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Hankins recognized as 2020’s Local Bar Leader of the Year (access required)

Shemeka C. Hankins has received the Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations’ (CLSBA) Local Bar Leader of the Year Award that honors a bar leader who “offers important service to the bench, bar, and public.” Hankins, an associate attorney ...

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Hirsch honored for service to Family Law Section (access required)

Reston lawyer Brian M. Hirsch has been awarded the Family Law Service Award by the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section Board of Governors. The Family Law Service Award is given to a lawyer “who has consistently given freely of ...

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UR’s Lopynski receives law student pro bono award (access required)

Emily Lopynski, a 2020 graduate of the University of Richmond Law School, has been awarded the Oliver White Hill Law Student Pro Bono Award. This honor recognizes “extraordinary law student achievement in the areas of pro bono publico and undercompensated public service work ...

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Buniva to take office in Supreme Court ceremony (access required)

Cancellation of the oceanfront Annual Meeting meant Virginia State Bar officials had to arrange for another forum for installation of the VSB’s new president this year. Instead of a seaside swearing-in, with attendees in tropical shirts, Brian L. Buniva will ...

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New VSB award to honor Chambers (access required)

Many attorneys serve their professional communities with volunteer work at the Virginia State Bar, but most of that service is both uncompensated and unheralded. A new VSB award is designed to address the unheralded component. The VSB Council in February ...

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COLD role examined (access required)

Volunteer attorneys who monitor lawyer discipline at the VSB may get more input into practices of bar prosecutors. The VSB Committee on Lawyer Discipline is intended as an oversight body to ensure the proper functioning of the discipline system. COLD ...

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Regulation of military spouses considered (access required)

The VSB Executive Committee is recommending that Virginia drop a supervision requirement for military spouse lawyers. An advocacy group for lawyers married to servicemembers is hoping the Supreme Court of Virginia will eliminate the current requirement for “supervision and direction” ...

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Email addresses required as part of official address (access required)

Email addresses are now required as part of the “address of record” maintained by the VSB for every active attorney. But the bar is not providing any lawyer email lists to the public. In a petition to the Supreme Court, ...

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Deadlines pushed back thanks to pandemic (access required)

Virginia’s COVID-19 response included extended deadlines for attorneys. The last day for payment of dues and assessments and filing statements of financial responsibility was moved from July 31 to Sept. 30. The deadline for compliance with MCLE requirements was pushed ...

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VSB Resolutions (access required)

Editor’s Note: At its meeting June 9, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Executive Committee, on behalf of the VSB Council and all members of the VSB, passed the following two resolutions: RESOLUTION: Marni E. Byrum WHEREAS, Marni E. Byrum, a ...

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