2016 Annual Meeting & WT Mason Charity Golf Tournament

June 2-5, 2016

The 76th annual convention will be held on the warm, sunny sand in Virginia Beach. If you are tired of snow and the cold weather, get ready to dip warm, flip flop wearing toes in the water at the beach!!

This year’s convention will include: 9 CLE hours (2.0) Ethics, a golf tournament, a card tournament, a dinner filled with mystery, lots of opportunity to network and much more.

Hotel information
Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
5700 Atlantic Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Wyndham reservation line number: 1.800.407.9832

King rooms $109.00 Plus tax per night
Complimentary wireless internet
Complimentary parking
Shuttle Service to the Boardwalk at 31st Street

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Please note:  Registration for the conference will no longer include a ticket for the presidential luncheon and no a la carte purchases for the luncheon is available. 

WT Mason Charity Golf Tournament

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Become a Member 

ODBA dues are paid on a calendar year (CY). Dues received after January 31 of each year will be a $50.00 increase.
  • New Membership - Free
  • Associate Membership - $50.00
  • Regular Membership - $150.00
  • Judicial Membership - $150.00
  • Lifetime Membership - $1,500.00

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Upcoming events

02 Jun 2016 (EDT) • Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
02 Jun 2016 13:00 (EDT) • Virginia Beach National Golf Course, Virginia Beach, VA
03 Jun 2016 12:30 (EDT) • Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
16 Jun 2016 11:45 (EDT) • Virginia Beach National Golf Club 2500 Tournament Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23456

About ODBA

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.

ODBA and BLSA of Regent Law School Forum: "Coming Together for Solutions: Prosecutors and Public Defenders"

ODBA and BLSA of Regent Law School co-sponsored a forum entitled, "Coming Together for Solutions: Prosecutors and Public Defenders" in the Moot Court Room of the Regent's Law School.

People on the panel:

  • Regina Hurt
  • Jamiliah Cruise
  • Vivian Henderson
  • Simone Booth
  • Shameka Hankins
  • Bruce Sams
  • Anton Bell
  • Tyrone Johnson

Led by the moderator, ODBA Member Artisha Gregg, the discussion focused on how attorneys on the opposite side of the courtroom work together yet maintain their inherent adversarial roles. The event was attended by law school students and seasoned and new attorneys.

"Making Black History Award" Given to President Holland and Member Scriven

Congratulations is extended to our President, Helivi L. Holland, and our Member W. Marcus Scriven on their receipt of Regent BLSA's Joyce Marie Plemmer Making Black History Award. Attorney Joyce Marie Plemmer was the first black attorney to graduate from Regent University. Last year, the law school recognized her and honored two of the ODBA's Judicial Members, Judges Teresa Hammons and Tanya Bullock. This year's awards were presented on February 26, 2016, in Regent University's Library Atrium at a dinner attended by more than 140 persons, including several ODBA members and our webmaster.

The announcement of the award from the BLSA chapter read that "these recipients were chosen because they embody the courage, boldness, and community spirit of the Black Law Students Association. They have also been consistent conduits of service opportunities for the student leadership of BLSA by introducing students to other attorneys and judges in order to establish one-on-one mentorship connections and by participating in forums from which to glean invaluable wisdom pertaining to the practice of law."

Pictured are Holland and Scriven and Holland, Plemmer and Scriven. President Holland is the first female and the first black City Attorney for the City of Suffolk. Member Scriven is a sole practitioner with law licenses in Virginia, California, South Carolina and DC.

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.

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