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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


Civility and the Courtroom


Your behavior in a courtroom is not always about getting the best for your client now but also setting up for victory for your future clients. Keeping your cool and treating everyone with respect and dignity builds your reputation the right way. Join this panel of three judges who discuss behavior, integrity, and best practices for practicing in the courtroom and beyond. This 45-minute presentation is from the First Day in Practice Seminar on March 1, 2013.



What is Civility? (3:56)
Discovery Disputes (8:52)
Civility in Practice/Reputation (12:00)
Working within Ethics and Professionalism (19:00)
Facing Crises/Trouble (25:10)
General District Court Point of View (27:00)
Respecting the Court and its Staff (39:00)
Staying in Touch (44:45)


The Honorable Margaret Spencer, Richmond, VA
The Honorable Jacqueline Talevi, Roanoke County, VA
The Honorable Denis Soden, Henrico County, VA


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