George W. Shanks, an attorney in Luray, says he wants to be president of the Virginia State Bar in 2011-12.
So far, he is the only candidate for the position of president-elect designate. Lawyers who have been members of the VSB Council for two of the previous five years are eligible for the position.
Candidates have until Oct. 1 to submit a petition with the names of 50 attorneys on it. If more than one candidates files a petition, an election will be conducted by a ballot mailed to VSB members by Nov. 5.
Shanks, 64, joined the six-lawyer firm of Miller, Earle & Shanks PLLC in 2006 after spending 25 of the previous 30 years as a solo practitioner. He is the commissioner accounts and the county attorney for Page County.He has been active in VSB matters for the past 20 years and has served as president of both the Conference of Local Bar Associations and the Senior Lawyers Conference. He represents the 26th Circuit on VSB Council and is a member of its executive committee.
By Alan Cooper