|YLD Activities and Projects|
For more information or to get involved with a VBA YLD activity or project, please click on the links below to read the descriptions, then express your interest to the program chair.
All YLD members involved in an activity or project that wish to put on an event should inform the VBA YLD for approval on expenditures and for assistance on promotion by submitting the event form as far in advance as possible.
ABA/YLD Award of Achievement
Project Details and Contact Information
Assists with preparing the YLD's application for Awards of Achievement judged by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. The VBA YLD has received numerous ABA accolades for outstanding performance by young lawyers' groups in a variety of categories.
Plans to create a publication to educate teenagers about the importance of responsible credit and debt management and the pitfalls surrounding the misuse of credit. In addition to including the federal and Virginia laws that protect their rights as consumers, the publication will feature information on various credit options.
John Alexander Chudoba, SunTrust Mortgage, 704-301-4644
Organizes events to encourage law students of every race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation to practice law in Virginia.
Provides pro bono representation at protective order hearings for individuals seeking protection from abusive relationships.
Name, Firm, Phone
The student arm of the VBA is a Law School Council. These affiliates support the mission of the VBA and provide leadership opportunities to law students.
Holds clinics and seminars across Virginia to provide legal information of particular interest to artists, arts organizations and nonprofit organizations.
Julia M. Bishop, Traverse Legal, PLC
Undertaken in partnership with the Attorney General's Office and the Virginia Federation of Food Banks, this project challenges all Virginia attorneys to participate in a friendly springtime competition to collect the most food and cash donations for the commonwealth's seven regional food banks. See the Legal Food Frenzy website.
Works to attract and retain members, recognizing the importance of outreach and involvement by new members in YLD activities in retention.
Kara Lee, Maddox & Gerock, P.C., 703-883-8035
Coordinates and recruits volunteers to help elementary school students advance academic achievement or learn about the judicial system and legal career opportunities.
Co-Chairs - Richmond
Exposes 2,000 high school students a year across Virginia to our judicial system by encouraging their participation in mock trials and mock appellate arguments before the Virginia Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Virginia.
L. Lucy Brandon, Willcox Savage, 757-628-5690
Coordinates the logistics of a regional brief writing and oral advocacy competition among teams of law school students from Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Kentucky. Regional winners move on to compete nationally. Committee secures members of the judiciary to serve as judges, and organizes a banquet and speaker for the participants, judges and committee members.
Opening Statement is the VBA Young Lawyers Division newsletter. Article ideas and submissions are always welcome. To learn more, visit openingstatement.org or email the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel D. Mauler, Redmon, Payton & Braswell LLP, 703-879-1948
Recruits lawyers to serve as volunteers in staffing events where telephone advice is given to callers to legal aid groups, which provides review as to financial eligibility for assistance.
Name, Firm, Phone
Updates a two-volume guide for practitioners. The Virginia Lawyer: A Deskbook for Practitioners is the successor to a basic practice handbook first published in 1966 by the Young Lawyers Division. Today the publication is a cooperative effort of the YLD and Virginia CLE.
Timothy McHugh, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8239
Presents topical issues in a public forum to foster public debate and citizen education on legal and political issues.
Name, Firm, Phone
Recruits and retains attorneys who volunteer to provide pro bono or “low bono” legal services to Virginia’s military active duty service people and veterans. Volunteer online via the Veterans Issues Task Force page.
Timothy McHugh, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8239
Volunteers and especially translators are encouraged to take part in this intake clinic on the first Monday of each month.The most common types of cases handled through the clinic are unpaid wages, landlord-tenant disputes and other general contract disputes.
Jonathan T. Lucier, Williams Mullen, 804-536-1475
Works with local bar associations and young lawyer groups to implement a program that provides free basic legal estate planning services to Virginia first responders and their spouses. Jointly sponsored by the YLD and the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference.
Ensures and coordinates YLD representation on the VBA's 19 open substantive law sections, such as Health Law and Administrative Law.
Franklin R. Cragle III, Hirschler Fleischer, 804-771-9515
Liaison Responsibilities and Contact Information
Serves to inform the YLD of American Bar Association action and as a bridge between the YLD and the VBA's ABA House of Delegates representative.
Jennifer Ann Haberlin, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, 703-504-9153
Supports the foundation, created by the VBA and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, by promoting awareness of Chief Justice Marshall and respect for the Constitution he cherished through educational programs and an annual teacher's award. The foundation also provides financial assistance to the John Marshall House in Richmond.
Lawton Buchanan Way, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-787-8019
Assist with Lawyers Helping Lawyers educational programs and coordinate treatment resources, information and monitoring of members of the legal profession who suffer from substance abuse.
Robert M. Falconi, Blankingship & Keith, PC, 703-691-1235
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In addition to the above projects, the YLD produced the following:
Adult Protective Services Video Project (FACT)
The VBA YLD, in partnership with The Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT), has produced a 25-minute video, "Protecting Adults at Risk: A Mandated Reporter's Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation." This informational piece is targeted toward required reporters of abuse of at-risk adults, defined as the elderly and adults with mental disabilities. In addition to a series of dramatizations highlighting the warning signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation, the video also explains to mandated reporters how to fulfill their legal duties by submitting reports to the Virginia Department of Social Services, the state agency charged with policing this problem. The video further features commentary from former Gov. Mark Warner as well as a number of experts in this field. Entities represented on the steering committee for the video included the Virginia Department of Social Services, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Crater Area Agency on Aging and Virginia Guardianship Association. The video was introduced at FACT's annual Collaboration Conference, which came on the heels of Adult Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month (May 2005). It has been recognized by the American Bar Association as a leading public service project. For additional information, please contact the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia.
Protecting Children Video Project
Our video project "Protecting Children: A Mandated Reporter’s Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” came out in 2002. After determining that there was a real need for this type of information, we produced this video to be geared toward those members of certain professions who are required to report child abuse under Virginia law such as medical personnel, social workers, child care providers, teachers, and law enforcement personnel. It provides guidance on recognizing the various forms of child abuse or neglect and reporting such abuse or neglect. The video features former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, representatives from Child Protective Services and other experts in the field and was done in collaboration with the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia, which additionally provided a grant. Also, representatives from Child Protective Services, the Attorney General’s Office, and the City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office contributed valuable time and effort in contributing to the content of the videotape. We believe this tape will be helpful to a number of groups and individuals including nonprofit child abuse organizations, associations representing required reporters and select state agencies. We are striving to get this video into the hands of anyone and everyone in the state who could benefit by it, so if you have any ideas for its distribution, please contact the chair of this project. For additional information, please contact the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia.