Young Lawyers Conference

Christy E. Kiely, president


Number of Conference Members:  9,620

Officers and new members for 2011-2012 fiscal year

President – Christy E. Kiely
President-Elect – Brian R. Charville
Secretary – Kenneth L. Alger II
Immediate Past-President – Carson H. Sullivan

New Members:
Jennifer L. Moccia (Second District)
Dean E. Lhospital (Seventh District)
T. Alexander Cloud Jr. (Tenth District)
Lakai C. Vinson (At-Large)
Monica A. Walker (At-Large)

Continuing Legal Education Programs Sponsored:

  • The Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions – 3  credits, July 8, 2011, George Mason
  • Professional Development Conference (full day) – 6 credits (2 ethics), September 23, 2011, Richmond
    • This program is specifically designed for new lawyers and offers practice tips on substantive areas of law as well as law office management and courtroom expectations.  The theme this year was “Practical Tips for an Evolving Legal Job Market.”
  • First Day in Practice (full day) – 6 credits (2 ethics), November 1, 2011, Richmond
    • This seminar focuses on substantive areas, civility, courtroom etiquette and emerging legal topics, such as electronic discovery.
  • Introduction to the Alexandria Courthouse – cosponsored with the Alexandria Bar Association, 2 credits, December 8, 2011, Alexandria
  • Consequences of Criminal Convictions for Individuals and Families Seeking U.S. Citizenship – 4 credits, March 2, 2012, Richmond
  • Immigration Remedies for Victims of Crimes Against Women – 2 credits, March 28, 2012, Richmond
  • Recent Developments in Mental Health Law:  Why Mental Health Law Matters To You – April 13, 2012, Charlottesville
  • Judiciary Squares:  Civil Procedure Edition! – Showcase CLE, 2.5 credits (.5 ethics), VSB Annual Meeting, June 15, 2012, Virginia Beach. This gameshow-style CLE featured nine judges as speaker participants, including Justice Bernard S. Goodwyn and Justice Cleo E. Powell, and a tenth retired judge, the Honorable Stanley Klein, as a moderator.  2.5 CLE credits were provided.

Special Activities:

In addition to the CLE programs described above, the Young Lawyers Conference continued its trademark programs, including:

  • Admission & Orientation Ceremony – This is a semi-annual event where newly licensed attorneys are introduced to the Virginia State Bar and Young Lawyers Conference, then are admitted to practice in the commonwealth by a convened court session of the Supreme Court of Virginia.  This year ceremonies were held on October 31, 2011, and June 4, 2012, in Richmond.
  • Bench-Bar Dinner – This celebration honors newly elevated women and minority judges in Virginia. This year’s event was on November 15, 2011, in Richmond, with eight honorees, including Chief Justice Cynthia D. Kinser, Justice Cleo E. Powell and Justice Elizabeth A. McLanahan.  Justice Powell, the first Black female on the Virginia Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker.
  • Docket-Call – Our award-winning newsletter again had four issues this year, supplemented with “e-blasts” that announced upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.
  • Emergency Legal Services – This program, a joint venture with the VBA’s Young Lawyers Division, assisted survivors of the earthquake and tornado that struck Virginia in the fall of 2011.  More than 100 attorneys are trained and on the volunteer roster.
  • Minority Pre-Law Conferences – Three conferences were held, in northern Virginia (February 25, 2012, George Mason), southern Virginia (November 12, 2011, Washington & Lee) and Hampton Roads (October 22, 2011, Regent University).  They introduce college students to the practice of law and explain the path to becoming an attorney (LSATs, law school admissions, etc.).
  • No Bills Nights – These events provide free, confidential telephone consultations with lawyers.  This year events were held in Richmond (September 25, 2011) and Danville (May 8, 2012).
  • Oliver Hill / Samuel Tucker Institute – Held June 24-29, 2012, at the University of Richmond, the institute introduces high school students to the legal profession and provides a weeklong on-campus experience, complete with mock law school classes and a mock trial exercise.  The Young Lawyers Conference now partners with the Diversity Conference on this event.
  • Rule of Law Students Day at the Capitol Program – On April 5, 2012, this program partnered for the first time with the VSB Diversity Conference, the VBA, and Richmond Public Schools to present a “Rule of Law” program that explains the American legal system to young students.
  • Wills for Heroes – This long-standing program provided wills, powers of attorney and advanced medical directives for first responders in Fairfax city (October 2011) and county (January 2012). 

The Young Lawyers Conference is also proud that it received awards of achievement in all five award categories for its division from the ABA Young Lawyer Division’s Awards of Achievement Program:

  • First place in the newsletter category for our Docket Call publication.
  • First place in the minority project category for the Minority Pre-Law Conference. 
  • Second place (tied) in the service to the bar category for Judiciary Squares - A CLE on Evidence Law.
  • Second place in the service to the public category for Students Day at the Capitol.
  • Second place in the Comprehensive category, which addresses the overall breadth and quality of our programs.

In addition to these classic programs, the Young Lawyers Conference has several new activities:

  • Fellows of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference – This newly created program is an alumni network of past Young Lawyers Conference leaders who have “aged out” of the conference. The fellows program will enable its members to maintain the personal and professional ties they have built, while serving as a state-wide resource to conference members. The fellows program is being led by Jon D. Huddleston (president) and Tracy A. Giles (vice-president), with assistance from a fellows board.
  • Board Match – This program will sponsor an online portal to match volunteer attorneys with nonprofit organizations in need of board members.  The venture is being led by committee co-chairs Melissa A. Hamann and Christopher C. Johnson.
  • Women & Minorities in the Profession Luncheon Speaker Series – Chair Monique Miles developed this series to discuss issues affecting women and minorities in the legal profession.  Topics included:  “Opening a Law Practice, Information Session” (November 29, 2011); “The Joy of Non Profit Practice: A Chief Legal Officer’s Perspective”) (December 12, 2011), and “Looking to Achieve Balance Between Your Career and Personal Life?” (May 29, 2012).

Significant Issues:  

The Young Lawyers Conference enjoyed an eventful and successful year.  The YLC is fortunate to have a dedicated board, an incredible roster of diligent and enthusiastic volunteers, and eminently capable VSB liaisons and support staff.  There were no significant issues to report.


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Updated: Aug 08, 2012