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The Opening Statement newsletter is published quarterly by the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of The Virginia Bar Association (VBA). It provides coverage of recent YLD events, announcements of interest to YLD members, and articles, advice, analysis and commentary about the practice of law, with an emphasis on content relevant to young lawyers.

Opening Statement's success has been recognized by the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, which has awarded it first place in the newsletter category for the VBA YLD division five years in a row.

Opening Statement is distributed to all members of the YLD as a membership benefit, and it is available online at:

The purposes of Opening Statement are:

  1. to promote the Young Lawyers Division and The Virginia Bar Association,
  2. to publicize the activities, events, and projects of the YLD and the VBA,
  3. to support the career development of young lawyers by providing a forum for YLD members to share their knowledge and experience with each other and for experienced VBA members to provide advice to young lawyers, and
  4. to foster the development of a sense of community among YLD members.

Opening Statement provides just one of many opportunities to get involved with the YLD's activities and projects. If you are interested in submitting an article to Opening Statement or helping with our editorial process, please fill out the form below to get in touch with us.

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