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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.

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Project Listing

ABA/YLD Award of Achievement
Credit Issues Project
Diversity Recruitment
Domestic Violence Project
Law School Councils
Lawyers for the Arts
Legal Food Frenzy
Membership
Mentor Program
Model Judiciary Program
Moot Court Competition
Opening Statement
Pro Bono Hotlines
Town Hall Meetings
Veterans Issues Task Force
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic
The Virginia Lawyer
Wills for Heroes
YLD Coordinator for VBA Law Sections

Liaisons

Project Details and Contact Information

ABA/YLD Award of Achievement

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.

Co-chairs

Seth J. Ragosta, Lenhart Pettit, 434-817-7979
Andrew B. Stockment, Lenhart Pettit, 434-220-9386

Credit Issues Project

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.

Chair

John Alexander Chudoba, SunTrust Mortgage, 704-301-4644

Diversity Recruitment

Organizes events to encourage law students of every race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation to practice law in Virginia.

Co-Chairs

Sydney Jones, Blank Rome LLP, 202-772-5837
Dawn N. Perez-Slavinski, Christian & Barton, LLP, 804-699-4117
Megan Dhillon, Handcock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., 757-869-8680

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Domestic Violence Project

Provides pro bono representation at protective order hearings for individuals seeking protection from abusive relationships.

Chair

Name, Firm, Phone

Law School Councils

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.

Statewide Co-Chairs

Nancy S. Lester, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., 804-663-2331
W. Randolph Robins Jr., Spotts Fain PC, 804-697-2074

Appalachian
Bryan L. Ragland, Ragland & Ragland, PLC, 804-495-1529

George Mason University Law School Council and Pro Bono Society
Laurie L. Kirkland, Blankingship & Keith, PC, 703-691-1235

Liberty University
Jeremy White, Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., 804-767-1138

Regent University
Kristen R. Jurjevich, Pender & Coward, 757-490-6261

University of Richmond
Madelaine A. Kramer, 703-852-7878
Robert Vaughan III, Crowgey & Associates, PLLC, 804-788-1700

University of Virginia
Seth J. Ragosta, Lenhart Pettit, 434-817-7979
Caroline W. Stanton, Williams Mullen, 434-951-5708

Washington and Lee
Patrick Bolling, Edmunds & Williams, P.C., 434-455-9129
Doug E. Pittman, Harman Claytor Corrigan Wellman, 804-622-1132

William & Mary
William L. Holt, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., 757-259-3885
Erin E. Deal, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., 757-259-3801

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Lawyers for the Arts

Holds clinics and seminars across Virginia to provide legal information of particular interest to artists, arts organizations and nonprofit organizations.

Chair

Julia M. Bishop, Traverse Legal, PLC

Legal Food Frenzy

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.

Co-Chairs

Stacey C. Forbes, Reed Smith LLP, 703-641-4221
William D. Prince IV, ThompsonMcMullan PC, 804-698-6254
Derek H. Swanson, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1081
Lauren W. Waller, Williams Mullen, 804-783-6590

Membership

Works to attract and retain members, recognizing the importance of outreach and involvement by new members in YLD activities in retention.

Statewide Coordinator

Kara Lee, Maddox & Gerock, P.C., 703-883-8035

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Mentor Program

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

E. Blair Wortham Powell, GreeneHurlocker, PLC, 804-672-4545
William J. Van Thunen, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8646

Model Judiciary Program

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.

Chair

L. Lucy Brandon, Willcox Savage, 757-628-5690

Moot Court Competition

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.

Co-Chairs

Kenneth W. Abrams, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-4771
Franklin R. Cragle III, Hirschler Fleischer, 804-771-9515
Daniel P. Watkins, Williams Mullen, 804-420-6045

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Opening Statement

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 editors@openingstatement.org.

Chair

Daniel D. Mauler, Redmon, Payton & Braswell LLP, 703-879-1948

Pro Bono Hotlines

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.

Statewide Coordinator

Name, Firm, Phone

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The Virginia Lawyer

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.

Chair

Timothy McHugh, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8239

Town Hall Meetings

Presents topical issues in a public forum to foster public debate and citizen education on legal and political issues.

Statewide Coordinator

Name, Firm, Phone

Veterans Issues Task Force

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.

Chair

Timothy McHugh, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8239

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Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic

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.

Chair

Jonathan T. Lucier, Williams Mullen, 804-536-1475

Wills for Heroes

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.

Co-Chairs

Emily Plocki, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, 202-383-0894
Lauren M. Ramos, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1168

YLD Coordinator for VBA Law Sections

Ensures and coordinates YLD representation on the VBA's 19 open substantive law sections, such as Health Law and Administrative Law.

Chair

Franklin R. Cragle III, Hirschler Fleischer, 804-771-9515

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Liaison Responsibilities and Contact Information

ABA Liaison

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.

Chair

Jennifer Ann Haberlin, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, 703-504-9153

The John Marshall Foundation Liaison

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.

Chair

Lawton Buchanan Way, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-787-8019

Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program Liaison

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.

Chair

Robert M. Falconi, Blankingship & Keith, PC, 703-691-1235

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STEVEN SAYS TO DELETE VIDEO SERIES BELOW

In addition to the above projects, the YLD produced the following:

Video Series

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.

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