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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


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


Lawyers exist in a new legal market with its own perks but its own challenges. Learn how to navigate this market, learning what modern tricks work in addition to the traditional mainstays that never get too old. Plus, get a tour of Virginia’s Court System below the Court of Appeals. Learn the basics of getting into Circuit Court and General District Court in this brief overview of Virginia’s Courts.



Faculty: William R. “Rob” Sievers, Esq., McEachin and Gee, Richmond, Virginia


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


Becoming a Professor


Careers in Federal 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


Tips for Obtaining Your First Job


Practice Skills


Appellate Advocacy


Avoiding the Icebergs


Civility and the Courtroom


Contract Drafting


Family Law


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 Injury Law


Quality Oral Presentations


Steps for Successful Writing


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)


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.