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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Professional Development Series

Professional Development ConferenceThe Professional Development Series is a weekly podcast series devoted to our newly sworn in attorneys and young lawyers.  The PDS will present programs bringing basic skills training, introducing the business of the law, educating on mental health issues, and showcasing long term career options. Programs will come from a variety of sources locally and from around the country.  If you are interested in contributing content, contact Chris Fortier at


Client Interviewing

First impressions matter, especially with clients. A good initial client interview can set up a productive and positive attorney-client relationship. Learn how to design your process to get exactly what you want out of a potential client to set up the best relationship possible. Enjoy this 45 minute video with Mark Chinn, a family law attorney from Jackson, Mississippi.



2:00 Why should you brand your practice?

3:46 Purpose of Initial Interview

6:00 Setting up the interview/Designing the Form

10:20 Defining length of interview

12:50 Recording Interview/Tips for the Contracts

19:05 Tip on Contacting the Client

22:00 Taking Over a Case from Another Attorney

24:05 Preparing Pleadings

26:10 The Service Element/Defining the Mission and Objective

30:00 Warn Client about the Law

34:00 Counseling/Condemnation

35:57 Social Networking

37:30 Discussing Accounts

39:35 Surveillance/Recording Warnings

43:30 Summary/Ending the Interview

Faculty: Mark Chinn, Chinn and Associates, PC, Jackson, MS


Past Broadcasts


Enjoy past broadcasts of the Professional Development Series by topic area. If you have trouble accessing a past broadcast or have any questions about the series, contact Chris Fortier at


Career Development


Balancing Work, Family, and Public Service


Becoming a Professor


Careers in Federal Government


Careers in State Government


Diverse Paths to the Bench: Becoming a Judge


Discovery 101


Earning Your Stripes: The Nuts & Bolts of Networking


eDiscovery I


eDiscovery II


Entering Unknown Territory: Choosing a Career Path


Getting the Most Out of Your First Job


International Careers in Law


Making the Transition from Student to Attorney


Mediation Advocacy


Modern Legal Marketing


Opportunities in a Changing Legal Market and a Guide to the Courts


Tips for Obtaining Your First Job


Practice Skills


Appellate Advocacy


Avoiding the Icebergs


Civility and the Courtroom


Contract Drafting


Exceptional Customer (Client) Service


Family Law


How to Ask a Question


How to Avoid the Disciplinary System


How to Review Medical Records


Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career


The Inital Client Interview


Legal Research


Networking During the Holidays


Personal Finance


Personal Injury Law


Proceedings in Immigration Court: Seeking Relief from Deportation


Quality Oral Presentations


Steps for Successful Writing


Using the State and National Bars to Your Advantage


Virginia Administrative Law


Wills, Trusts, and Estates


Business of Law


Charging and Getting Your Fee


Financial Statements and Accounting


Introduction to Finance


Nuts and Bolts of Running a Practice: What Every Practitioner Should Know (Even if You Have an Office Manager)


The Future of Law


50 Legal Tech Tips in 50 Minutes


Physical and Mental Health


Mental Health Issues


Programming comes from the VSB Young Lawyers Conference, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and other sources with their permission.