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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

  • Veterans Issues Task Force
  • Town Hall Meetings
    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: 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: Brian Peeples, Pender & Coward, PC, 757-490-3000
    Chait-elect: Vacant

    Committee on Sponsorships

    Leaders

    Chair: Jon Puvak, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 540-983-9399
    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 Federally-Insured Credit Unions, 703-842-2212
    Chair-elect:  Vacant

    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, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, 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: Vacant
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    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: R. Patrick Bolling, Woods Rogers PLC, 434-846-9000
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    Appalachian School of Law

    Chair: Vacant
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    George Mason University Law School Council and Pro Bono Society

    Chair: Carissa Peterson, Yates Campbell & Hoeg LLP, 703-273-4230
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    Liberty University

    Chair: J. Court Shipman, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 434-455-9948
    Chair-elect: Johnathan Shbeeb, Liberty University School of Law (Student)

    Regent University

    Chair: Kevin Hoffman, Signer Davis, 757-301-9995
    Chair-elect: Lily Ilnitskay

    University of Richmond

    Chair: Reilly Moore, Hunton Andrews Kurth, 804-663-2342
    Chair-elect: Hayden-Anne Breedlove, University of Richmond School of Law

    University of Virginia

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

    Washington and Lee

    Chair: Vacant
    Chair-elect:  Vacant

    William & Mary

    Chair: Vania Ratliff, Vandeventer Black LLP, 757-446-8549
    Chair-elect: Vacant

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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.

    Submit your Lawyers for the Arts Pro Bono Referral Form here.

    Leaders

    Chair: Jennifer F. Sullivan, ThompsonMcMullan P.C., 804-698-6232
    Chair-elect: James Williams, Tingen & Williams

    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: Alex Cuff, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1062
    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, Ruyak Cherian LLP, 202-851-2307
    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: J. Clay Rollins, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., 804-663-2332
    Chair-elect: Vacant

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    Mentor Program

    Chair: Anna K. Page, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, 804-788-8200
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    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

    Co-Chair: Travis Gunn, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-7622
    Co-Chair: Alec Boyd, Hirschler, 804-771-5636
    Co-Chair: Amanda Bird, Williams Mullen, 804-420-6346
    Chair-elect:  Sylvia Kastens, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1138

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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

    Visit the Pro Bono Hotline Training page.

    Chair: Liz Olcott, Christian & Barton, LLP, 804-697-4100
    Chair-elect: Callie Guy, Christian & Barton, LLP, 804-697-4152

    Delegates
    Blue Ridge Region

    Chair: Andrew Toney, Flora Petit PC, 434 220-6339
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    Central Region

    Chair: Etahjayne Harris, McGuireWoods LLP,  804-775-1465
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    Northern Region

    Co-Chair: Yvette Butler
    Co-Chair: Kate Miceli, American Association for Justice
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    Southwest Region

    Chair: Benjamin Law, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 540-983-9310
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    Projects:  Pro Bono Hotline in Partnership with Blue Ridge Legal Services

    Tidewater Region

    Chair: Vacant
    Chair-elect: Vacant

    • Veterans Issues Task Force
      The Veterans Issues Task Force facilitates the provision of pro bono or “low bono” legal services for Virginia’s veterans, active duty service members, National Guardsmen, and Reservists, who have legal issues with a direct relationship to their service to the nation. The YLD works to recruit and retain attorney volunteers for the program.
    Leaders

    Chair: Helen Chong, National Veterans Legal Services Program, 703-791-6782
    Chair-elect: Vacant

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    Town Hall Meetings

    Leaders

    Chair: Vacant
    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: 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, Williams Mullen, 757-282-5052
    Chair-elect: Chase Sandridge, Virginia Wills, Trusts & Estates, 434-817-4001

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