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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Professional Development Series

These programs aim to assist you in planning your career from making long term plans to how to adapt and behave in a professional setting. Receive advice from successful young lawyers and seasoned practitoners that will set the building blocks to a fulfilling career. If you are interested in contributing content, contact Chris Fortier at


Making the Transition from Student to Attorney


Join the VSB’s Professional Development Conference as we begin with the podcast, “From Law Student to Lawyer,” produced by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in November 2011. Get an overview of the new rewards and realities in your career, learn how to present yourself in person and on paper, and listen to tips from young lawyers who have successfully transitioned to the legal profession.




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Avoiding ethical pitfalls 3:00
The simple way to get in trouble/diligence 5:00
Communication 7:05
Avoid fee disputes 9:05
Keeping a good file 13:40
Cooperate with disciplinary counsel 15:20
Be competent 16:25
Comply with court orders 18:40
Be Civil 19:46
Avoid representing friends and family 21:51
Withdrawal from case 23:45
Cloud Computing Ethical Considerations 26:45
Social Media Ethics 31:20
Managing Transition to attorney 34:55
Networking/Client Development/Searching for Work 37:50
Using Social Media in Practice 46:50
Establishing Relationships/Starting as a law student 51:33


Amy Ingram, Ingram Law Firm, Saugerties, NY


Dane S. Ciolino, Professor of Law, Loyola University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Katherine Scannell – Assistant Dean of Law Career Services, Washington University of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO


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