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In July 1888, more than 100 attorneys from across the state formed Virginia’s first statewide bar group. They sought to raise professional standards and improve the law. At the time, Virginia lawyers faced no standards for bar admission, no bar examination, no code of ethics. They had no voice in judicial selection or law reform. And no means existed to discipline lawyers.

The VBA helped change that. In the 1920s and ‘30s, we called for lawmakers to create an agency to regulate the legal profession so that we were not policing our own members. That licensing and disciplinary agency, created 50 years after we formed, is the Virginia State Bar.

Virginia is one of only three states in the nation with both voluntary (VBA) and mandatory (VSB) statewide bar groups.

Presidents of The Virginia Bar Association

An asterisk (*) indicates that the person listed is deceased.

Honoring Past Presidents Sponsorship Program

  • 1888-89 William J. Robertson, Charlottesville*
  • 1889-90 R.G.H. Kean, Lynchburg*
  • 1890-91 E.C. Burks, Bedford City*
  • 1891-92 John Randolph Tucker, Lexington*
  • 1892-93 R.T. Barton, Winchester*
  • 1893-94 Waller R. Staples, Christiansburg*
  • 1894-95 Charles M. Blackford, Lynchburg*
  • 1895-96 Robert M. Hughes, Norfolk*
  • 1896-97 William Wirt Henry, Richmond*
  • 1897-98 William B. Pettit, Palmyra*
  • 1898-99 John Goode, Bedford City*
  • 1899-1900 William J. Leake, Richmond*
  • 1900 William A. Anderson, Lexington*
  • 1900-01 Lunsford L. Lewis, Richmond*
  • 1901-02 Thomas C. Elder, Staunton*
  • 1902-03 Samuel C. Graham, Tazewell*
  • 1903-04 Alexander Hamilton, Petersburg*
  • 1904-05 Alfred P. Thom, Norfolk*
  • 1905-06 Archer A. Phlegar, Bristol*
  • 1906-07 Allen Caperton Braxton, Staunton*
  • 1907-08 Wyndham R. Meredith, Richmond*
  • 1908-09 Micajah Woods, Charlottesville*
  • 1909-10 R. Walton Moore, Fredericksburg*
  • 1910-11 George L. Christian, Richmond*
  • 1911-12 Joshua F. Bullitt, Big Stone Gap*
  • 1912-13 William Minor Lile, Charlottesville*
  • 1913-14 Samuel Griffin, Bedford City*
  • 1914-15 Legh R. Watts, Portsmouth*
  • 1915-16 Eppa Hunton, Jr., Richmond*
  • 1916 John B. Jenkins, Norfolk*
  • 1916-18 Harvey T. Hall, Roanoke*
  • 1918-19 Lucien H. Cocke, Roanoke*
  • 1919-20 Randolph Harrison, Lynchburg*
  • 1920-21 Armistead C. Gordon, Staunton*
  • 1921-22 A.W. Wallace, Fredericksburg*
  • 1922-23 Edward P. Buford, Lawrenceville*
  • 1923-24 George Bryan, Richmond*
  • 1924-25 Robert B. Tunstall, Richmond*
  • 1925-26 John Randolph Tucker, Richmond*
  • 1926-27 R. Gray Williams, Winchester*
  • 1927-28 James H. Corbitt, Suffolk*
  • 1928-29 Whitwell W. Coxe, Roanoke*
  • 1929-30 J. Gordon Bohannon, Petersburg*
  • 1930-31 Robert L. Pennington, Bristol*
  • 1931-32 Virginius Randolph Shackelford, Orange*
  • 1932-33 James W. Gordon, Richmond*
  • 1933-34 S.V. Kemp, Lynchburg*
  • 1934-35 C. O'Conor Goolrick, Fredericksburg*
  • 1935-36 Stuart Bland Campbell, Wytheville*
  • 1936-37 James Green Martin, Norfolk*
  • 1937-38 Frank W. Rogers, Roanoke*
  • 1938-39 Lewis Catlett Williams, Richmond*
  • 1939-40 Robert O. Norris Jr., Lively*
  • 1940-41 Kennon C. Whittle, Martinsville*
  • 1941-42 William A. Stuart, Abingdon*
  • 1942-43 George E. Haw, Richmond *
  • 1943-44 Christopher B. Garnett, Arlington*
  • 1944-46 Howard C. Gilmer Jr., Pulaski*
  • 1946-47 Thomas B. Gay, Richmond*
  • 1947-48 John L. Walker, Roanoke*
  • 1948-49 David Nelson Sutton, West Point*
  • 1949-50 James S. Easley, Halifax*
  • 1950-51 W.R. Broaddus, Jr., Martinsville*
  • 1951-52 Alex W. Parker, Richmond*
  • 1952-53 Fred B. Greear, Norton*
  • 1953-54 T. Justin Moore, Richmond*
  • 1954-55 Michael B. Wagenheim, Norfolk*
  • 1955-56 F.D.G. Ribble, Charlottesville*
  • 1956-57 Edwin B. Meade, Danville*
  • 1957-58 J. Sloan Kuykendall, Winchester*
  • 1958-59 David J. Mays, Richmond*
  • 1959-60 William P. Dickson Jr., Norfolk*
  • 1960-61 Robert J. McCandlish Jr., Fairfax*
  • 1961-62 William T. Muse, Richmond*
  • 1962-63 Waldo G. Miles, Bristol*
  • 1963-64 Thomas C. Gordon Jr., Richmond*
  • 1964-65 Virginius R. Shackelford Jr., Orange*
  • 1965-66 George M. Cochran, Staunton*
  • 1966-67A.C. Epps, Richmond*
  • 1967-68 William A. Moncure, Alexandria*
  • 1968-69 George R.C. Stuart, Abingdon*
  • 1969-70 Toy D. Savage Jr., Norfolk
  • 1970-71 E. Waller Dudley, Alexandria*
  • 1971-72 John S. Davenport, III, Richmond*
  • 1972-73 Vernon M. Geddy Jr., Williamsburg*
  • 1973-75 W. Gibson Harris, Richmond*
  • 1975 Thomas V. Monahan, Winchester*
  • 1976 William B. Spong, Jr., Portsmouth*
  • 1977 A. Hugo Blankingship Jr., Fairfax
  • 1978 Edward R. Slaughter Jr., Charlottesville
  • 1979 Jesse B. Wilson III, Fairfax*
  • 1980 Lorenzo Lee Bean, Jr., Arlington*
  • 1981 Hugh L. Patterson, Norfolk
  • 1982 John F. Kay Jr., Richmond*
  • 1983 John L. Walker, Jr., Roanoke*
  • 1984 George G. Grattan IV, Earlysville
  • 1985 Evans B. Brasfield, Richmond
  • 1986 Edmund L. Walton Jr., McLean
  • 1987 R. Gordon Smith, Richmond
  • 1988 John M. Ryan, Norfolk
  • 1989 Thomas T. Lawson, Roanoke
  • 1990 F. Claiborne Johnston Jr., Richmond
  • 1991 Allen C. Goolsby, Richmond
  • 1992 Thomas C. Brown Jr., McLean
  • 1993 Whittington W. Clement, Danville
  • 1994 M. Langhorne Keith, Fairfax
  • 1995 R. Terrence Ney, Fairfax*
  • 1996 Douglas P. Rucker Jr., Richmond
  • 1997 Phillip C. Stone, Bridgewater
  • 1998 G. Franklin Flippin, Roanoke
  • 1999 David Craig Landin, Richmond
  • 2000 Anita O. Poston, Norfolk
  • 2001 Jeanne F. Franklin, Alexandria
  • 2002 J. Edward Betts, Richmond
  • 2003 Frank A. Thomas III, Orange
  • 2004 E. Tazewell Ellett, Alexandria
  • 2005 James V. Meath, Richmond
  • 2006 William R. Van Buren III, Norfolk
  • 2007 Glenn C. Lewis, Washington, D.C.*
  • 2008 G. Michael Pace Jr., Roanoke
  • 2009 John D. Epps, Richmond
  • 2010 Stephen D. Busch, Richmond
  • 2011 Lucia Anna "Pia" Trigiani, Alexandria
  • 2012 Hugh M. Fain III, Richmond
  • 2013 Thomas R. Bagby, Roanoke
  • 2014 John L. Walker III, Richmond
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