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The new VBA Journal and earlier VBA News Journals are the official publication of The Virginia Bar Association.

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VBA Journal Winter 2016-2017

Current Issue -- Winter 2016-2017

On the Cover
Historic preservation at the VBA: The mission of the Committee on Art & Artifacts, by Thomas M. Winn III.

'Til death do we part(ner). Virginia's new elective share laws, by John T. Midgett.
Changes to Rules 1.2(a) and 1.6(b)(7). A client's intent to commit a crime, perjury, and the lawyer's ethical duty to report, by James M. McCauley, VSB ethics counsel.
The growing potential issue of lawyer impairment, by Lisa Oliver Monroe.
Justice for all: Shining a spotlight on the topic of implicit bias, by Tony Guagenti.

VBA Journal Fall 2016

Previous Issue -- Fall 2016

On the Cover
The Young Lawyers Division reviews and evaluates itself to set course an even more vibrant future, by Toni Guagenti.

A look at Rule 1:1, Umana-Barrera, and nunc pro tunc orders, by the Honorable Everett A. Martin Jr.
Uncovering the true meaning of "best efforts" clauses, by Mark C. Shuford and Latosha M. Ellis.
What you need to know about Virginia's new Uniform POA Act, by I. Mark Cohen.

VBA Journal Spring 2016

Spring 2016

On the Cover
VBA President Jim Guy, in tune with law and life, by Lisa Oliver Monroe.

Virginia's vibrant legal history on display, by Toni Guagenti.
Europe's refugee crisis and the Schengen Accord, by Bryan W. Horn.
VBA's connection to one of the Cold War's most high-profile cases, by Shane Arrington; photos courtesy of Francis Gary Powers Jr.
Ten years and many tons with the Legal Food Frenzy, by Dawn Nolan.

VBA Journal Winter 2015-16

Winter 2015-2016

On the Cover
The legacy of Loving, by Stuart A. Raphael.

To have and to hold after Obergefell, by Matthew L. Kreitzer.
Same-sex marriage & estates, by Emily B. Talbott.
The future of public-private partnerships, by Arnie B. Mason.
Pro bono proponents, by Toni Guagenti.

VBA Journal Fall 2015

Fall 2015

On the Cover
Many VBA members have joined the ranks of small or solo practices with rewarding results.

Cybersecurity and the duty to protect confidential client information, by James M. McCauley.
Why lawyers resist rules requiring competence with technology, by Sharon D. Nelson and John W. Simek.
National Moot Court Competition prepares law students for practice. The YLD makes regionals a reality, by Lisa Oliver Monroe.

VBA Journal Spring 2015

Spring 2015

On the Cover
For VBA President Pete Johnson, life is as much about being in the moment as it is about practice and preparation.

A modern "Billy Goats Gruff": The patent troll under the bridge, by Belinda Jones.
Key aspects about the Affordable Care Act every attorney -- and employer -- should know, by Lisa Oliver Monroe.
VBA legislative initiatives find broad support, by Jeffrey S. Palmore.

VBA Journal Winter 2014-15

Winter 2014-15

On the Cover
In honor of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Professor A.E. Dick Howard looks at its influence, which greatly shaped American constitutionalism.

The role of Virginia courts in addressing unaccompanied alien minors, by Richard E. Garriott Jr.
The VBA's insurance agency subsidiary, Virginia Barristers Alliance Inc., adds lawyers professional liability and business coverage, by Lisa Oliver Monroe.
The effect of bankruptcy on mechanic's lien rights in Virginia, by W. Alexander Burnett and Andrew O. Mathews.

VBA Journal fall 2014 cover features the redesigned website

Fall 2014

On the Cover
The VBA's redesigned website features robust members-only capabilities and works well on smartphones and tablets.

A decline in legal writing skills raises concern, by Jody Taylor.
Is there a self-dealing exception to the business-judgment rule for Virginia limited liability companies? by Christopher Pickens.
What every attorney needs to know about 529 savings plans, by G. Alisa Ferguson and Chris McGee.

VBA Journal Spring 2014 cover features John L. Walker III

Spring 2014

On the Cover
Despite his father and grandfather's service as president of the VBA, pursuing the law wasn't a given for John L. Walker III.

Profits of membership: Business development through the VBA, by Jody Taylor.
Immigration crackdown: What employers should know before Homeland Security comes knocking, by Minnie Fu.
FCC ponders next step to protect a barrier-free Internet, by Eric G. Null

VBA Journal Winter 2013-14 Cover features 'Ted' Ellett

Winter 2013-14

On the Cover
Having a voice on the national stage add value: "Ted" Ellett serves as the VBA's delegate to the ABA.

U.S. Supreme Court pre-empts Virginia's statute on revocation of death benefits.
The Docket: Fall networking and education programs.
The culture of inclusion -- a Law Practice Management Division initiative.

Fall 2013 VBA Journal cover image

 Fall 2013

On the Cover
The story behind the VBA's insurance subsidiary, Virginia Barristers Alliance.

How the new advertising ethics rules affect your solicitation of potential clients.
Five points Virginia lawyers should keep in mind about non-compete covenants.
Q&A with John Dean and James Robenalt, 40 years after the Senate Watergate Committee hearings.

Spring 2013 VBA Journal cover image

Spring 2013

Cover story
Tom Bagby fosters collaboration.

Virginia policy and the Affordable Care Act
Careful study by the Boyd-Graves Conference
2013 legislative gains

Winter 2012-13 VBA Journal cover

Winter 2012-2013

Cover story
Legislative process goes year'round

Ethics Rule 1.18: Duties to a prospective client, by Robert L. Freed

Women in the Law
Lawyers Helping Lawyers assistance program

VBA Journal Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Redesigned and expanded in 2012 -- now 40 handsome, full-color pages

VBA Journal Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Earlier Issues

Winter 2011 Fall 2011 Summer 2011
Spring 2011 Winter 2010-2011 Fall 2010
Summer 2010 March/April 2007 Nov. 2004
Spring 2010 Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007 Oct. 2004
Winter 2009/2010 Oct./Nov. 2006 Sept. 2004
Fall 2009 Aug./Sept. 2006 Aug. 2004
Summer 2009 June/July 2006 June/July 2004
Spring 2009 April/May 2006 April/May 2004
Winter 2009 February/March 2006 Feb./March 2004
Oct./Nov. 2008 | Endnotes
Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006 Dec. 2003/Jan. 2004
June/July 2008 Oct./Nov. 2005 Oct./Nov. 2003
Feb./March 2008 Aug./Sept. 2005 Sept. 2003
Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008 June/July 2005 July 2003
Sept. 2007 April/May 2005 June 2003
July/Aug. 2007 Feb./March 2005 April 2003
May/June 2007 Dec. 2004/Jan. 2005 March 2003
January 2003 (Vol. XXIX, Number 1)

“Honoring the Chief Justice of Virginia,” remarks by the Honorable Gerald L. Baliles
“Lie, Cheat and Steal: The Art of Non-Legal Public Speaking,” by Paul B. Terpak
“Practicing Law Smarter, Not Harder,” Newsletter of the VBA Law Practice Management Division, edited by Jack White

  • “Kill the Clock, Spare the Lawyers: Has Alternate Billing’s Time Finally Come?” by Gant Redmon
  • “Do We Really Need Mentors?”
  • “In a World Full of Color and Images, Lawyers’ Documents Are Not,” by Jack White
  • “Now We Will Have HIPAA Regulations,” by Heman Marshall

Cyberlaw: “Combating Cyber-Torts: Protections and Pitfalls of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act,” by Gordon A. Coffee and Charles B. Klein

December 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 8)

Civil Litigation: “Law and Equity in Virginia,” by the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey
Young Lawyers Division: “The Fruits of Our Labors,” by Vaughan Gibson Aaronson

October 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 7)

Civil Litigation:

  • “Appealable Issues in Virginia: ‘Preserving Error’ and Determining ‘Finality,’” by Professor Kent Sinclair
  • “Preservation of Evidence: New Focus on Old Issues,” by John E. Coffey
September 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 6)

“Law and Politics: The Imperative of Judicial Self-Restraint,” by the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey
Civil Litigation: “Recovery of Lost Profits: An Improved Weapon in the War on Trade Secret Misappropriation,” by Attison L. Barnes III and Charles C. Lemley

July 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 5)

“Pigs and Rats Once Had Their Days in Court,” by Richard A. Repp
Administrative Law:

  • “Beyond Notice and Comment: An Examination of the Rulemaking Process in Florida,” by Stephen T. Maher
  • Perspective on Administrative Law: “Electric Deregulation Still Critically Important,” by Edward L. Flippen
June 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 4)

“Law Reform, Public Service Have Distinguished The Virginia Bar Association for 112 Years,” by Caroline Bolte Cardwell

April 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 3)

“An Introduction to the VBA Law Practice Management Division,” by Heman A. Marshall III
Construction & Public Contracts Law:

  • “Is the Failure to File an Itemized Statement of Account Jurisdictional?” by M. Melissa Glassman and John Wilburn
  • “Liability to the Owner for Latent Defects: It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” by Shannon J. Briglia
March 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 2)

“Thoughts on Leadership: Three Simple Words,” by the Honorable Gerald L. Baliles
Construction & Public Contracts Law:

  • “Application of the UCC to Construction Projects: Suppliers Beware,” by Fred R. Kozak
  • “The Subcontractor’s Dilemma: Recovery of Damages Caused by the Owner Under Virginia Law,” by William E. Franczek and John R. Lockard
January 2002 (Vol. XXVIII, Number 1)

“The Pro Bono Hotlines: Ten Years and Counting,” by David N. Anthony

December 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 8)

VBA Strategic Planning

  • “Toward Complete Professionalism: Balancing Lifestyle and Practice,” by Heman A. Marshall III
  • “VBA ‘Pipeline Project’ to Expand to New Venues,” by Professor Jayne W. Barnard
October 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 7)

VBA Strategic Planning

“Fostering Public Confidence in the Judicial System,” by F. Blair Wimbush
Domestic Relations:

  • “The Relevance of Tax Benefits in Child Support Calculations,” by Cynthia L. Ewing
  • “Dividing the House Divided,” by Cheryl Watson Smith
  • “Classification, Valuation & Division of Stock Options,” by Alexander S. de Witt
  • “Are You a Lawyer with CLASS?” by Cheshire I’Anson Eveleigh and David H. Spratt

Environment, Natural Resources & Energy Law: “New Regulations for Nontidal Wetlands,” by Roy Hoagland and Patrick O’Hare

September 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 6)

The Practice of Professionalism: “Playing the Game of Life,” by Professor John E. Donaldson
Administrative Law

  • “Recodification of the Virginia Administrative Process Act: Highlights and Comparable Sections,” by Paige Holloway
  • “Virginia’s Regulatory Town Hall,” by Stewart J. Lagarde Jr.
July 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 5)

Wills, Trusts & Estates Law

  • “How Repeal of the Estate Tax Will Affect Estate Planning,” by Howard M. Zaritsky
  • “Expanding Your Estate Planning Practice,” by I. Mark Cohen

“A Midsummer Night’s Movie,” by Rod Smolla

June 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 4)

Construction & Public Contracts Law: “Using the Statutory Employer Defense,” by D. Stan Barnhill
Administrative Law: “When Regulatory Agencies Twist Arms to Get Things Done,” by Lars Noah

April 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 3)

“Multijurisdictional Issues: Crossing the Line,” by Anthony C. Epstein

March 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 2)

Civil Litigation:

  • “Recent Changes in the Federal Rules of Evidence,” by Professor James Joseph Duane and Bruce D. Page Jr.
  • “Recovering Attorney Fees in Virginia,” by William R. Mauck Jr.
  • “The Fourth Circuit Lays a Real Trap for the Unwary,” by Professor James Joseph Duane
  • “Who’s ‘Interested’ in the Virginia Deadman’s Statute?” by Stephen C. Price and Lawrence J. McClafferty
January 2001 (Vol. XXVII, Number 1)

President’s Page: “Strategic Thinking: 2001 and Beyond,” by Anita O. Poston
John Marshall Bicentennial: “No Higher Inspiration, No Surer Guide,” speech by the Honorable Horace Gray



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