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Young Lawyers Conference

A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

President’s Message - February 2018

We are in the home stretch of winter!  As we enjoy some warm days, we are continuing the push to serve our members and the public. We are also beginning to think about next year and the promise of more great heights for the future.  I am always willing to hear your thoughts on the happenings of the YLC at  Now, for the monthly news!

Interested in the Board of Governors?
We have a few openings for the Board of Governors as a few of our current Board members will be aging out or finishing up their board service.  As a member of the Board, you will be responsible for running this organization.  You will be the liaison to a few projects/districts, reporting on the status and seeking additional assistance when your projects need it. You will also be up to date on the issues affecting young lawyers.  You will travel to four Board meetings per year across Virginia in addition to the Young Lawyer Leader Institute in September and the Annual Meeting in June.
Nominations are open.  Submit an application here.  Send letters of recommendation and supplemental resumes to Lauren Parrish at

Burnette Award
Every year, we award one outstanding young lawyer with our highest honor, the Burnette Young Lawyer of the Year Award.  The award is presented to someone who demonstrated dedicated service to the Young Lawyers Conference, the legal profession, and the community.  Know someone who fits our criteria?  Nominate them!  See past recipients and nomination information here.

We Remember Judge Barry Logsdon
At the end of January, we lost Newport News Chief JDR Judge Barry Logsdon after a long battle with a terminal illness.  Judge Logsdon served the legal profession and the YLC.  Judge Logsdon was the Burnette Outstanding Young Lawyer Award winner in 1998 and served on the Board of Governors thereafter. He continued to serve the YLC after his time on the Board, serving as a panelist for our Judiciary Squares program and mentoring young lawyers including those who would serve as volunteers, leaders, and Board members.  You can see his obituary here.

Don’t forget to recommit…
As part of the beginning to transition from me to President-Elect Brian Wesley, we ask you all for a small favor.  You will be able to let us know if you are interested in working with us next year.  We will offer the option to continue in your same position, request a new position, or end your service.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Open Liaison Positions
We continue to get requests from Sections to have YLC liaisons to the groups.  You get to serve on the Board of the Section as an ex-officio member.  You will also participate in all section activities and report on the actions of the YLC to the Section and vice versa.  Available:

Family Law Section
Intellectual Property Section

Send a message of interest to if you are interested in serving in an appointment for the remainder of the bar year (through June 15).

No Bills Night – Prince William/Manassas
March 13, First Emmanuel AMC Church in Manassas. The WMPC and the Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association (NOVABAA) will be hosting a No Bills Night on March 13 in Manassas, VA. While there will be attorney volunteers at the event location, we are also in need of attorneys who are interested in taking calls from pre-screened individuals with questions. If you are interested in volunteering, feel free to sign up here.

Virginia’s largest gathering of legal professionals dedicated to technology and how it affects the practice of law is back! April 23 (Monday) at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  We have many nationally acclaimed speakers discussing the issues that affect the future of law practice.  Additionally, you can gain many tools to help you in your current practices.  I will be there speaking along with Jim McCauley and Britt Lorish on the marketing ethics rules and their updates.  Learn more and register here.

Rule of Law Day at the Capitol
March 28, Richmond. We still need volunteers to lead group discussions with the youth who will show.  The program reaches out to high school aged students in the City of Richmond and Henrico County and features tours of the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia State Capitol.   The students hear from judges, legislators, and lawyers.  For more information, click here.

Bench Bar Dinner
March 29, 6-8 pm, Richmond Hilton.  Come join one of our largest events and one of the few opportunities where the bench and the bar mix and mingle!  This event is worth the price of admission.  More information on the honorees and registration can be found here.

Minority Prelaw Conference
April 7, 9 am – 3 pm. Arlington.  We need volunteers in areas such as hospitality, speakers, and registration.  Learn more here.

Star of the Month
Did you know that we assisted the Bethel High School mock trial team prepare for a competition held at the Hampton City Courts last month?  Thanks to our star of the month, Carteia Basnight, a few young lawyers were able to coach the team with their trial skills and prepare witnesses for the competition. A number of students participated as everyone got to trial.  The students will return for an Appellate Simulation with the mock Court of Appeals.  Winners from this round will move on to the Supreme Court round.