2016 Annual Meeting
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With the snow made Williamsburg look like a winter wonderland to all who attended the events of the 126th VBA Annual Meeting from January 21 - 23, 2016. Congratulations is extended to ODBA member "Pete" Johnson, III for an outstanding year as President of the VBA and congratulations and best wishes is extended to ODBA member James Patrick Guy, II as he begins his Presidency of the VBA.
The commitment of comradery between the ODBA and VBA was apparent as President Guy asked ODBA President Helivi L. Holland and her mother Col. (Ret.) Lula B. Holland to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at his swearing-in ceremony. Additionally, a highlight of the Meeting was the presentation of the VBA's highest award, The Gerald Baililes Distinguished Service Award, to ODBA member Retired Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas.
A hardy expression is extended to the VBA for the great hospitality that was extended throughout the weekend.
Message from the President
As we embark upon the 75th Anniversary in 2015 of our great bar association, I am more than humbled, pleased and honored to serve as the President. Many activities are planned for this year in our efforts to increase our visibility in the legal community. The ODBA has a legacy of pursuing justice and engaging lawyers and law students to do the same.
We have two new signature programs this year that I am pleased to announce. Our first program is aimed at increasing our visibility with law students. As such, we will host an “ODBA Awareness and Awards Reception” at a minimum of four Virginia law schools before June 30, 2015. ODBA members will host a reception at the law school and introduce law students to the benefits of membership in ODBA as a law student and as an attorney. Those in attendance will be entered into a drawing where the winner will receive a $250.00 book scholarship that night. Our second program is aimed at increasing our membership of attorneys by presenting the ODBA as a bar organization to join at the First Day of Practice Seminar sponsored by the Virginia State Bar. As a part of our “New Members of VSB Awareness Program,” ODBA materials will be displayed at this seminar and our members will be present to discuss the history of and membership in the ODBA with Virginia’s newest practicing attorneys.
Celebrating Our Founders, Our Fortitude and Our Future is our theme for our 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Conference. You are invited to this event, in addition to our Mid-Year Conference that will be held the first part of 2015. I remain committed to serving the ODBA and ensuring its efforts to provide premiere conferences with exceptional speakers and CLEs, co-sponsoring events with other stellar organizations in this Commonwealth that have like desires to pursue justice for all people and increasing our funding of programs that assist law students and communities in need of our services.
With the warmest regards, I am
Helivi L. Holland, Esq.
Spawned from the need to confront a policy that offended personal and professional dignity, from the need for African-American lawyers to associate for personal and professional growth, and from a need to encourage African-American lawyers to participate in the Virginia State Bar, the ODBA grew into an organization that filled not only those particular needs but one that also has provided continuity of leadership and support with respect to the various concerns of particular interest to African Americans and other people of color.
For example, over the past thirty years, ODBA members diligently, and successfully, worked to ensure the appointment of African-American lawyers to judgeships around the state.