YLC November 2018 Monthly Update
President’s Message

Dear Young Lawyers,

I would like to start by sending condolences to the families and communities affected by the synagogue massacre near Pittsburgh and the murders of innocent shoppers at a grocery store in Kentucky. It is incumbent on us as legal practitioners and protectors of the rule of law to call for calm and civility during this tumultuous time in our country and denounce violence against any and all people.
On October 26, 2018, the Council of the Virginia State Bar met to discuss a number of important issues affecting the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These approved initiatives and rule changes will be presented to the Virginia Supreme Court for consideration. The next meeting of the Council is set for February 23, 2019, with the Executive Committee meeting commencing on February 22, 2019.

I would also like to thank all of the young lawyers who have assisted the emergency legal response to Hurricane Florence in either Virginia or North Carolina. The need remains very real so if you are able to assist, additional information on pro-bono assistance in North Carolina can be found below.

Brian Wesley, President
Upcoming Event Dates

First Day in Practice Seminar - Dec. 4
Admissions & Orientation Ceremony - Dec. 5
YLC Board of Governors Meeting - Jan. 11-12
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.
Star of the Month

Harrison Powell, co-chair of the Wellness Committee is the Star of the Month for his creation and development of a wellness hike program, which kicked off on October 20th in Charlottesville. Stay tuned for the next YLC wellness hike and for more details on Wellness Month in January. Great job Harrison!
North Carolina ELS & Hurricane Response

A recent order of the North Carolina Supreme Court permits out-of-state lawyers to temporarily provide pro-bono legal services for low- to moderate-income North Carolina residents affected by Hurricane Florence. There are two (2) ways to assist:

ABA Free Legal Answers, an online portal that remotely connects low-income individuals with pro-bono lawyers, adapted its North Carolina site to accept out-of-state volunteer registrations. After following the instructions at this link , volunteer attorneys can log in and provide answers 24/7/365 at their convenience.

The North Carolina Bar Association is soliciting attorney volunteers for its Disaster Legal Services Hotline. Lawyers can sign up for client referrals and phone intake here .
First Day in Practice and Beyond Seminar

The Virginia State Bar's First Day in Practice and Beyond seminar takes place December 4th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

This program is excellent for those looking to change their practice area of just learn about different areas of law! This program is great for both new and experienced practitioners!

Learn from the best as experienced judges and lawyers provide attendees with practice tips and real life essentials!

Click here for more information!
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.

Moot Court Judges Needed
The Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division needs local attorneys to serve as appellate judges for the first two (2) rounds of the 2018 National Moot Court Competition held on Friday, November 16, 2018, at the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. The Morning Session lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and consists of rounds #1 and #2 (both on-brief). The Afternoon Session lasts from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and consists of rounds #3 and #4 (both off-brief). Please contact Frank Cragle,  fcragle@hf-law.com  with the session (Morning and/or Afternoon) for which you would like to serve. 
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.
Fairfax County Bar Association CLE Opportunity
The Fairfax County Bar Association is hosting a CLE geared towards recently admitted attorneys including an introduction to the Fairfax courthouse with a walking tour, speakers from the Clerks’ offices and judges of each of the courts. A networking event will follow the CLE. For further details, contact Matthew Persuhek at matthew.perushek@sfmlawyers.com .

November 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Newly Admitted Attorney Orientation CLE
Fairfax County Courthouse
To register, click here .
Networking Event following CLE above from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Hard Times Café, 4069 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Topgolf for Alexandria Young Lawyers

Get ready to show off your best drive! The Alexandria Young Lawyers are teaming up at Topgolf on November 14, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The cost is $20/person to play. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be provided. Space is limited. Please contact Mary Horner ( MHorner@lsnv.org ) or Clarissa Pintado ( CPintado@fiskelawgroup.com ) to reserve your spot. Note: no degree of skill is required to attend this event.
Annual Meeting Survey

The YLC is interested in your thoughts and suggestions to improve the Annual Meeting experience for our YLC members and their families. We have created a brief survey to gain your insights and sentiments on the Annual Meeting for the purpose of analyzing and presenting our results and recommendations to the YLC Board of Governors and the BAM Committee.

THE LINK TO THE SURVEY IS: https://goo.gl/forms/Eo15bsIoMbLsJfO13
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