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A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

President’s Message – July 2017

Greetings and welcome to a new bar year! I am privileged to serve you for this upcoming bar year. I want this to be a year about us leading the Young Lawyers Conference to a place where we are relevant to the needs of Virginia’s young lawyers and put on effective public service projects that meet their missions. I am open to your ideas on improving the YLC and invite you to send your ideas to me at crfortier at


What you see here is a monthly update letting you know of our events around Virginia. If you are interested in helping out or want more information, reach out to me or the program chair and we will try to help you.


ARE YOU IN FOR NEXT YEAR? Thank you to those of you who have stated whether you still want to lead your program or district for next year. In June, we sent out a letter asking if you wanted to continue your commitment as chair of your program or district representative. Your response is greatly appreciated! Please reply (if you have not done so) to Maureen Stengel. If you have great volunteers on your committee, please let us know about them too.


THANK YOU! – If you are rotating off of our program chair or district representative positions, thank you for all your hard work and commitment to your fellow young lawyers. Please keep in touch if you need anything from the YLC or if you have ideas or recommendations for great volunteers and great programming.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS – This past month, we welcomed Melissa Little, Nerissa Rouzer, Giovanni DiMaggio, and Cate Huff to the Board of Governors. Two weeks later, we welcomed Craig Ellis to the Board of Governors. Farnaz Thompson, previously of the Board of Governors, was elected to the Secretary position while Brian Wesley took the President Elect position.


WANT TO WRITE FOR VIRGINIA LAWYER? The December issue of the magazine will focus on young lawyers and the state of the profession for us. Do you have an idea for an article? Send me a note and we will try to work with your ideas.


WILL YOU BE AT ABA ANNUAL MEETING IN NEW YORK ON AUGUST 10-12? If so, consider being a delegate from Virginia representing us at the ABA YLD Assembly. Email me for more information.




The YLC has some great events coming up. Please put these on your calendar:


YOUNG LAWYER LEADER INSTITUTE (FORMERLY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE) (Dinner on Friday, September 15, Meeting on Saturday Morning, September 16) – Hampton Inn Downtown Richmond. If you are receiving this email, then you are invited! Watch this space for announcements regarding speakers and topics for the conference. We’ll send more information shortly including some short videos to view before the conference.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE – September 22 (Washington, DC, Tysons Corner, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Roanoke). Watch this space for further details and registration information.


FIRST DAY IN PRACTICE SEMINAR - December 5, Richmond Convention Center


ADMISSION AND ORIENTATION CEREMONY - December 6, Richmond Convention Center


Have an event or project coming up? - Please let Maureen Stengel, Shemeka Hankins, and Chris Fortier know so that you can get on the website, social media, and these monthly notices!


AWARDS!!!! – Karl Doss is looking for a couple of recipients for pro bono awards. Pass to your friends/colleagues:


Please find attached the Call for Nominations for the 2017 Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Pro Bono Award, which recognizes outstanding pro bono contributions by a Virginia attorney or attorney groups, and the 2017 Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro Bono Award, which recognizes exemplary pro bono service by organizations, including law firms, bar associations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, law school programs, and corporate law departments. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at a ceremony during the VSB Pro Bono Conference and the Virginia Statewide Legal Aid Conference. Nominations are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 18. Please share this announcement with your co-workers, colleagues and network. Thank you.


Virginia Lawyers Weekly is looking for Up and Coming Leaders in addition to its Leaders in the Law. Here is a chance to nominate our colleagues and friends to be recognized as the trendsetting leaders in the Virginia legal community. Up and Coming is limited to lawyers in their first 10 years of practice while Leaders in the Law applies to anyone in the legal community. More info and nominations here




What do Young Lawyers Want from Bar Associations? From the ABA’s Bar Leaders Institute