The purpose of the VBA is the production of practical, credible and/or amusing content of interest to those in the practice law; coupled with hosting social gatherings for Members to meet, grab a bite and perhaps share a laugh or two.
The Virtual Bar Association mixes the old and new - the on and off-line worlds and is not about BIGLAW or smalllaw - it's about the people at any size firm, grinding out the work, day in and day out. The VBA is not about the old boys' network but about new opportunities to improve the practice of law and connect those who do.
Along with the library of recorded knowledge, the VBA hosts live events and local meet ups, plus there's the web-based meet-n-greets and webinars -- all opportunities where VBA Members network and connect in meaningful ways and thereby gain far more from their membership than just a place to learn about better ways to practice law. VBA Members have shared food, stories and referrals/business too!
VBA Members learn not only from each other but from the aggregated knowledge of the VBA's hand-picked subject matter experts - all leaders in their field who share their core knowledge with VBA Members through webinars, lunch-n-learns and at live events.
These are not volunteers who drone on reading slide after boring slide ... but professionals who speak with purpose and passion about topics relevant to the practice of law. The VBA Literati are some of the most well-known, liked and respected speakers in their field.
When it comes to running your practice, save yourself the time, trouble and cost of learning from the School of Hard Knocks! Even worse - is not taking the time to learn what you need to know in order to practice law effectively and efficiently in the 21st Century.