Fairfax County Attorney Inaugurated as President of Virginia State Bar


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June 23, 2004

 

Fairfax County Attorney Inaugurated as President of Virginia State Bar
First Government Attorney to Serve as Bar’s President

 

Fairfax County Attorney David P. Bobzien was inaugurated as the Virginia State Bar’s new president on Friday, June 18. Notably, he is the first government attorney to hold this post in the group’s 66-year history.

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leroy R. Hassell Sr. administered the oath of office during an evening banquet at the Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Va., where the bar’s annual convention was held this year.

“As president, I want to engage every lawyer in the bar’s programs, regardless of whether they practice in the public or private sectors,” Bobzien said. “I especially want to focus on the bar’s self-regulation of its members and emphasize lawyers avoiding trouble before it happens. Also, I want to assist the chief justice in his efforts to match volunteer attorneys with the working poor who need help with child support or visitation rights.”

On June 19, he began his one-year term as president for an expanding organization, which grew its active membership by nearly 12 percent between 1997 to 2002. Over the years, Bobzien has served the Virginia State Bar in other capacities, including as a member of the VSB council, the executive committee, the budget and finance committee and as past chair of the local government law section.

Bobzien’s long record of service for Virginia’s legal community extends beyond the VSB. He is a past president of the Fairfax Bar Foundation and the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia. Currently, he is a board member of the Fairfax Bar Foundation and he represents the executive committee on the Virginia Law Foundation’s Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Bobzien received his college education at Holy Cross College, graduating in 1968 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He went on to graduate from the law school at the University of Virginia in 1971. While serving as an army judge advocate general, he earned a master of laws in taxation from The George Washington University.

Later Bobzien worked in private practice and then for the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility. During his time at the Justice Department, he served as the chairman of Fairfax County’s Goals Commission and as a member of the Planning Commission. He left the Planning Commission in 1993 when he was appointed county attorney.

The Virginia State Bar was created in 1938 as a judicial branch agency operating as the administrative arm of the Supreme Court. All 24,000 active licensed lawyers in Virginia must belong, pay dues and demonstrate compliance with the licensing requirements of the VSB. The VSB is responsible for regulating the legal profession in Virginia, improving the availability and quality of legal services in Virginia, and assisting in the improvement of the legal profession and judicial system.

For more information, contact the Office of the County Attorney at 703-324-2421, TTY 711.


 

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