RBA Public Education Projects:
The RBA has completed Phase 1 of a long-term public education project, You and The Law, the goal of which is to educate the public regarding Virginia's legal system. The genesis of this project was a call to action by Judge Broadhurst at an RBA luncheon last year, asking the Association and its members to do what it could to educate the public about the legal system in order to make citizens' interaction with the system more efficient and less frustrating, both for the litigants, the courts and lawyers. The project will have several different facets, all designed to inform the public of both procedural and substantive issues that will give citizens a better idea of how the legal system works. As part of the project, the RBA intends to set up a Speakers Bureau for local civic groups, employers and others to find speakers on legal issues.
The first series of You and the Law, the cornerstone of the project, was completed in March 2010. It included a series of presentations covering basic information relating to practices and procedures in the general district courts and the circuit courts, educating the public regarding issues where there may be misunderstanding or a lack of understanding, as well as substantive issues in specific areas of practice. Videos from the 2010, 2011, and 2012 sessions are available online. The handouts from the 2010, 2011, and the 2012 sessions are available in .pdf format.
Our goal is to offer You and the Law annually and also make our speakers available to community organizations. We are looking for volunteers to help with this project. We also would appreciate suggestions of topics to cover that you feel the public needs to be more educated on. We are particularly interested in procedural or substantive topics where you have encountered misunderstanding or lack of understanding by your clients.
Please help the RBA in undertaking what is a very worthwhile project.