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The Practice Tips Series is an online resource of articles for new lawyers and covers both substantive and practical aspects of legal practice.


Submitting an Article for Consideration

The Practice Tips are specifically designed for the new lawyer or a more experienced lawyer delving into a new area of law. The Practice Tips articles help introduce an overview of a particular area of law in an easy-to-read format. These articles are not meant to be scholarly publications or law review articles. These articles may figuratively constitute the intersection of Cliff Notes and Reader’s Digest with a professional tone.


Each article should be concise and limited to approximately 500 to 700 words. The VSB YLC prefers articles with short sentences and paragraphs, the use of active voice, bullet points, catchy quotes, and creative examples. In general, the Practice Tips Series follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, the Bluebook, 20th edition, and the Oxford English Dictionary.


Contact Alex MacDonald ( if you have questions or are interested in submitting an article for consideration.



1. The Great Escape: Grounds for Divorce in Virginia

2. Briefing Your First Appeal Before a U.S. Court of Appeals

3. Chapter 11 Plan Basics

4. Conference Call Fundamentals

5. Discovering FOIA: Using the Freedom of Information Act in Discovery

6. Five Critically Important Career-Building Lessons

7. Five Tips on How to Nail the Big Job Interview

8. Ethical Considerations at the Beginning of a New Civil Matter

9. Take Time to Reflect Think About the Bigger Picture

10. Key Tips to Effectively Cross-Examine a Witness

11. Winning Witness Preparation: How to Get Witnesses Ready to Testify at Trial

12. Moving into Management: How to Succeed in a New Leadership Role

13. Practice Pointers for Litigating Title IX Cases

14. Escape the Three Biggest Mistakes of Oral Argument

15. Five Tips on How to Nail the Big Job Interview

16. Dressing for Success – Tips on Proper Attire for the Office, Courtroom and Events

17. The Art of Seizing the Moment

18. Legal Memos Don’t Have to be Bad

19. Effective E-mails, Part 1: Get Noticed

20. Effective E-Mails, Part 2: Take Your Time

21. Effective E-mails, Part 3: Preserve the Privilege

22. Anchors Aweigh: Cognitive Biases in the Law

23. What Modern Lawyers Can Learn from Classical Rhetoric

24. The Great Fonts Debate: Choosing a Font for Legal Documents

25. “Reasonable calculated”: Confusion Over the Scope of Discovery

26. Clarity in Contracts: Three Techniques for Expelling Ambiguity