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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


Post-Conviction Habeas Relief



Jon Sheldon, Esq., provides a great introductory presentation for young lawyers on the challenges of post-conviction defense of non-citizen clients, habeas relief issue spotting, and resourceful practice tips for navigating in this unique area of law.


Faculty: Jon Sheldon, Esq., Sheldon, Flood & Haywood, PLC, Fairfax, VA


0:00 Introduction of Topic: Common Language in Criminal, Immigration, and Habeas


3:35 Practice Tips


6:45 The Problem with Guilty Pleas


8:15 Case Law


11:00 Deportation Warnings in Plea Agreement Forms


16:10 Effective Assistant of Counsel


21:50 Requirements for State Habeas


33:30 Subject Matter Jurisdiction


34:00 Prejudice: Strength of Evidence


40:20 Cooperating with Habeas Counsel


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