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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


Appellate Advocacy 


Your clients have the right to appeal their trial verdicts to the appellate level but do you know how to advocate in front of these courts?  Join the Honorable Margaret Spencer, a current Circuit Court Judge and former Department of Justice attorney to hear her tips and basics for a successful appeal.


Faculty: Hon. Margaret Spencer, City of Richmond Circuit Court

The Basics (5:01)
Meaning of Appellate Advocacy (6:49)
Comply with Court Rules (7:59)
E-Filing (13:31)
Know the Facts (15:16)
Know the Law (18:18)
Assignments of Error (21:05)
Write an Appealing Brief (22:30)
Oral Arguments (28:03)
Keeping the Big Picture in Mind (29:34)
Be Considerate (31:20)


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