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About The Virginia Bar Association
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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.

Key approaches:

  • Advocacy: Improve the law by promoting legislative changes
  • Professionalism: Expand attorney proficiency through continuing education
  • Service: Make our communities better and stronger through member contributions and through increasing access to justice
  • Collegiality: Provide opportunities for attorneys to engage with like-minded lawyers through our Sections and Divisions and events

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:

  • All-member meetings (winter and summer)
  • Section-specific educational conferences
  • Legislative update seminars
  • Ethics and professionalism workshops
  • Socials and receptions

View Our Full Calendar

Programs

The VBA initiates and supports various programs that advance the ideals of the profession through advocacy and volunteer service:

Our History

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.

Our Honorees

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.

Our Staff

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.

  • Regular membership dues range from $185-$250 per calendar year, depending on number of years in practice.
  • Legal aid lawyers and attorneys working for nonprofits qualify for reduced dues of $125.
  • Fully retired and fully disabled attorneys are eligible for reduced dues of $125 a year.
  • VBA Life Members receive free membership.
  • Newly admitted to the bar? Apply for free VBA membership during the year you become licensed.
  • Studying the law? Students enrolled in a fully accredited school of law can advance their careers by joining dues-free.

Members become patrons of The VBA Foundation at giving levels beginning at $150 per calendar year. The VBA Foundation conducts and supports the charitable and educational purposes of the VBA.

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We proudly serve the constituents of the following associations:

  • Richmond Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

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.

By region

Capitol: 32%
Potomac and Washington, D.C.: 27%
Tidewater: 15%
Southwest: 8%
Blue Ridge: 8%
Southside: 4%

Ages

Under 30: 17%
30-40: 20%
41-50: 18%
51-60: 17%
61-70: 16%
71-80: 8%
Over 80: 4%

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:

  • 14% in private practice or corporate law
  • 1% in government or public service full time
  • 24% new admittees to the bar

Licensed for six or more years:

  • 49% in private practice or corporate law
  • 2% in government or public service full time
  • 8% are VBA Life Members (age 70 or better and active in the VBA for 40 years or more)
  • 1% fully retired or disabled

Judicial members: 10%
Retired judges: 4%
Law school faculty: <1%
Lawyer-legislators: <1%
Legal aid: <1%

2015 Programming

  • Live conferences and meetings: 18
  • Networking/social and member recruitment events: 14
  • MCLE credits offered: 112.5 (24 Ethics)
  • Number of registrants: About 2,000
  • Recorded CLE programming: 14 new titles on VBA Online CLE
  • Format: Both video and audio podcast, on-demand
  • Most downloaded recording: "Impact of Technology and Social Media"
  • Offered the VBA Leadership Series to help younger lawyers build competencies
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