Jon Huddleston was sworn in on June 19th as the 71st president of the Virginia State Bar (VSB). Jon will be the first Loudoun County lawyer ever to head the organization since its establishment in 1938.
The VSB is the regulatory agency of the Virginia Supreme Court tasked with monitoring and advancing the legal profession. The VSB comprises approximately 42,000 lawyers statewide. As president, Jon's leadership responsibilities will include presiding over the Bar Council, the governing body of the Virginia State Bar, as well as promoting efforts at increasing the accessibility and quality of legal representation. Public protection will remain a primary focus during the coming year.
Jon is a highly respected litigator whose practice focuses on domestic law and serious traffic infractions. He has been a frequent lecturer for numerous continuing legal education seminars and is a co-author on the Virginia CLE publication, Defense of Serious Traffic Cases in Virginia. He is a past Chairman of the conference for Local Bar Associations of the VSB and is a past President of the Loudoun County Bar. He is a member of the faculty on the Professionalism Course for Law Schools.
Jon's statewide experience provides a unique perspective of how he hopes to enhance the attorney profession through his role as President. "I believe part of my responsibility as the leader of the Bar is to outreach to Virginia's communities and explain what we do and who we are. We need to do a better job communicating our role and successes in the community."
As such, one of Jon's initiatives will be to spotlight unsung public service efforts of lawyers throughout the state. "So many lawyers dedicate hours and hours of their time selflessly to advance worthy causes in their communities," Jon said. "I want to both encourage and recognize those sacrifices. Lawyers in our state make a difference in people's lives beyond the courtroom. I'm proud of our profession and I want people to see the difference we make."
Jon takes particular pride in his firm's culture of service and dedication to numerous civic, government, educational, and non profit endeavors. "That's one of the many reasons I'm proud to be associated with these guys." Jon personally expends numerous hours with youth sports. He is a long time coach with the Central Loudoun Basketball League and Loudoun Soccer, receiving the coach of the year award in 2006.
Jon's wife and two young sons will be joining him at the VSB's annual banquet where he will be sworn in by The Honorable Burke F. McCahill, of the Loudoun County Circuit Court.