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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 Hotlines
Substantive Law Sections/YLD Representative Coordinator
Town Hall Meetings
Veterans Issues Task Force
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic
The Virginia Lawyer

Liaisons

  • ABA Liaison
  • The John Marshall Foundation Liaison
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program Liaison
  • 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: Vacant

    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: William Prince, Thompson McMullan PC, 804-780-1813
    Chair-elect: Sue Cook, Woods Rogers PLC, 540-983-7705

    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

    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

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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. 

    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: Court Shipman, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 434-455-9948
    Chair-elect: Johnathon Shbeeb, Butler & Livengood, PLLC

    Regent University

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

    University of Richmond

    Chair: Robert Vaughan III, Crowgey & Associates, PLLC, 804-788-1700
    Chair-elect: Reilly Moore, Ogletree Deakins, 804-663-2342

    University of Virginia

    Chair: Caroline W. Stanton, Williams Mullen, 434-951-5708
    Chair-elect: Virginia Blanton, Vinson & Elkins, 804-327-6322

    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 E. Deal, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., 757-259-3801
    Chair-elect: Vacant

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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.

    Leaders

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

    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.

    Leaders

    Chair: Stacey C. Forbes, Reed Smith LLP, 703-641-4221
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    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, TimerlakeSmith, 540-885-1517

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    Mentor Program/Capitol

    Chair: William J. Van Thunen, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8646
    Chair-elect: Ryan Hanson, Williams Mullen P.C., 757-473-5442

    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: Michele B. Dallman, Willcox & Savage, P.C., 757-628-5562
    Chair-elect: Michael P. Gardner, Woods Rogers, PLC, 540-983-7533

    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: Franklin R. Cragle III, Hirschler Fleischer, 804-771-9515
    Chair-elect: Erica B. Mitchell, Williams Mullen, 804-420-6444

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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: Daniel D. Mauler, Redmon, Payton & Braswell LLP, 703-879-1948
    Chair-elect/Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Lena L. Busscher, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-4754

    Pro Bono Hotlines

    Originated in Richmond and Tidewater, the Pro Bono Hotline committees actively recruit lawyers to be volunteers in staffing a "hotline" at the Legal Aid Society offices across the state. Volunteers, on a rotating basis, provide telephone advice to callers meeting financial eligibility requirements to ease the caseload of legal aid attorneys. A top priority of the Division and of the VBA, hotlines now exist in four legal aid service areas with further expansion planned as rapidly as possible. In 1995, the Pro Bono Hotlines received the American Bar Association's Harrison Tweed Award, the highest national honor given to projects providing legal services for the poor.

    Leaders

    Liaison:Laura Golden Liff, Miles & Stockbridge P.C., 703-610-8651
    Chair: Joseph Figuero, Protorae Law, 703-246-3389
    Chair-elect: Liz Olcott, Christian & Barton, LLP, 804-697-4100

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    Townhall Meeting

    Leaders

    Chair: Andrew Garrahan, Covington & Burling LLP, 202-662-5841
    Chair-elect: Ashley Allen, Cozen O'Connor, 804-726-6915

    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: Elizabeth B. Heddleston, Woods Rogers PLC, 540-983-7741
    Chair-elect: Vacant

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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: Jonathan T. Lucier, Williams Mullen, 804-536-1475
    Chair-elect: Michael Stark, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1187

    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: Timothy McHugh, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8239
    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 2000 estate planning documents. 

    Leaders

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

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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.

    Liaison

    Seth J. Ragosta, Lenhart Pettit, 434-817-7979

    The John Marshall Foundation Liaison

    The John Marshall Foundation is the joint creation of The Virginia Bar Association and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Its mission is to promote awareness of Chief Justice Marshall and respect for the Constitution he cherished, through educational programs and its annual teacher's award. The Foundation also helps fund the operating deficit on the John Marshall House in Richmond..

    Liaison

    Wyatt A. Deal, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8200

    Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program Liaison

    Lawyers Helping Lawyers is a confidential, non-disciplinary program designed to assist attorneys and other members of the legal profession who suffer from substance abuse. Volunteers assist with educational programs, coordination of treatment resources, information and monitoring of affiliated attorneys. For more information, please call Jim Leffler at (804) 644-3212 or 1-877-545-4682. More details may also be found on the Lawyers Helping Lawyers web page.

    Liaison

    Margaret KellyKaufman & Canoles, P.C., 757-491-4005

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