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Tower to retire as VBA executive director

Guy Tower will step down as executive director of the Virginia Bar Association in July 2011 after six years in the post.

Tower, who will turn 70 next year, said in a letter to VBA President Steve Busch that he believes “this is an opportune time for transition” for both the association and himself.

Tower cited a series of accomplishments, including the development of a strategic plan that he and Busch expect to be completed before this retirement.

Other projects included the Pro Bono Summit held in Richmond earlier this year, the Rule of Law Project that brings the concept to state middle school students, the Principles of Professionalism for Virginia Lawyers, and raising almost $100,000 to help restore the legal infrastructure in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

“I am particularly proud of the VBA’s work to advance the highest ideals of the legal profession through advocacy – especially in its law reform work at the Virginia General Assembly – and public service,” Tower said.

Before joining the VBA, Tower was a partner at Hunton & Williams in Richmond and Kaufman & Canoles in Norfolk. He also was a founding member of The McCammon Group, a mediation and arbitration firm, and director of judicial education for the Supreme Court of Virginia.

That broad experience “propelled our organization to new heights,” Busch said. “This is evidenced by our legislative successes, enhanced relationships with other bar-related organizations and the Supreme Court of Virginia, and the excellent staff that he has developed in support of our mission.”

Tower said he likely will return to mediation after his retirement.
By Alan Cooper

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