January 2019 News
Dear Young Lawyers,

I hope you've all enjoyed a happy & restful holiday season! The YLC is off to a fast start with our first Board of Governors meeting this weekend. We're looking forward to an action-packed 2019 with events like our first annual Wellness Month, the Bench-Bar Celebration Dinner, and Rule of Law Day at the Capitol.

Now is the perfect time to get involved with your Young Lawyers Conference. Fill out an interest form and volunteer in 2019 !

Brian Wesley
Upcoming Events

ABA YLD Midyear Meeting - Jan. 23 - 27
VSB 81st Annual Meeting - June 12 - 15
Live in Southwest Virginia, Tidewater or NoVa?

The YLC has vacant district representative positions in the 1st, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th districts . Email Kristopher McClellan for more information.
CLE Opportunity on Pro Bono Reporting

Earn an hour of MCLE ethics credit while learning about the new voluntary pro bono reporting rule -- new on this year’s annual dues statement. Hosted by the YLC, the VSB Special Committee on Access to Legal Services, and the Alexandria Bar Association.
Crista Gantz, Access to Legal Services Director, Virginia State Bar
Jennifer Fulmer, Pro Bono Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria, Courtroom 2

Date and Time :
January 17
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Contact alexbar@alexandriabarva.org to register.
Wellness Month

February is the first annual Wellness Month. Join the YLC at the Wellness Summit next month, and consider one of the new CLEs on well-being as the Virginia legal community finds a way forward for " a profession at risk ."

  • The Virginia Law Foundation and Lawyers Helping Lawyers will host the 1st Annual Virginia Law Student Wellness Summit at the University School of Law.
  • February 5 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Join Supreme Court of Virginia Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, Justice William C. Mims, deans & faculty from all 8 Virginia law schools, members of the VBBE, as well as presidents, officers, members & staff from the VSB, the VBA, Lawyers Helping Lawyers, VBA YLC, and the VSB YLC.
  • Reserve your spot today.
  • Interested in volunteering? Volunteers are needed! Contact Harrison Powell.

  • On February 26, Professor Debra Austin is hosting a FREE webinar CLE on Optimizing the Lawyer Brain. 1.5 CLE credit hours approved. Registration and more information is forthcoming. Contact Harrison Powell of the YLC Wellness Committee.
Practice Tips

Do you need a few tips to assist you in your law practice? Can you give a couple of tips to other young lawyers?  Consider our Practice Tips Series -- short (500 words max) articles designed to show you how to accomplish tasks in the office, guide you through your first action, or provide general advice.
Stars of the Month
Jasmine McKinney and Stephen Pierce are our Stars of the Month! Jasmine and Stephen spearheaded the A&O Ceremony on December 5, where newly admitted attorneys were sworn in. A daunting task, which includes the coordination of many organizations, the A&O Ceremony ran perfectly, creating a memorable event for newly admitted attorneys and their families .
Serve on VSB boards and committees

District disciplinary committees, committees like Budget & Finance, boards like Clients' Protection Fund, and Bar Council -- lawyers like you run the bar. Learn more about serving .

Applications and petitions are due in February and March.
Events from Friends of the YLC

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) will host its annual Introduction to Federal Practice Seminar on January 11, 2019, at 1:00 pm, at the Norfolk federal courthouse . The seminar (CLE pending) will include presentations by a U.S. District and Magistrate Judge, along with federal practitioners who will provide tips for success in your first federal case. Clerk's Office staff will speak about the federal e-filing system and key Local Rules. The FBA will then move for attendees' admission to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. For further details, contact Katie Dougherty at  vkdougherty@gmail.com .
From Edwin Wu, ABA Representative for Virginia & Maryland:
The ABA Midyear Meeting is a semi-annual meeting of the American Bar Association, and all ABA members are invited to attend . I invite you to join me there in Las Vegas on January 23 through January 28. Or let me know if you're already planning to attend .

  • The ABA Young Lawyer's Division portion of the meeting will take place on January 25 & 26 and include debate, a diversity dialogue, receptions, networking opportunities, and YLD Assembly, the principal policy making body for the Young Lawyer's Division.
  • If you are interested in serving as an ABA YLD delegate for Virginia, contact YLC Chair Brian Wesley.
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