Benefits of Membership
Membership to the Richmond Bar provides attorneys with a myriad of opportunities in which to enhance their law practices. In addition, Bar activities encourage social interaction and foster collegiality among members of the profession.
Sections and Practice Committees
- Business Law
- Corporate Counsel
- Environmental & Energy Law
- Real Estate
- Young Lawyers
Continuing Legal Education
Over 50 hours of timely, high-quality legal education programs are offered at a special member rate in areas of practice that include civil litigation, criminal law, federal and appellate law, juvenile and domestic relations law, business law, and ethics, among others. RBA members are eligible to take advantage of the CLE Discount Program, which affords a substantially reduced rate on Association CLE programs. Current members who renew their dues each year by September 1st and lawyers who join by March 1st as new members are eligible to register for one of the Association’s two-hour ethics seminars at no additional charge. (Due to space limitations, registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Should a conflict arise, members who notify the Bar office at least 3 days in advance of a program are able to re-schedule to a different date. Members who fail to show up without prior notification forfeit their right to re-schedule.)
In addition to the Bar’s web site, a newsletter published eight times per year helps legal professionals keep abreast of the latest news from the court and all Association activities.
Luncheons and Social Events
Six yearly luncheon meetings featuring outstanding speakers promote a convenient, collegial opportunity for lawyers and judges to meet.
Two popular cocktail parties provide an opportunity to promote camaraderie among members.
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Programs to Improve the Administration of Justice
Judicial Selection: Our Judiciary Committee is active in evaluating and recommending qualified persons to fill judicial vacancies.
Professionalism: The Richmond Bar promotes programs to elevate the standards of professionalism among members of the bar and has adopted a statement of Principles of Professionalism. Seminar topics include civility among lawyers, ethics, and media relations, among others.
Mentoring: The Richmond Bar Mentoring Program is designed to assist less experienced attorneys in acquiring the practical skills necessary to become effective members of the bar. The program matches Association volunteers who have practiced law a decade or longer with attorneys having less than seven years of experience.
Programs to Benefit the Public
Pro Bono Services: For many years, the Bar has served as an advocate for and leading participant in the delivery of legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer. Working in close partnership with the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc., the Association recruits and trains volunteers and solicits financial support for legal services to the poor. Our members assist non-profit organizations needing legal assistance by volunteering for the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation’s Pro-Bono Clearinghouse Program.