner at Reed Smith's Richmond office
Edward Mullen has been named managing partner of Reed Smith LLP's office in Richmond. He succeeds former VBA Board of Governors member S. Miles Dumville, who is continuing his litigation practice after serving as managing partner since 2013. Mullen, a former aide to Gov. Mark Warner, joined Reed Smith in 2008. He focuses his practice on legislative and administrative matters before the General Assembly, Virginia's executive branch agencies and Virginia's congressional delegation. Last year, Virginia Lawyers Media named him one of Virginia's Rising Stars for his administrative law practice.

Library of Va. honors BoG rep Cynthia Hudson
Cynthia E. Hudson, the VBA Board of Governors government attorney representative, is one of eight distinguished women the Library of Virginia honors during its Virginia Women in History program. Hudson is the first African-American woman appointed deputy chief attorney general of Virginia. A Virginia Women in History exhibit runs all month at the library in Richmond and then will travel to public libraries around the commonwealth.

Director at ThompsonMcMullan
Joley L. Steffens has been elected as a director at ThompsonMcMullan. She practices elder law, Medicaid and long-term care planning, and estate and special needs planning, among other elements. A VBA member since 2013 and treasurer of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section Council for three years, Steffens is president-elect of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Regent University School of Law
this month served as host of a regional 2017 Representation in Mediation Competition. Finals of the ABA-sponsored contest will be held at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference next month in San Francisco.

2017 Client Choice Award winner
The International Law Office and Lexology recognized Hunton & Williams LLP corporate partner Kevin M. Georgerian among its 2017 Client Choice Awards. The Richmond-based lawyer focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and strategic corporate transactions. He was the exclusive winner in the General Corporate category for Virginia.

Life Member and VBA editor dies
Life Member Charles Edward Friend died Feb. 20 at age 82. The author of many books on law and western and historical novels edited the VBA Journal from 1974 to 1998. In addition to serving as a substitute judge and commissioner of the chancery, both in York County, and working as an attorney, he taught law for nearly two decades at William & Mary, the University of Richmond and George Mason University, among other institutions.
Say hello to the 18 new or reactivating members who joined the VBA in February. Welcome!
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