Virginia Bar Association

Jun 5, 2023

Panel series provides networking, support for ‘lawyer moms’

In March 2020, Virginia Beach attorney Kristen Jurjevich enrolled her 4-month-old daughter in daycare. One week later, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And that meant the daycare was closed. “The year 2020 was a blessing in that I was able to spend lots of time with my daughter, but a challenge in that I had a […]

Feb 6, 2023

VBA Young Lawyers Division honors pair with awards

The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division recognized a pair of young lawyers earlier this year at the VBA Annual Meeting in Williamsburg. Richmond attorney Jennifer L. Ligon received the Sandra P. Thompson Award while Ann Petros, vice president of regulatory affairs at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions in Arlington, received the Emerson […]

Feb 7, 2022

Cardwell takes helm as VBA president

Roanoke attorney Victor O. Cardwell was installed as president of the Virginia Bar Association on Jan. 21, according to a release from the VBA. Cardwell is the first Black president in the VBA’s 134-year history. He was sworn in by his sister, retired Philadelphia trial judge Renée Cardwell Hughes. “Make no mistake, I know how […]

Jul 26, 2021

Three groups partner for ‘Lawyer Wellness Challenge’

Billed as “Virginia’s premiere wellness competition,” groups from across the commonwealth are partnering for the 2nd Annual Lawyer Wellness Challenge. The challenge, a 10-day virtual competition, is a collaboration among the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program and the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Lawyer Wellness Initiative. T[...]

Feb 1, 2021

Hello, Fellows – virtual edition

The Virginia Law Foundation’s annual induction of new Fellows is a longstanding feature of the Virginia Bar Association’s winter meeting in Williamsburg.  The VBA went online this year with its meeting Jan. 22, and so did the VLF, with a program the night before. As 2021 VLF President Jon Huddleston noted, “The world is a […]

Nov 16, 2020

New faces — Northern Virginia sees more diversity on bench, bar leadership

Advocates of diversity in the bench and bar say they’re pleased with recent advances in Northern Virginia, but questions remain about whether the progress is sustainable. Observers also see work to be done in making other bar groups more representative. For lawyers in Northern Virginia, signs of change are readily apparent. The current presidents of […]

Feb 6, 2020

Virginia Bar Association taps leaders, board for 2020

WILLIAMSBURG–Virginia Beach lawyer Alison M. McKee took office as president of the Virginia Bar Association at the group’s winter meeting in Williamsburg Jan. 25. McKee, who practices with Kaufman & Canoles, succeeds Richard E. Garriott Jr., also of Virginia Beach. Garriott, a partner with Pender & Coward, became immediate past president of the group. McKee […]

Mar 14, 2019

VBA asks lawyers ‘RUWell’?

Justin W. Earley was “the picture of stability and success” early in his legal career, having graduated at the top of his law class at Georgetown, passed the bar in his home state and landed a job at one of its biggest firms. But just a couple of weeks into the new job, he woke […]

Feb 14, 2018

VBA looks to local bars to increase membership

The Virginia Bar Association recently began an initiative to increase membership by offering services to local bar members for free—on one condition. That condition is that the top three leaders of each local or specialty bar group—typically the president, president-elect and the next officer in line—would have to certify that they are already members of […]

Apr 28, 2017

Bar leaders, ACLU back judges’ right to advocate

A group of 23 former presidents of the Virginia Bar Association, as well as two civil liberties organizations, have come to the defense of two Virginia  judges accused of improper political activity. The former VBA presidents filed a friend of the court brief in support of Virginia Court of Appeals Senior Judge Rudolph Bumgardner III […]

Aug 5, 2016

VBA honors three at the group’s summer meeting

HOT SPRINGS — The Virginia Bar Association honored two leaders in the community of Virginia lawyers who practice before the State Corporation Commission at its summer meeting last month at The Homestead. Anthony J. Gambardella Jr. and Guy T. Tripp III received the VBA’s William B. Spong Jr. Professionalism Award. The two men were lauded […]

Jun 15, 2016

Fewer COA filings fuels fee hike plea

Lawyers who write wills have been winning clients with advice on “how to avoid probate.” This marketing pitch may draw estate-planning clients, but delivering for the client has led to a downturn in business for Virginia’s commissioners of accounts, who are charged with overseeing estate administration. A decline in filings in commissioner’s offices around the […]

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