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A New Member Experience

Bank of America Center in downtown RichmondThe VBA office moved five blocks to the Bank of America Center in mid-September 2017. The new address is 1111 E. Main St., Suite 905, Richmond, VA 23219. Phone and fax numbers remain unchanged at 804-644-0041 and 804-644-0052, respectively. Staff email addresses have changed. Go to the staff list.

VBA on Main

Adjacent to the VBA staff office in downtown Richmond is a technology-filled location for VBA and attorney business and meetings, called VBA on Main. Your professional hub is meant to provide members with a centralized site for VBA business as well as an office away from your office for when members are in Virginia's capital city. For Richmond-area attorneys, VBA on Main serves as a convenient gathering spot for VBA events and activities. Many attorney destinations - the Capitol, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, law firms, state agencies and regulatory offices - are conveniently nearby.

Submit your reservation request at vba.org/reserve or by using the button below. Please note that in case of inclement weather, the VBA on Main schedule follows that of state agencies in Richmond.

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In the near term, the VBA is opening VBA on Main to all attorneys - at no charge - to experience this unique-in-Virginia bar facility. The member center is part of the VBA's initiative to be all interested attorneys' law partner for life.

VBA on Main-Your Professional Hub logo

Events also are being scheduled in VBA on Main. Already, the Young Lawyers Division 2017 fall meeting and an Administrative Law Section social have taken place in the space. The Virginia Family Law Coalition, the Joint Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Council and the Appellate Law Section Council have convened meetings on-site. And the VBA Board of Governors held its first quarterly gathering ever in VBA offices in the large conference room of VBA on Main.

Additionally, the VBA welcomes other bar groups to meet at VBA on Main. The Virginia Employment Lawyers Association and the Virginia Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association have gathered here, and the Hill Tucker Bar Association met at the VBA bar center in January.

map of VBA on Main location in downtown Richmond

Some members already have stopped by to see how the space can serve them. We encourage members and prospective members to stop by.

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If you are an attorney, judge, law professor, student or retired lawyer interested in using VBA on Main, the VBA staff is eager to answer your questions and ensure the space meets your needs.

To serve you best, please let us know what questions you have about the new space.

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Open House at VBA on Main

Spring 2017 VBA Journal coverMore than 100 members and guests experienced the VBA in a whole new way, at a Dec. 5, 2017, open house and grand opening of VBA on Main. Watch for other events at VBA on Main in member emails and on the VBA online calendar, viewable at www.vba.org/events/.

The story behind VBA on Main is told in the cover article "New VBA home adds work, social space for members," in the spring 2017 issue of the VBA Journal. Click the image to see the article.

Construction photographs and pictures from a hardhat tour by board members and other VBA leaders appeared in the fall issue of the VBA Journal.

Some features

VBA on Main floor plan

  • Five conference and huddle rooms, accommodating four to 26-plus (the large conference room can seat even more classroom-style; glass doors allow the room to expand to include the lounge/refreshments area)
  • Each conference/huddle room will carry the name of a VBA judicial region. From left to right, they are: Potomac, Tidewater, Southside, the carrels opposite are Blue Ridge, the reception area is Capitol, and the conference room at bottom right is Southwest.
  • Technology-wise, the large conference room is outfitted with a 90" monitor with HDMI connections, and has four ceiling speakers and a webcam conference system. Forty-eight-inch monitors with HDMI connections are available in the Potomac, Southside and Southwest meeting rooms.
  • Three study carrels provide semi-private workspace
  • A bright, airy lounge seating area with great views to recharge your phone, renew a friendship or rehydrate your body
  • A private phone room/nursing space
  • A printing/copying/faxing facility
  • Rocking chairs on the "front porch"
  • Robust Wi-Fi
  • An award gallery wall near the entrance
  • Cable television at the reception desk
  • Adjacent to VBA staff offices

Special hotel room discounts for members

Omni Richmond Hotel King2Graduate Hotel RichmondAdditionally, the VBA has arranged for discounted room rates at two nearby hotels for VBA members planning an overnight stay and use of VBA on Main. They are the Omni Richmond Hotel - just across the street from our building - offers a corporate rate for three levels of rooms, based on availability, and the Neighborhood Rate for the Graduate Richmond Hotel, a hip and eclectic property close by at 301 W. Franklin St. Book directly with the hotel and mention your VBA membership.

Free member services

As a benefit of your VBA membership, access to the following amenities at VBA on Main will be free:

  • Large boardroom that seats 26 conference-style or 49 lecture-style*
  • Two conference rooms that seat 6* (163 or 172 square feet)
  • Two conference rooms that seat 4* (140 square feet)
    • Advance reservations are encouraged at vba.org/reserve. Access will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, including walk-ins. Time restrictions may apply for prolonged use.
  • Use of carrels*
  • Use of lawyer lounge area
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Recharging stations for electronic devices
  • Copies and faxes* - up to 25 pages
  • Printouts* - up to 25 pages
  • Water, coffee, tea
  • Use of microwave ovens
  • On-site publications to read

* Plan are for nonmembers eventually to pay for these services.

Additionally, event space in a shared business conference center on the third floor of the building may be available by contract. Required fees apply.

The VBA also is considering providing the service of receiving business mail at its VBA on Main address for bar associations with no office space. If interested, please contact VBA Executive Director Yvonne Cockram at ycockram@vba.org.

The team making this dream a reality

RGI General Contractors is constructing the design created by architects SMBW. 7 Hills Advisors represented the VBA in the search for this space, the first new location for the VBA since the first paid staff member was hired 33 years ago.

VBA members of the Strategic Facility Plan Advisory Committee are George Braxton, Miles Dumville, Karen Gould, Steven Gould, Jim Guy, Jack Harris, Micheal Hern, Katja Hill, Michael HuYoung, Pete Johnson, Matt Kirsner, VBA Executive Director R. Yvonne Cockram, David Mercer, Dean Wendy Perdue, Michael Quinan, Rhodes Ritenour and Steuart Thomas.

Revisit elements of the journey that brought us here

 

A video tour of VBA on Main during construction and pre-furniture, with 2017 President David S. Mercer. Shared via a VBA email titled See what sets the VBA apart from other bar groups-VIDEO (9/21/2017)

Virginia Lawyer back cover ad-Oct 2017A full-page ad on the back cover of the October 2017 Virginia Lawyer promoting membership and the unique benefit VBA on Main presents.

Fall 2017 VBA Journal hard hat tour coverThe fall 2017 VBA Journal featured construction photos and images from a hard-hat tour by VBA leaders.

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