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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 (amac2644@gmail.com) if you have questions or are interested in submitting an article for consideration.

 

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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