YLC December 2018 Monthly Update
President’s Message

Dear Young Lawyers,

As we wind down 2018, I hope that you had a productive year, both professionally and personally. During the holiday season, I challenge you to take some time off, recharge and get ready for 2019, but also to spend some time giving back.

One of the biggest needs facing Virginians is a lack of access to legal services. There are many organizations and programs available to help address this by encouraging lawyers willing to serve in a pro-bono capacity. Programs, such as VirginiaFreeLegalAnswers and Virginia Lawyer Referral Service , offer opportunities to get involved immediately to help those who might not be able to afford the services of a lawyer.

Also, there are a number of YLC pro-bono initiatives and programs where volunteers and assistance are always welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with the YLC to assist with pro-bono initiatives, please click here .
On behalf of the YLC and the Board of Governors, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season as well as a great start to 2019!

Brian Wesley, President
Upcoming Events

Admissions & Orientation Ceremony - Dec. 5
YLC Board of Governors Meeting - Jan. 11-12
ABA YLD Mid Year Meeting - Jan. 23-27
Star of the Month 
Rebecca Lawrence and Chanel Gray, co-chairs of the Minority Pre-Law Conference (Hampton Roads) are this month’s Stars of the Month. Rebecca and Chanel programmed an excellent conference for undergraduate students interested in future legal careers. The event took place at Regent University School of Law and had over 130 students registered! Great job Rebecca and Chanel!
Virginia Supreme Court Wellness Report
The Virginia Supreme Court recently released its final report of the Committee on Lawyer Well-Being entitled “A Profession at Risk, Report of the Committee on Lawyer Well-Being of the Supreme Court of Virginia”. The report can be found here and I would encourage all young lawyers to review it. Also, stay tuned for more information about the YLC’s upcoming Wellness month!
A&O Ceremony Volunteers Needed
The YLC Admission and Orientation Ceremony Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the Supreme Court Admission Ceremony taking place on December 5, 2018,  at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration of newly licensed attorneys. The time commitment is from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m . If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Blaire Hawkins at meredith.hawkins@richmondgov.com .  

SW Virginia District Representatives Needed
The YLC has vacant district representative positions in the 1st, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th districts. If you are interested in serving, or in learning more about this position, please contact Kristopher McClellan at kristopher.mcclellan@gmail.com .

YLC/YLD Program Chairs Needed
If you are a member of the VBA Young Lawyers Division and interested in serving as program chair/liaison between the YLC and VBA YLD, please send a statement of interest to Brian Wesley at bwesley@thorntonwesley.com . There are two (2) vacancies to fill.
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 maximum) articles designed to show you how to accomplish tasks in the office, guide you through your first action, or provide general advice.  Learn more here . Contact Alex MacDonald ( amac2644@gmail.com ) if you have questions or are interested in submitting an article for consideration.
Curious about serving on the various VSB boards and committees?
‘Tis the season for applying. Learn more about being on disciplinary district committees, boards like Budget & Finance and the Clients’ Protection Fund, and more. Applications are due in February and March.
Friends of the YLC- Events

Federal Practice Seminar and E.D. Va. Admission Ceremony
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 p.m., 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 .
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