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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


Balancing Work Family and Public Service


The Honorable Jennifer McClellan candidly discusses her experiences as a lawyer, legislator, and mother, answering questions from young lawyers. From the Women and Minorities in the Profession Call on June 8, 2014.


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Faculty: The Honorable Jennifer McClellan

Virginia House of Delegates, District of Henrico; City of Richmond

President, VSB Young Lawyers Conference


0:00 Introduction of Speaker

2:05 Objectives of Discussion

3:35 Background and Introduction into Politics

9:00 Lessons from Juggling Public Office, Private Practice, and being a member of the “Sandwich Generation”

14:00 Question: skills learned from leadership in organizations and in parenting

17:55 Question: navigating the current legal environment and keeping an open mind

20:50 Question: issues of importance to Delegate McClellan

24:40 Question: deciding to run for office

28:20 Question: networking and building more meaningful relationships

31:50 Wrap-up


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