Benefits of Membership in the Prince William County Bar Association
Membership in the Prince William County Bar Association provides you with immediate access to your professional colleagues, the judiciary for the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit, and the community-at-large, through a variety of programs and services such as:
- Forums for networking and fellowship through membership luncheon meetings, breakfast with the judges events and receptions; and social events such as the annual bench bar dinner dance, picnics and happy hours. The Bar also sponsors judicial recognition events such as investitures and retirement celebrations.
- Publications and electronic venues to facilitate communication within the association such as Hear Ye! Hear Ye!, the monthly newsletter; the PWCBA website; free wifi at the PWC Judicial Center; the member’s only listserv which is useful for bench-bar and member-to-member communications; and the local membership pictorial directory.
- Locally-produced Continuing Legal Education Seminars at reduced rates. The PWC Bar is an accredited CLE sponsor with the Virginia State Bar.
- Mentoring programs to welcome new and prospective members to the Bar and the local courts. All new members are offered an individual mentor when they join the Bar and are invited to attend the bi-annual Introduction to Practicing Law in the PWC Courthouse program and Law Office Management 101 program, which are typically held in the fall. These programs are offered free of charge.
- Resources to facilitate the administration of justice in the Thirty-First Judicial Circuit such as annual bench-board meetings with the Circuit, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts; the ability to address issues of mutual interest through the Judicial Liaison Committee; and Timesaver Guidelines (publications that explain the procedures for all three courts). The Bar also sponsors annual judicial evaluations and contacts judicial screenings to assist local legislators in filling vacancies .
- Easy access to the court-appointed counsel lists for Circuit, General District and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts.
- Community service, business development and public relations programming to heighten awareness of, and an appreciation for, the law; improve the overall image of attorneys and keep the business of the law in Prince William County.
- Opportunities to facilitate public access to an attorney through the Prince William County Lawyer Referral Service and Modest Means Panel; conciliator programs for the Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts; and a variety of pro bono initiatives.
There is much to gain by joining the Prince William County Bar Association!