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A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

President’s Message – October 2017

Welcome to October! I hope all of you are having a great fall season! Whether it is pumpkin spice anything, college football, milder weather, leaves changing colors, or anything else that you love that is fall, the new season starts with energy and enthusiasm. It is no different with us in the YLC as we had our Young Lawyer Leader Institute and two Professional Development Conferences in September. October is just as busy with multiple events and programs.

 

Miss the Leader Institute? No worries! We have video of the program available to you. There are some useful programs that provide the direction of the YLC and introduce you to resources that you have a leader of the YLC. Feel free to view:

 

Intro to YLC Strategic Plan

VSB Policies and Procedures (2017 Update)

Wellness and Work-Life Balance (Sen. Jennifer McClellan)

Connecting with Those in Need (VSB President Doris Causey)

YLC Publications

Diversity and Inclusion

The Final Charge

 

Don’t forget, if you have not done so already, view the mandatory videos as to how the YLC operates. They are here.

 

Need CLE? Have colleagues who need CLE? Don’t forget that you need 12 hours with 2 hours of ethics and 4 hours of in person CLE to be compliant with the Virginia MCLE rules. We have opportunities available for CLE:

 

Monday, October 16, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions CLE (Hogan and Hartson, Tysons Corner Office) – Information and Registration

 

Friday, October 20, Professional Development Conference (Gentry Locke, Roanoke). 4 hours of CLE, 1 ethics (pending) - Information and Registration

 

We want you! Do you have that friend or colleague who says, “I want to give back and volunteer but I have no place to do it?” Send them to us! We still have volunteer chair and district representative opportunities available. If you know someone who is interested in co-chairing one of our committees, please fill out our volunteer interest form. Still available:

 

Hill Tucker Institute

Emergency Legal Services

Bench Bar Relations Committee

Bench Bar Dinner

Professional Development Series

Pro Bono

 

Watch for this: We’re evaluating participation in the Annual Meeting, specifically why do you go and how can we attract more young lawyers to the Annual Meeting. This is an issue our President-Elect, Brian Wesley, is studying and we are looking forward to the outcomes. Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

 

Stars on the Month (September): Congratulations to John Morgan and Rachel Radspinner, who have both put on successful Professional Development Conferences in Tysons Corner and Virginia Beach, respectively. Putting on one of these conferences requires securing a location for the conference, gathering speakers to cover six hours of CLE, getting materials together for approval from the MCLE Board, making sure there is lunch for the attendees, and coordinating the day-of activities. Congratulations John and Rachel!

 

Know of someone who is considering law school? Send them to the Hampton Roads Minority Prelaw Conference, October 14 in Williamsburg at William and Mary Law School. We’ll have speakers discuss LSAT prep, the law school admissions process, life in law school, the bar exam, and establishing a legal career. Register here.

 

Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Need Your Help: Last month, I wrote about what you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Today, you are also able to assist with the relief efforts with your legal expertise. The ABA has paired with the Louisiana Access to Justice Center to coordinate attorneys to provide legal advice to Hurricane Irma. You are needed if you are licensed in either Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands. Not licensed in either jurisdiction? Your help is still needed! They need all American licensed attorneys to assist with issues of Federal or Administrative Law and to provide research support for PR and USVI attorneys. Sign up online here.

 

See you in November!

~Chris