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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

Professionalism: Your Image to the Profession


Many new attorneys experience some form of anxiety when they hear the word “Ethics.”  Join risk management professional Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. and Barbara Saunders, Esq., Assistant Ethics Counsel, Virginia State Bar, as they discuss the standards for our self-regulating profession.  As one of our presenters explains, the ethical rules are not a ceiling; they are a floor-that we all stand upon and can rise above.


Professional Development Conference, Richmond, VA October 4, 2013


0:00:    Introduction of Presenters

3:00:    Hypothetical #1-Do the Ethics Rules Prohibit Discourteous Behavior?

9:00:    Hypothetical #2- A Supervising Attorney’s Responsibility for his/her Employee’s Violation of the Ethics Rules

24:20:  Hypothetical #3-The Responsibility of Attorney who Violates the Ethics Rules at his/her Supervisor’s Direction

33:00:  Hypothetical #4-A Client Asks his/her Attorney to Show Less Civility to Opposing Counsel and to be “Tougher”

41:50:  Hypothetical #15-Keeping Communication:

Should an Attorney Try to Return Every Communication Received by a Client with a Telephone Call on the Same Day? 

What Should an Attorney do if Opposing Counsel is not Returning Telephone Calls?

53:30:  Hypothetical #22-Social Media and Blogging Issues

                        Client Consent to Post the Outcome of Case

                        Disclaimers Regarding Results of Cases

                        Hiring a Ghost-Writer

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