Cooper Hurley Attorneys Attend Norfolk Meeting with VTLA’s Legislative Team
I have been busy with my work for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association after being elected as a Governor At Large last month.
On Tuesday night I was at Luce in downtown Norfolk when local attorneys met the VTLA’s legislative team to discuss issues of concern that they would like to see reflected in legislation in Richmond in the next session. I was joined by fellow Cooper Hurley lawyers Griff O’Hanlon and Bill O’Mara.
It was a fruitful meeting. We discussed issues with the legislative team that included the new VTLA General Counsel and former plaintiff’s attorney John Ayers. We also met John Lichtenstein, the President of the VTLA.
The VTLA is a voluntary bar association that was established in Williamsburg in 1959. It is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills and professionalism of trial lawyers across the Commonwealth of Virginia and committed to improving the law and the fairness of Virginia’s system of justice.
The VTLA has about 2,200 members across Virginia, The vast majority of its members own or work in small to midsized firms like Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.
The Association has a mission that goes beyond law firms. It works to educate the public about the role of trial lawyers and the importance of the jury in Virginia’s justice system. It has run many public education programs including People’s Law School, a Speaker’s Bureau and a teaching program featuring a video called The Road to Virginia Justice, which is presented each year to middle and high school students, informing them of their rights in the justice system.
I have worked with the VTLA for many years. Last month I was appointed as a Governor At Large to the Board of Governors of VTLA. Governors At Large are selected by a nominating committee made up of past presidents of the organization. Previously I was a District Governor from the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area and contributed to the group’s efforts on committees dealing with litigation support, public affairs and the legislative agenda. I also chair the Fundraising Committee.
I am thrilled to do my part in continuing VTLA’s long and impressive tradition as the preeminent plaintiff lawyers’ group in Virginia and was pleased to attend this productive meeting in Norfolk.