Former VSBA President to Speak at ASL

GRUNDY, VA (FEBRUARY 18, 2020) — In celebration of Black History Month, former Virginia State Bar Association President Doris H. Causey, Esq., will be the guest speaker at the Appalachian School of Law, February 26, 2020. Her presentation is open to the public and will be held in the Appellate Courtroom on the ASL campus at 12:30 p.m.

Causey was the first African-American and the first legal aid lawyer, to hold the position of president in the Virginia State Bar’s 79-year history. The Virginia State Bar is the agency that regulates the legal profession in Virginia. She was also the first State Bar president to serve on the executive committee of the American Bar Association’s National Council of Bar Presidents.

A managing attorney for Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Inc.’s Richmond office, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and political science from the University of Mississippi; and a Master’s of Education degree from Tennessee State University. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

In 2019, Causey won the Hill-Tucker Public Service Award. It was presented to her by the Richmond Bar Association, recognizing her “conspicuous public service and distinguished service beyond the practice of law.”

The award is named for two civil rights legal giants, Oliver W. Hill Sr. and Samuel W. Tucker, who fought segregation and broke down color barriers in education, employment, health care and the courts in Richmond and beyond. According to information provided by the Richmond Bar Association, Causey is recognized for traveling the state, representing indigent clients and for having made “a difference in the lives of thousands of Virginia residents” and for having “positively influenced the public’s perception of the legal profession and the justice system and served as an excellent leader and role model for her fellow bar members.”

Causey is a Virginia Bar Association Fellow, a member of the Richmond Bar Association and is a past member of the Bench Bar Conference.

Causey’s practice focuses on civil litigation, family law, landlord tenant, foreclosure defense and poverty law.


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Posted February 13th 2021 Posted by Brian Presley