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Membership
What is the Virgin Islands Bar Association?
• How do I join the VIBA?
• Who can join?
• Why should I join the VIBA?
• How much does it cost to join?
• If I have decided to I do not want to keep my active or inactive membership, how do I change my status?
• I am a member of the VIBA and I need to update my information in the directory, who must I contact to update it?

Continuing Legal Education

• How many hours of CLE do I need a year?
• Where do I go to submit my CLE credits?
 
Did the out of state seminar I attended receive VIBA CLE credit?
What VIBA seminars are upcoming?
• Where do I find CLE agendas from past VIBA seminars?

• I am inactive and wish to take CLE hours anyway, are there any restrictions? 

Committees and Sections

What are committees and sections?
• Does it cost extra to join one?
• Who can join one?



 

Membership

What is The Virgin Islands Bar Association?

The Virgin Islands Bar Association is a vibrant, progressive organization that provides Virgin Islands attorneys with the benefits of professional association with their colleagues. Its benefits include continuing legal education, interaction with the judiciary, participation in reform of the law, news regarding developments impacting the profession and much more.

The VIBA includes honorary members of the Virgin Islands judiciary, lawyers who are active, inactive, specially admitted, pro hac vice, lawyers in practice and residents and non-residents.  Including those working for business, government, and in other lines of work. The Association's members includes approximately 900 lawyers in the three Islands and beyond.   

Membership in the Association is provided to newly-licensed lawyers at a discounted rate for a portion of the year $75. Annual dues thereafter are graduated according to the member's status. Each month members receive the Association’s publication, The VIBA Newsletter and quarterly Bar Journal 
providing news about the profession in the Virgin Islands and articles on a variety of legal topics.



How do I join the VIBA?

The Virgin Islands Bar Association is a mandatory organization dedicated to promoting the interests of the legal profession and improving the administration of justice, the quality of members' professional lives, and their relations with the public. As a member, you'll find many opportunities to serve your profession and the public.

Please contact the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands at (340) 774-2237 for more information, or visit their website.



Who can join?

Automatic membership are for members who have passed the Virgin Islands Bar.  Membership in the VIBA is also open to all licensed attorneys who desire to practice on a pro hac vice basis or special admission. New admittees receive a discount on dues in the amount of $75.00 for the portion of the year they were admitted.


 

Why should I join the VIBA?

  • Affordable online legal research provided by Fast Case
  • Effective, convenient, and affordable territory wide CLE programs.
  • VIBA Bar Journal
  • ABA Books for Bars Program
  • Lawyer Referral Service
  • Member Directory     


How much does it cost to join?

Upon admission to the VIBA, lawyers automatically receive a discounted dues rate for the portion of the year they were admitted.  After that, VIBA provides several membership categories to serve the needs of all lawyers. 
 

·       For dues information, see below.

Admittance year (membership type)

Cost

Newly admitted to practice (for portion of year admitted)

$75

Admitted to practice as an active member

$300

Admitted to practice as an inactive member

$150

Admitted to practice pro hac vice

$300


 

If I have decided I do not want to keep my membership, how do I change my status?



I am a member of the VIBA and I need to update my information in the directory, who must I contact to update it?


Continuing Legal Education

How many hours of CLE do I need a year?

The Continuing Legal Education Committee administers a program established by the Court which requires attorneys to attend legal education classes each year. Lawyers must complete a minimum of 12 hours of legal education accredited by the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands. The minimum number of legal education hours must include a minimum of two hours every ear, of education devoted exclusively to legal ethics. Hours in excess of the minimum requirements may be carried over to the following year. Click here for the Court Rules regulating mandatory CLE.



Where do I go to submit my CLE credits?

You need to login to your profile and go to Professional Development.  



Did the out of state seminar I attended receive VIBA CLE credit?

Click here to see a list of approved sponsors. If you do not find the sponsor listed check with the seminar provide or apply for credit by providing the required information pursuant to Rule 208. 



What VIBA seminars are upcoming?

 

Click here to view our calendar of upcoming VIBA seminars.



Where do I find CLE agendas from past VIBA seminars? 

 

Click here to find CLE agenda from past VIBA seminars.



If I am inactive and wish to take CLE hours anyway, are there any restrictions?

 

No.  You can still take CLE hours. If you are a retired/inactive members, you can take any course at the member rate.



Committees and Sections

What are committees and sections?

Standing committees oversee the work of the Association in such areas of legal technology, member services, judicial evaluations, delivery of legal services and legal education. Currently The Virgin Islands Bar Association has 9 standing committees with over
50 members participating in their leadership. 

Volunteer to serve on an VIBA Committee.  Please login to your profile to access more information on the Committees, members and to volunteer. 

Currently the VIBA has no Sections.  Please visit this page often for information about our Sections.



Does it cost extra to join one?

No.


Who can join one?

Any member of the VIBA may join a committee of their choice.

 


 

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