Information for the Public

The Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary professional association for attorneys. Two of the VBA's most visible areas of effort are law reform and public service, such as the veterans initiative. Members present and benefit from educational programming. The organization nurtures collegiality through conferences and social events. 

For an overview of the organization, see our most recent annual report (PDF) or Who We Are (PDF).

Virginia is unusual in that it has both a voluntary statewide bar association -- the VBA -- and a mandatory bar group to which attorneys must belong -- the Virginia State Bar. The Virginia State Bar is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. It regulates the legal profession of Virginia and assists in improving the state's legal profession and the judicial system.

Lawyer referrals, concerns, licensing

If you are seeking a lawyer referral, want to check an attorney's standing, have a complaint, or seek information about licensing, please contact the Virginia State Bar. You should also look through our frequently asked questions.

If you are seeking a lawyer or legal advice, you may wish to contact the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service toll-free at 1-800-552-7977 or, in the Richmond area, (804) 775-0808. The Virginia Bar Association does not offer lawyer referrals and does not offer legal advice to callers.

Victims of severe weather across the commonwealth can reach an attorney for free legal assistance by calling the Virginia State Bar’s Virginia Lawyer Referral Service toll-free at 1-800-552-7977 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Members of The Virginia Bar Association are among the volunteer Virginia attorneys available to offer advice about insurance issues, landlord-tenant problems, home repair contracts, home repair solicitations, lost legal documents, and other legal problems resulting from severe weather damage. If possible, callers should have in hand legal documents — insurance policies, contracts, and leases, for example — that relate to their questions. 

Courts, legislative information

If you are seeking information about Virginia courts, click here. To access information about federal courts, click here.

Visitors seeking access to Virginia's Legislative Information System may click here. Virginia government websites may be accessed by clicking here.

Marketing to VBA members

If you represent a business and are interested in marketing to our members, we have several possibilities available.

Helpful links

The VBA offers a page of Helpful Links to many websites that may offer answers to other questions you may have. While we cannot guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of other websites, it is our hope that this feature may aid you in your search for information.

Contact us: The Virginia Bar Association, 701 E. Franklin St., Suite 1120, Richmond, VA 23219      Phone: (804) 644-0041       Fax: (804) 644-0052      Email:
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