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Local bar groups earn Awards of Merit

The Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local Bar Associations holds an Awards of Merit Competition each year to recognize outstanding public service projects conducted by local and specialty bars throughout the state.

The competition is divided into two groups: an Award of Merit, which is the highest award given for a project; and a Certificate of Achievement, which recognizes other programs and projects of high distinction.

Awards of Merit

The following bar groups will receive Awards of Merit for the projects cited:

Alexandria Bar Association. Senior Citizens Law Day, partnering with Senior Services of Alexandria to provide factual information to the community about the legal issues related to planning for aging, care needs, and services available to meet the needs of its citizens. Pro bono professionals were available to attendees.

Fairfax Bar Association. Judicial Funding Task Force, working to restore funding for at least one circuit court and at least one general district court judge until the Supreme Court’s Judicial Workload Study is completed; and attempting to minimize the impact of proposed 5 percent budget cuts for each of the next two years.

Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association. Judicial Programs Project, providing association members with multiple opportunities to meet with members of the judiciary.

Roanoke Bar Association. Handling Section 1983 Civil Rights Cases in Federal Court, providing a CLE program to increase the number of attorneys qualified to be added to the court-appointed list for Section 1983 cases.

Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association. Lawrence L. Koontz Jr. Opinions Project, a seven-volume collection of the published judicial opinions of Justice Koontz during his tenures on the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Sustained Projects

Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association. Mentorship Program, helping new attorneys and law students since the 2004-05 bar year to navigate their careers and to provide learning and networking opportunities to participants.

Southwest Virginia Workers’ Compensation Bar Association. Quarterly Luncheon CLE Program, providing low-cost, innovative, and educational programs to members of the bar and other interested professionals.

Certificates of Achievement

The following groups will receive Certificates of Achievement for the projects cited:

Alexandria Bar Association. Resolvers Program, which assists pro se parties who do not have the resources to hire an attorney or to seek alternative advice and guidance when attempting to resolve issues surrounding custody and support of their children, and to assist the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court with its heavy caseload.

Loudoun County Bar Association. Back to School Drive, to provide a resource to the community and to assist needy families with the cost of supplies needed at the beginning of school.

Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association. MRWBA Website Project, increasing publicity for the members and providing members and the public access to information about the association.

The Prince William County Bar Association Inc. Breakfast at S.E.R.V.E., working with Securing Emergency Resources through Volunteer Effort, the Young Lawyers Group of the PWC Bar provides Sunday breakfast for about 40 residents of the organization’s shelter, half of whom are children.

Virginia Women Attorneys Association. Justice is a Woman: Women and the Judiciary, an event designed to encourage more women to seek judicial positions.

The CLBA makes information on winning projects available to other groups that want to consider similar programs. For information, contact Paulette Davidson at Davidson@vsb.org or (804) 775-0521.

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