Barrister Book Buddies
At its organizational meeting in the Summer of 1998, the Board of the Roanoke Bar Association resolved to study and undertake a community service project during the upcoming bar year. At subsequent Board meetings, a number of ideas were discussed and at the suggestion of one member, a representative of the Roanoke City Public Schools was approached.
The Board members learned of the importance of reading to obtaining good scores on Standards of Learning tests. The Board also learned that those students who are not reading on grade level by the third grade are never likely to read on level. Last, the Board learned of the Roanoke City Public Schools' implementation of a comprehensive reading plan to improve reading in all grades.
In the Spring of 1999, Barrister
Book Buddies was born. Initially implemented during summer school,
the program continues today throughout the school year. RBA members
and staff volunteer to read one hour a month to an elementary school class.
James N. Kincanon and Jane S. Glenn Scholarships
The Roanoke Law Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors or students attending a four-year college, university or law school. The students must demonstrate diligence in and commitment to their studies, academic excellence, and an interest in the pursuit of the study of law. Applicants must be residents of the City of Roanoke , the City of Salem , or the County of Roanoke , or have graduated from a high school located in those jurisdictions. For more information, call (540) 342-4905 or visit www.roanokebar.com/scholarship.html .
In 2014 the Roanoke Bar Association is implemented the Peace of Mind Project, which provides free estate documents for first responders in Roanoke. RBA members who specialize in estate planning have been asked to prepare basic wills, advanced medical directives, and powers of attorney for firefighters and police officers who put their lives on the line every day for the citizens in our community. The 2014 Peace of Mind Project will concentrate on firefighters who have graduated from the two most recent Roanoke City Fire Department academies.