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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

President’s Message - November 2017

As Pumpkin Spice gives way to Gingerbread Spice and College Football begins to give to College Basketball, we are ramping down from a season of CLEs and gearing up to more festive occasions such as the holidays, and (from a YLC perspective), admitting the newest attorneys to the bar.

Annual Meeting Survey - Our President Elect, Brian Wesley, wants to improve the VSB Annual Meeting experience for young lawyers. He has convened a committee to study the issue and has a few questions for you. Please take 10 minutes and fill out this survey . Thank you for helping us improve the Annual Meeting experience!

First Day in Practice – December 5, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Richmond Convention Center. Get 6 hours of CLE credit learning about the fundamentals of up to 8 practice areas plus the basics of operating a law firm and professional practice in court. Have a new lawyer in your firm? Consider sending them to this program. Learn more and register here.

Admissions and Orientation Ceremony – It is that time of year again! December 6, 12 noon at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. We need volunteers to assist with the ceremony. Have some time to help? Contact Jennifer Wong at

We’re Updating the Emergency Legal Services Handbook – Disasters create great disruption and their effects create legal disputes and activate a number of federal initiatives that allow communities and individuals to rebuild. Lawyers are needed to guide the public through regulations and assist with legal disputes, for example, does a tenant pay rent for a dwelling that no longer exists? Interested in helping us add to the guidebook to train lawyers for disasters? Contact Edwin Wu, chair of the Emergency Legal Services Committee at

The New VSB Webpage – Have you checked out the new The webpage has been updated to point out features for attorneys and features for the public. The VSB is going through a three year process to update the website and phase one has been released.

Watch for us in Virginia Lawyer – The December Issue of the Virginia Lawyer features young lawyer authors. This is the first issue in years that features young lawyer written and centered articles. Special thanks to Christina Parrish, Melissa Little, Shemeka Hankins, Helen Chong, and Benjamin Shute for authoring the pieces and to Patrick Austin and Alex McDonald for their assistance editing the articles.

Have an Interested Volunteer? We Have Opportunities – Do you someone who is enthusiastic and interested in serving the bar? They should consider volunteering for the YLC. There are no membership dues and we provide interesting and unique opportunities to build a leadership resume and connect with lawyers around Virginia. Our open opportunities include:

Hill Tucker Institute (Co-Chairs)

Emergency Legal Services (Co-Chair)

Professional Development Series (Co-Chair)

Wills for Heroes (Co-Chair)

Additionally, our other programs are always accepting volunteers. Our volunteer interest form is here.

CLE in Your Town – We have a lot of video on our YouTube page and most of it was accredited for MCLE credit at the time of the presentation. As you know, you can receive MCLE credit through video presentations. We will soon offer select presentations for you to offer to your local legal community. All you need to do is find a room with a TV. More information will come next month as to specific programs offered.

Stars of the Month – We had multiple events go well with great attendance and interaction. Given that, we have a few stars of the Month:

Jessie Beringer and Laura Lieberman – They put on an exceptional Professional Development Conference in Washington, DC. The program sold out and provided six hours of CLE on topics such as trial strategy and the future of law practice.

Nancy Davidson and Adam Yost – They also put on an exceptional program for the Richmond Professional Development Conference, returning the program to Hunton and Williams and providing an exceptional experience.

Sasha Bershad and Elizabeth Nehrling Soutirou – They chaired a great conference on the Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and worked with Hogar Immigrant Services to send interested volunteers to serve those applying for American citizenship at the monthly naturalization clinics.

As always, I am here to answer any questions or discuss your concerns. I hope you have a great beginning to your holiday season!