Committees are voluntary organizations which carry out a variety of special projects for the VIBA. Some Committees are established pursuant to Supreme Court Rule to address continuing needs of the bar while others are created for special projects by the Board of Governors. Committee and chair appointments are made annually by the President of the VIBA. Karin A. Bentz, President of the Virgin Islands Bar Association for the 2012 Bar year, has extended an invitation to all members of the Virgin Islands Bar Association to join a Committee.
This year the Virgin Islands Bar Association has made an all out effort to extend a hand to all members of the Virgin Islands Bar to become active in the Association. Particularly emphasis has been placed on getting government attorneys and attorneys in solo practices involved in the work of the Bar. Take an opportunity and review the Committees and become involved. Together we can make a difference!
If you are interested in a committee appointment call the Executive Director at (340) 778-7497 or send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Committee This committee shall oversee the development and execution of the Virgin Islands Bar CLE program to ensure the availability of a wide variety of on-island educational programs for members of the Bar.
Legislation and Law Reform Committee This committee shall advocate, by proper and ethical means, the adoption or repeal of such legislation as may be recommended by the Board of Governors and the Bar.
Public Education and the Law Committee This committee shall promote the public understanding of the law and its role in society. The Committee shall conduct educational programs designed to educate and inform the Virgin Islands community about law and the justice system.
Scholarship Committee This committee shall undertake fund-raising activities for maintaining and enhancing the solvency of our scholarship funds, establish the guidelines by which scholarships shall be granted, and plan, solicit, screen and otherwise grant scholarships to law students from the Virgin Islands who plan to engage in the practice of law in therein.
Technology Committee This committee will work with the Bar Journal Committee to improve the Bar's web site; evaluate technology issues as they relate to the legal profession and the administration of justice; and advise the Bar on the technology needs of its members and ways in which it can meet those needs.
Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee This committee is charged by the Virgin Islands Supreme Court to investigate all complaints against any person not authorized to practice law in the Virgin Islands, who is alleged to be performing acts or services constituting the practice of law; to take action as necessary against and to prevent the unauthorized practice of law within the Territory.
Young Lawyers Committee This committee shall further the objectives of the Virgin Islands Bar, stimulate the interest of young lawyers in the activities of the Bar; conduct programs of interest and value to young lawyers and those recently admitted to practice; be of assistance to the Bar and its other committees; assist in the establishment of young lawyer organizations in both judicial districts, and promote the involvement of all lawyers in public service activities.