Hello, readers –
Let me briefly touch upon lodging in Norfolk, VA. The VBBE will hold the February 2013 Virginia Bar Exam at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott (see map here). The actual room will be a large, conference-type ballroom in the Marriott’s conference center, which internally connects to the hotel. (Handwriting examinees will be in a much smaller ballroom, one or two floors above.)
I recommend booking a room at the Marriott. Yes, it’s pricey. Yes, you will have to pay for hotel garage parking for two days. Yes, bar examinees will be crawling everywhere, in every restaurant, at every table, on every floor and in every available room. But YES, it’s extremely convenient and well worth the little extra.
Between sessions, you can go back to the calmness and tranquility of your hotel room, instead of your miserably-cold car or whatever random cranny you can find on the lobby floor or near the ballroom (good luck). Depending on elevator traffic, your commute from your hotel room to the ballroom will probably last five minutes. Best of all, though, you’ll never have to step outside in the cold or rain.
I’m not in any way affiliated with Marriott, and nor do I own any of its stock. I’m just trying to look out for you.