The Virginia State Bar has named the Roanoke Bar Association as the first winner of its Bar Association of the Year Award.
The award, sponsored by the VSB’s Conference of Local Bar Associations, recognizes lasting and exemplary contributions to the legal community and the community at large in Virginia. The award also recognizes the dedication of local and statewide bar associations and emphasizes the importance of close cooperation between the Virginia State Bar and bar leaders.
The Roanoke Bar Association has an extensive record of providing services to the community, performing charitable works, and offering pro bono services. Members of the Roanoke Bar have participated in Barrister Book Buddies with the Roanoke City Public Schools for 14 years. Members have worked with the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association to offer Rule of Law classes in middle schools since 2009 and this year held classes in twelve schools. RBA members have offered “You and the Law” educational seminars to the public since 2009. In addition, members offer free wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, and estate planning to first responders; participate in the Red Cross blood drive; financially support the Roanoke Law Library; and share in the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program.
The association’s charitable works are provided through the Roanoke Law Foundation and include Santa at the Station, a holiday party for underprivileged children, and a number of grants and scholarships.
The award will be presented on June 13 during the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach.