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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

How to Avoid the Disciplinary System

You hear about “those” lawyers, the ones who get in trouble. You hear about them through the rumor mill, you read about them in the Virginia Lawyer Register, and sometimes, you see them in the news. You do not want to become one of them but how do you make sure you do not wander into the murky waters of ethics? Learn from our bar counsel about how to build an ethical career and about what you need to do in uncertain situations.



Getting Involved in a District Committee (4:00)

Ethics Hotline (6:23)


Lawyers Helping Lawyers (9:03)

Ethics Tips (11:20)


Why Local Bars are Good (15:40)

Accounting for Unearned Client Fees/Trust Accounts (16:30)

Role of Disciplinary Section of the VSB (21:48)

Areas of Complaints (25:19)

Neglect Cases (28:25)

Examples of Ethical Violations (29:10)

Advertising (34:46)



Edward Davis, Esq., Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar, Richmond, VA



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