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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

Steps for Successful Writing

One of the fundamental tasks of lawyers revolves around writing. Your writing will make or break your reputation. Learn about the fundamentals of writing from the pre-writing stage to the final revisions. Enjoy this 50 minute presentation from the Professional Development Conference in September 2012.


Faculty: Rachel DuFault, Bloomberg BNA, Washington, DC


Pre-Writing (3:21)
First Draft (12:52)
Follow the Rules (20:22)
Post-Writing (39:48)
Summary/Recap (47:54)


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