|About The Virginia Bar Association|
The Virginia Bar Association is the independent voice of the Virginia lawyer, advancing the highest ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service.
The VBA is a voluntary membership organization created and supported by Virginia attorneys.
Sections and Divisions
The VBA encourages members to get involved in our sections and divisions that inform their practice, help them better serve their clients and fulfill their personal and professional needs.
Conferences and Meetings
VBA events bring together colleagues across Virginia for learning and socializing. Our members also build upon their professional networks through attendance at meetings and conferences, such as:
The VBA initiates and supports various programs that advance the ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service:
In July 1888, more than 100 attorneys from across the state formed what has become The Virginia Bar Association. For 125 years, the VBA has worked to protect the public through law reform, to enhance access to justice and to elevate “the standard of honor, integrity and courtesy in the legal profession.”
Read more about the history of the VBA.
At each statewide meeting, the VBA president recognizes outstanding achievement and service in the legal profession by individuals or groups. The highest honor of the association is the Gerald L. Baliles Distinguished Service Award. Presented more than a dozen times, this award acknowledges exceptional service and contributions to the bar and public at large.
See the entire list of awards presented by the VBA.
Who Can Join
All licensed Virginia lawyers and lawyers in good standing in the bar in other states and the District of Columbia are eligible for full membership. Membership is not automatic. Interested attorneys must apply to join.
Members become patrons of The VBA Foundation at giving levels beginning at $100 per calendar year. The VBA Foundation conducts and supports the charitable and educational purposes of the VBA.
We proudly serve the constituents of the following associations:
VBA by the Numbers
About 6,000 lawyers voluntarily join the VBA. The VBA has a diverse membership by geography, by age, and by type and size of organization.
Under 30: 17%
Experience and type of practice
About two-thirds of our members work in legal departments or law firms with 14 or fewer lawyers.
Licensed for less than six years:
Licensed for six or more years:
Judicial members: 10%
In 2013 the VBA presented 15 live conferences and meetings across Virginia. Programming at these events carried 102.5 MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) Credits, 18.5 of them in Ethics. More than 2,000 attorneys participated. Registrations rose 4.9 percent from 2012.
Recordings of VBA educational presentations added 20 titles – in both video and audio podcast format – to the catalog for VBA Online CLE. The most popular download: “10 Ways to Improve Your Brief Writing.”