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Vol. 62 | April 2014 | VIRGINIA LAWYER 51 The Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Forum in Danville on March 7 drew about 120 bar members from the 10th, 21st, and 22nd Judicial Circuits. The forums are sponsored by the Virginia State Bar's Conference of Local Bar Associations, in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Virginia and the VSB Special Committee on Bench-Bar Relations. Among those attending were Chief Judge Walter S. Felton Jr. of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, and Judge Robert J. Humphreys of the Court of Appeals. VSB NEWS < Noteworthy Bickmore, an insurance and risk man- agement consulting firm, has completed its review of the VSB's endorsement rela- tionship with ALPS. In light of the Bickmore report's recommendations, the Special Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance is not recom- mending any change in the bar's endorsement of ALPS. Bickmore was asked to: • Review the current market conditions for lawyers' professional liability insur- ance; • Recommend whether the Virginia State Bar should continue to endorse a mal- practice carrier; • Address marketplace changes and improvements since the inception of the program and the endorsement of ALPS in 2000; • Research the range and viability of cur- rent alternatives to the endorsement program; and • Consider the impact that discontinua- tion of the endorsement program would have on the Virginia malpractice insurance market and Virginia lawyers. ALPS is moving forward with its plan to become an admitted carrier in all states in which it does business. The Special Committee on Lawyer Insurance and the Executive Committee had earlier authorized a letter be sent to the State Corporation Committee urging that the ALPS application to become an admitted carrier be granted, deeming it to be in the interests of Virginia's lawyers. The Bickmore report concluded: In our judgment, the relationship between ALPS and the Bar is sound. It is producing benefits that either ALPS or the Bar, working on their own, would not be able to realize. There is no insurance availability issue that would indicate the need for an endorsed program. However, because the current endorsed pro- gram exists and is working well, we conclude it should be continued under its current terms. Bar Endorsement of ALPS Reaffirmed Forum Visits Danville A Note from the Editors: We Want Your Ideas The February and April 2014 issues of Virginia Lawyer are an example of our new approach of bringing you a wider range of interesting articles on a law-related issue. We know there are many other articles out there by and about the members of the Virginia State Bar that are just looking for a place to appear. We would like to open up our magazine to those articles. If you have an idea for an interesting article on a law-related issue that is not tied too closely to the daily news — we are, after all, a periodical, not a daily — please let us know about it. Send a note to Editor Rodney A. Coggin at or Assistant Editor Gordon Hickey at April2014VL_vl0414 4/3/14 11:26 AM Page 51

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