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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 Awards of Achievement
Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Committee on Sponsorships
Credit Issues Project
Diversity Recruitment
Domestic Violence Project
Law School Councils
Lawyers for the Arts
Legal Food Frenzy
Legislative Committee
Membership
Mentor Program
Model Judiciary Program
National Moot Court
Opening Statement
Pro Bono Committee
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
The Virginia Lawyer
Town Hall Meetings
Veterans Issues Task Force
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic
Wills for Heroes

Project Details and Contact Information

ABA YLD Awards of Achievement

The American Bar Association presents annual Awards of Achievement recognizing outstanding performance by young lawyers' groups in a variety of categories. The VBA/YLD submits an application for these awards by reviewing the VBA/YLD's activities during the previous year. The VBA/YLD has a strong tradition of successful applications, and has received numerous ABA Awards of Achievement. This committee assists with the preparation of the VBA/YLD's application.

Leaders

Chair: Kristen Jurjevich, Pender & Coward, P.C., 757-490-3000
Chair-elect: Ann Kossachev, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, 703-842-2212

Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Identifies and coordinates diverse CLE programming for the YLD.

Leaders

Chair: Emily Gomes, Hogan Lovells US LLP, 703-610-6127

Committee on Sponsorships

Leaders

Chair:  Vacant
Chair-elect:  Vacant

Credit Issues Project

Creates 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.

Read "Introduction to Credit."

Leaders

Chair: Ann Kossachev, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, 703-842-2212
Chair-elect: Jeffrey B. Sodoma

Diversity Recruitment

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

Leaders

Chair: Arrion Dennis, Williams Mullen, 804-420-6507
Chair-elect: Vania Ratliff, Vandeventer Black LLP, 757-446-8549

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Domestic Violence Project

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

Leaders

Chair: Catharyn Oroszlan, Virginia Realtors, 804-264-5033

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

Chair: Madelaine A. Kramer, Sands Anderson PC, 703-893-3600
Chair-Elect: R. Patrick Bolling, Woods Rogers Edmunds Mullens, 434-455-9129

Appalachian School of Law

Chair: Vacant
Chair-elect: Vacant

George Mason University Law School Council and Pro Bono Society

Chair: Nicole Grejda, Curran Moher Weis P.C., 571-328-5020
Chair-elect: Vacant

Liberty University

Chair: J. Court Shipman, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 434-455-9948
Chair-elect: Johnathon Shbeeb

Regent University

Chair: Kevin Hoffman, Singer Legal Group, 757-301-9995
Chair-elect: Lily Ilnitskay

University of Richmond

Chair: Robert Vaughan, III, Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., P.C., 804-415-4400
Chair-elect: Reilly Moore, Hunton Andrews Kurth, 804-663-2342

University of Virginia

Chair: Ashleigh Pivonka, Zunka, Milnor & Carter, Ltd., 434-977-0191
Chair-elect: Henry Young, Scott Kroner

Washington and Lee

Chair: Sarah Kathryn Stahling, Kalbaugh, Pfund & Messersmith, P.C., 804-320-6300
Chair-elect: Adrianne Williams, Pender & Coward, 757-490-6277

William & Mary

Chair: Erin Johnson, Hirschler, 804-771-9559
Chair-elect: Vania Ratliff, Vandeventer Black LLP, 757-446-8549

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Lawyers for the Arts

The Lawyers for the Arts Committee is dedicated to providing legal information to artists, arts organizations and nonprofit organizations throughout various regions of the state. Working in partnership with local art communities and nonprofits, we hold clinics and seminars in the Richmond, Tidewater, Northern Virginia and Charlottesville areas for artists and art organizations focusing on areas of the law in which they have a particular interest.

Leaders

Chair: Jennifer F. Sullivan, ThompsonMcMullan, P.C., 804-698-6232
Chair-elect: Vacant

Legal Food Frenzy

This project, undertaken in partnership with the Attorney General's Office and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, challenges all Virginia attorneys to participate in a friendly competition to collect the most food and cash donations for the Commonwealth's seven regional food banks. More information can be found by visiting the Legal Food Frenzy website.

Leaders

Chair: William D. Prince, IV, ThompsonMcMullan PC, 804-698-6254
Chair-elect: Alex Cuff, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1062

Legislative Committee

Solicits proposed legislation from the Young Lawyers Division, shares them with the YLD Executive Board for approval and presents YLD-approval legislation annually to the Board of Governors during VBA Legislative Day.

Leaders

Chair: Craig A. Hoovler, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., 703-610-8657
Chair-elect: Ann Kossachev, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, 703-842-2212

Membership

The Membership Committee is responsible for assisting the general membership committee of the VBA with its efforts to attract and retain members. Recognizing the importance of the participation of new members in the activities of the VBA/YLD and the Association, the Membership Committee also undertakes various activities, such as regional luncheon programs and presenting information at the First Day in Practice Seminar, to educate new members and encourage active participation in one or more committees of the VBA/YLD and the Association

Leaders

Chair: Jordan Hays, 540-290-8823
Chair-elect: J. Clay Rollins, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., 804-663-2332

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Mentor Program

Chair: Ryan Hanson, Williams Mullen P.C., 757-473-5442
Chair-elect: Anna K. Page, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, 804-788-8200

Model Judiciary Program

The 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.

Leaders

Chair: Michael P. Gardner, Woods Rogers, PLC, 540-983-7533
Chair-elect: Vacant

National Moot Court

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.

Leaders

Chair: Travis Gunn, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-7622
Chair-elect: Janet Smith, Williams Mullen, P.C., 804-420-6212

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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.

Leaders

Chair/Editor-in-Chief: Graham K. Bryant, Supreme Court of Virginia, Law Clerk, 434-470-2992

Pro Bono Committee

Leaders

Chair: Elizabeth Olcott, Christian & Barton, LLP, 804-697-4100
Chair-elect: Callaghan Guy, Christian & Barton, LLP, 804-697-4152

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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SJIS)

Leaders

Chair: Elizabeth A. Reese, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, 804-788-8200

The Virginia Lawyer

The Virginia Lawyer, successor to The Virginia Lawyer's Basic Practice Handbook, was first published in 1966 by the Young Lawyers Division of The Virginia Bar Association in conjunction with the Joint Committee on Continuing Education of the Virginia State Bar and The Virginia Bar Association. In 2000, Virginia CLE and the VBA Young Lawyers Division joined in a cooperative effort to produce a new two-volume guide for practitioners. The main title, The Virginia Lawyer, has been retained. The publication is designed to assist members of the bar, particularly young lawyers and lawyers of all ages and levels of experience, in dealing with unfamiliar areas.

Leaders

Chair: Vacant

Town Hall Meetings

Leaders

Chair: Ashley Allen, Cozen O'Connor, 804-726-6915

Chair-elect: Vacant

Veterans Issues Task Force

The Veterans Issues Task Force (“VITF”) is an established, statewide initiative of the VBA. The primary purpose of the VITF is to facilitate the provision of pro bono or “low bono” legal services to Virginia’s veterans, active duty service members, National Guardsmen, and Reservists, (collectively “veterans”) who have legal issues that have a direct relationship to their service to the nation. Over the past several years, hundreds of attorneys have volunteered to participate in this initiative. Very recently, the YLD has taken over responsibility for the recruitment and retention of volunteer attorneys for the program.

Leaders

Chair: 

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Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic is a monthly intake clinic on the first Monday of each month. The clinic will be run through a consortium of law firms, including Williams Mullen, Hunton & Williams, McGuireWoods, Troutman Sanders, Christian & Barton and LeClair Ryan. Each firm will be responsible for staffing the monthly clinic on a rotating basis. At the clinic, the attorneys and translators will pair-off and occupy intake rooms where they will meet with potential clients. These intake sessions are aimed at gathering enough information to ascertain the central issue in the case and to obtain sufficient information on the potential client and potential adverse parties to be able to run a conflicts check. The most common types of cases handled through the clinic are unpaid wages, landlord tenant disputes and other general contract disputes. The clinic does not handle immigration matters, workers’ compensation claims, domestic disputes or criminal cases. We are constantly looking for volunteers, especially translators. 

Leaders

Chair: Michael Stark, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1187
Chair-elect: Vacant

Wills for Heroes

The Wills for Heroes program (WFH) was created in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when it was revealed that most of the first responders who perished in the line of duty lacked basic estate planning documents.  In recognition of the services and sacrifices made by the first responders, Virginia’s WFH program provides free basic legal estate planning services to Virginia first responders.  Jointly sponsored and run by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (VSB YLC) and the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (VBA YLD), we work with interested local bar associations and young lawyers’ groups to implement the program in cities and counties across the Commonwealth.

Since its inception in Virginia in 2003, the program has served, among other jurisdictions, the Counties of Arlington, Roanoke, Botetourt, Cumberland, Albemarle, Loudoun, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Prince William and Fauquier along with the Cities of Roanoke, Salem, Williamsburg, Danville, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Richmond, Portsmouth, Fredericksburg and Lynchburg.  During that time, the WFH program has provided over 2,000 estate planning documents. 

Leaders

Chair: Tyler J. Rosa, Pender & Coward, PC , 757-502-7343
Chair-elect: Jeffrey B. Sodoma

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