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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting serves as a gathering of Virginia lawyers and provides many CLE hours, chances to gather and catch up, and a place to conduct official VSB business.  A large volume of bar business gets conducted at this meeting, held every June in Virginia Beach.  The YLC provides a number of quality events for our membership and alumni to participate.


Annual Meeting Athletics

This committee is responsible for organizing the “Run in the Sun” 5 kilometer foot race and the “Beach Volley Follies” volleyball tournament, all sponsored by the Conference during the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June.  Each event brings significant participation and are some of the more widely attended non-CLE programs at the Annual Meeting.  Winners of each event receive a trophy.  Interested participants may contact the Athletics chair, found in the leadership listings, for more information or to register. 2013 Volleyball Tournament winners

2013 Volleyball Tournament winners


Annual Meeting Programs

This committee plans the special interest program that takes place during the Bar’s Annual Meeting held in Virginia Beach each June.  The program typically is on Friday afternoon and is a CLE program of particular interest to young lawyers.  For example, in 2012, the YLC hosted the award winning program “Judiciary Squares,” featuring Judges from the Commonwealth and Federal Benches.  Read more here.

During gubernatorial election years, this committee typically schedules a debate.  For example, in 2013, the YLC hosted the first Attorney General debate between the candidates.  Read more here.

Membership Meeting Luncheon

This annual gathering over lunch allows members to catch up and share with old friendships.  This luncheon introduces the membership to new officers and Board of Governors.  An annual report is given by the outgoing chair and the new young lawyer fellows are inducted into the YLC Fellowship.  The Burnette Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is awarded at this luncheon.

Jennifer McClellan hands the Presidency to Dan Gray.membership enjoys a lunch.the annual report

Jennifer McClellan hands the Presidency to Dan Gray, membership enjoys a lunch and the annual report


R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award

This award honors an outstanding young Virginia lawyer who has demonstrated dedicated service to the Young Lawyers Conference, the legal profession and the community and is presented at the VSB Annual Meeting in June.
Learn more here.

Judge Burnette with award winner Bob Byrne (2010)Judge Burnette with award winners Ken Alger and Hugo Valverde (2008)


Judge Burnette with award winner Chris Fortier (2013)


Judge Burnette with award winners Bob Byrne (2010), Ken Alger and Hugo Valverde (2008), and Chris Fortier (2013)


Poolside Reception

Members relax at the Poolside Reception after a day of CLE.Members relax at the Poolside Reception after a day of CLE.Members relax at the Poolside Reception after a day of CLE

Members relax at the Poolside Reception after a day of CLE


An annual tradition, the YLC organizes a reception for the membership and alumni.  The reception provides a relaxed atmosphere for members to socialize before the Dinner Dance, the apex of the Annual Meeting.  Families are welcome to join the party in the sun.  The reception is open to all members of the Virginia State Bar.


Join Us! Get Involved!

The Annual Meeting is largest gathering of Virginia attorneys outside of the Admission and Orientation Ceremony and the Young Lawyers Conference puts on CLE and events that meeting attendees anticipate and enjoy. Register here if you would like to attend.  Interested in helping with the planning of the Program or the Athletics?  Fill out our volunteer form and check the Annual Meeting boxes to learn more about our events at the Annual Meeting.


Joining Us For the First Time?

You have chosen the right place and the right time to be with us!  First timers get a registration discount and a very warm welcome to the meeting and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  Learn more.