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VBA taps new officers, members of its board

WILLIAMSBURG—Richmond lawyer John L. Walker III become president of the Virginia Bar Association at the group’s annual meeting in Williamsburg Jan. 25.

With Walker’s installation, the VBA made history. He is the third member of his family to serve as VBA leader.

John L. Walker Jr., his father, was VBA president in 1983. His grandfather, John L. Walker, held the job in 1947 and 1948. Both those men were from Roanoke.

Harry M. “Pete” Johnson III of Richmond became VBA president-elect at the meeting.

Richmond lawyer James P. Guy II entered the leadership loop with his election as chair of board of governors.

Thomas R. Bagby of Roanoke completed his term and will serve as immediate past president.

These four officers and the chair of the organization’s Young Lawyers Division are the voting members of the VBA Executive Committee. At the annual meeting, Elaina L. Blanks, a tax attorney with Norfolk Southern Corp. in Norfolk, was elected YLD chair.

The VBA membership also elected Cheryl L. Black of Richmond as chair of the Law Practice Management Division. In this post, she will serve on the VBA board.

New board members

Elected to serve on the board of governors for a three-year term were the following lawyers:

William A. Galanko, Norfolk.
Michael HuYoung, Richmond.
C.J. Steuart Thomas III, Staunton.
Mary C. Zinsner, McLean.
VBA members also re-elected three special representatives to the Board of Governors for a second one-year term. They are:
Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, as legislative representative.
Wendy Collins Perdue, dean of the University of Richmond law school, as law school representative.
Hampton Circuit Judge Louis R. Lerner as judicial representative.
Eight attorneys continue their service as members of the board:
Cyril F. Coombs, Richmond.
S. Miles Dumville, Richmond.
Mark L. Esposito, Bristol.
M. Melissa Glassman, Tysons Corner.
David S. Mercer, Alexandria.
Donald C. Schultz, Norfolk.
Eric J. Sorenson Jr., Lynchburg.
Lori D. Thompson, Roanoke.

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