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A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Professional Development Series

Professional Development ConferenceThe Professional Development Series (PDS) 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 Julie Cook at and Kiana Noorishad at


Legal Research


You have left law school and the world of unlimited free legal research. Now that your services are being billed to clients, you have to do your best to provide the best service in the most efficient style. Follow two distinguished law librarians as they refresh your research skills and hone them to be client-friendly.



Faculty: Ben Doherty, Esq. and Leslie Ashbrook, Esq., University of Virginia School of Law Library, Charlottesville




0:28 - Themes and Advice from Judges


1:57 - Theme 1: Preserve Credibility by slowing down and getting the big picture


4:02 - Theme 2: Spend less time online searching and more time analyzing your findings


13:40 - Theme 3: Take Advantage of Secondary Sources: Use Books


21:14 - Theme 4a: Use tools, including online databases, for their strengths: Free Databases


27:49 - Theme 4b: Once you have some background, turn to Westlaw and Lexis


38:25 - When to use free or subscription databases for Virginia Legal Research


39:30 - What to Remember


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 Julie Cook at and Kiana Noorishad at


Practice Skills

Appellate Advocacy

Bankruptcy Law

Civility and the Courtroom

Client Interviewing

Contract Drafting

Criminal Law

Discovery 101

Documents and Business Records: Introduction, Authentication, and Admissibility
(Part 1) (Part 2)

eDiscovery I

eDiscovery II

Exceptional Oral Presentations

Federal Administrative Law
Family Law

Hearsay Exception
How to Ask a Question

How to Avoid the Disciplinary System
Incorporating Pro Bono into Your Career

Legal Research
Personal Injury Law

Post-Conviction Habeas Relief

Potential Dilemmas and Ethical Considerations in Mental Health Law

Proceedings in Immigration Court: Seeking Relief from Deportation

Professionalism: Your Image to the Profession

Real Property Law

Social Media and Law Practice

Steps for Successful Writing

Trial Practice Fundamentals
Traffic Court Practice

Virginia Administrative Law
Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Physical and Mental Health

Mental Health Issues

Nonprofit Work Life Balance

Personal Finance

Career Development

Attorney Client Privilege in the United States and Foreign Jurisdictions
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

Earning Your Stripes: The Nuts & Bolts of Networking

Entering Unknown Territory: Choosing a Career Path

Getting the Most Out of Your First Job

How to Be a Star Contributor

International Careers in Law
Making the Transition from Student to Attorney

Mediation Advocacy

Networking During the Holidays
Opportunities in a Changing Legal Market and a Guide to the Courts
Project Management

The Need for Pro Bono
Tips for Obtaining Your First Job

 Using the State and National Bars to Your Advantage

Business of Law

Charging and Getting Your Fee

Essentials of Social Media Policies

Ethics of Representing and Opposing the Disabled
Exceptional Customer (Client) Service

Financial Statements and Accounting

Introduction to Finance

Modern Legal Marketing

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

Steps to Being a Successful Associate with Adam Gropper

Technology and Your Law Practice


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