10.03.2013 James V. Meath Assumes Presidency of the Virginia Law Foundation

Press release from the Virginia Law Foundation

Effective this first day of October 2013, James V. Meath. Esq. succeeds Manuel A. Capsalis, Esq. as President of the Virginia Law Foundation.

Mr. Capsalis said, “Jim Meath will be a terrific president. His talents, experience and proven leadership abilities make him the perfect person to lead our foundation as we celebrate our 40th year as the philanthropic arm of Virginia’s legal profession. It has been my singular privilege to serve as president this past year, and I very much look forward to assisting Jim in fulfilling our mission of promoting and protecting the rule of law, improving access to justice, and supporting law-related education.”

A leader in Virginia’s legal community for many years, Mr. Meath is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Williams Mullen headquartered in Richmond, VA.  Throughout his career, he has been widely recognized across the Commonwealth and beyond as one of the leading Labor and Employment attorneys in the United States.

Mr. Meath served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association in 2003, was elected as the VBA’s 115th president in 2005, and is a past chair of the VBA’s Committee on Veterans Issues. He is a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation and also serves as an adjunct professor at the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond. 

Mr. Meath earned his juris doctor degree from the T.C. Williams School of Law, and holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from Virginia Tech. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University. In 2007, Old Dominion University presented Mr. Meath with the Distinguished Alumni Award from College of Arts and Letters.

About the Virginia Law Foundation

Through philanthropy, the Virginia Law Foundation promotes law-related education, the rule of law, and access to justice throughout Virginia. The Foundation has provided over $23 million in support of the groundbreaking Rule of Law Project, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, Lawyers Helping Lawyers, and scores of other projects. Its many responsibilities include the oversight of Virginia CLE®, the bar-sponsored provider of continuing legal education programs and publications.

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Ray White, Executive Director
Virginia Law Foundation / Virginia CLE®