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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

Client Interviewing

First impressions matter, especially with clients. A good initial client interview can set up a productive and positive attorney-client relationship. Learn how to design your process to get exactly what you want out of a potential client to set up the best relationship possible. Enjoy this 45 minute video with Mark Chinn, a family law attorney from Jackson, Mississippi.



2:00 Why should you brand your practice?

3:46 Purpose of Initial Interview

6:00 Setting up the interview/Designing the Form

10:20 Defining length of interview

12:50 Recording Interview/Tips for the Contracts

19:05 Tip on Contacting the Client

22:00 Taking Over a Case from Another Attorney

24:05 Preparing Pleadings

26:10 The Service Element/Defining the Mission and Objective

30:00 Warn Client about the Law

34:00 Counseling/Condemnation

35:57 Social Networking

37:30 Discussing Accounts

39:35 Surveillance/Recording Warnings

43:30 Summary/Ending the Interview

Faculty: Mark Chinn, Chinn and Associates, PC, Jackson, MS

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