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VBA-YLD Year in Review 2018-stockment

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This PowerPoint slideshow features highlights from 2018 of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of The Virginia Bar Association (VBA). The YLD in 2018 was honored by the American Bar Endowment with its only Outstanding Public Service Award and with four American Bar Association Awards of Achievement. By Chair Andrew B. Stockment.

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VBA-YLD Year in Review 2018-stockment

  1. 1. 1 The YLD Year in Review Andrew B. Stockment 2018 YLD Chair January 24, 2019
  2. 2. 2 Who we are • VBA members who are either: • Under the age of 37 or • Licensed to practice for under three years • Focused on service to the bar and service to the public
  3. 3. 3 Our Areas of Focus for 2018 • Efficiency and Best Practices • Focusing on making each leadership transition within the YLD easier so new lawyers can hit the ground running when stepping into new roles • Improvements in collection and sharing of information • Beginning the process of developing best practices and committee chair handbooks for each of our committees, projects, and events • Continued Leadership by YLD Graduates • Facilitating continued leadership of YLD members who “graduate” from (age out of) the YLD • Budget • Examining and expanding our sources of income and reducing expenses. • Increasing value proposition of our meetings through additional CLE offerings
  4. 4. 4 Record Keeping • Created a new YLD Post-Event Report Form on the VBA website • Collecting event details and outcomes, such as: • How the event was advertised • Anticipated and actual attendance • Number of non-YLD members who attended (and contact info) • Anticipated and actual costs • Names and details for event sponsors • General feedback—what worked well, what didn’t, recommendations for the future
  5. 5. 5 Best Practices and Project Chair Handbooks • We will be using the additional information we collect to: • Develop best practices and guidelines for YLD events, such as; • Expense guidelines • Advertising and sponsorship recommendations and strategies • Committee Chair Handbooks • We have asked each of our project chairs, who serve 2-year terms, to begin creating Committee Chair Handbooks to make it easier for future project chairs to take over and build upon the success of our projects and committees
  6. 6. 6 Continued Leadership by YLD Graduates • When YLD members “graduate” from (age out of) the YLD, we want to facilitate their continued active involvement and leadership within the VBA • Instituted a YLD “graduation” questionnaire to identify the experience and areas of interest of graduating YLD members • YLD Chair will then make recommendations to the VBA President and the Executive Committee to identify opportunities for leadership appointments • Board of Governors approved recommended bylaw amendment for VBA Sections to allow the Sections to appoint a recent YLD graduate to the Section Council based upon the recommendation of the YLD Chair • Expanded the number of (non-voting) YLD Representatives to the VBA sections and committees from one to two
  7. 7. 7 Budget • Examining and expanding our sources of income, reducing expenses, and increasing value • Income • Thanks to our Sponsorship Committee, we increased our income by $6,751 over last year • In 2019, the Sponsorship Committee will also be expanding its work to including identifying and applying for grants as an additional source of income for the YLD’s projects • Reducing Expenses • We focused on reducing our expenses, • Cut the costs of our National Moot Court program by $6,934 • Increasing Value • Increasing value proposition of our meetings through additional CLE offerings. • New record of 7 hours of CLE programming at our meetings in 2018.
  8. 8. 8 Collaboration and New Legislative Committee Collaboration with VSB Young Lawyers Conference • We invited the senior leadership of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference to meet with our YLD Executive Board at our Fall Meeting and began the process of exploring opportunities to collaborate on various projects, including lawyer wellness. New Legislative Committee • We have created a new YLD Legislative Committee led by Craig Hoovler, Chair and Ann Kossachev, Chair-Elect. • Identify opportunities for young lawyers to participate in advancing the VBA’s legislative agenda • Solicit proposed bills from YLD members, present proposed bills to the YLD Executive Board for approval, and work with the YLD Chair to present the proposed bills annually to the Board of Governors during VBA Legislative Day
  9. 9. 9 Spring Meeting The Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC - April 27-28, 2018
  10. 10. 10 YLD Spring Meeting Recap • Great weather and excellent attendance • Nearly 60 young lawyers, spouses, and guests, plus 13 children • Several first-time attendees and young lawyers who were not yet VBA members (but who have since joined!). • We set a Spring Meeting record with three CLE programs: • “A Close Look at Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities in 2018” by Sarah E. Turberville (Director of Justice Programs at The Constitution Project) • “Ethics Update 2018: Focus on Ethical Representation” by Scott Prince (VSB Assistant Bar Counsel) • “What Family Lawyers Want Other Lawyers to Know” by Seth Ragosta (Lenhart Pettit), former YLD Executive Board member • Sun, sand, and s’mores around the fire pit.
  11. 11. 11 Fall Meeting The VBA on Main, Richmond, VA – October 19-20, 2018
  12. 12. 12 YLD Fall Meeting Recap • YLD Executive Board met with VSB YLC Executive Committee to explore opportunities for collaboration • Great CLE programs: • “How to Start Your Own Law Firm” by Nupur Bal (Defazio Bal PC) and Steven Gould (Byrnes Gould)—both of whom started their own law firm while serving as YLD Chair • “Upcoming Legal Challenges in Data Privacy & Cybersecurity” by Jay Sinha (Verizon Enterprise Solutions) • Richmond canal tour and bar hop
  13. 13. 13 ABA YLD Awards of Achievement • Each year, the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division holds an annual Awards of Achievement Program, which allows state and local young lawyer organizations across the country to submit their best projects for evaluation and recognition. • The Awards of Achievement Program is designed to encourage project development and provide national recognition of the time, effort, and skills expended by young lawyer organizations in implementing public service and bar service projects in their communities.
  14. 14. 14 VBA YLD Receives National Accolades • This past year, the VBA Young Lawyer’s Division made a remarkable showing at the 2018 American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. • We won awards in ALL four categories in which we submitted an application: • Diversity (Diversity in the Legal Profession Symposium at the University of Richmond School of Law), • Service to the Public (2017 Lt. Gov. Debate), • Newsletter (Opening Statement), and • Comprehensive—marking the 11th consecutive year that the VBA YLD received an award in the comprehensive category. • We were also the only bar association in the entire country to receive this year’s Outstanding Public Service Award from the American Bar Endowment.
  15. 15. 15 YLD Goals for 2019 and Beyond INCREASING REVENUE AND REDUCING EXPENSES INCREASING MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBER ENGAGEMENT FURTHER DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP WITH VSB YOUNG LAWYERS CONFERENCE AND EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION WORK WITH BOARD OF GOVERNORS ON THE VBA’S NEXT STRATEGIC PLAN CONTINUE FOCUS ON ENGAGING WITH LAW STUDENTS LAWYER WELLNESS
  16. 16. 16 2019 YLD Leadership • Jennifer L. Ligon (Willams Mullen) - Chair • Madelaine A. Kramer (Sands Anderson PC) - Chair-Elect • Franklin R. Cragle, III (Hirschler Fleischer) - Secretary/Treasurer • Andrew B. Stockment (Lenhart Pettit) - Immediate Past Chair • New Executive Board members (in no particular order): • R. Patrick Bolling (Woods Rogers) • Craig A. Hoovler (Miles & Stockbridge PC) • Emily Gomes (Hogan Lovells US LLP) • Graham K. Bryant (Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Virginia)
  17. 17. 17 2019 YLD Leadership • Returning Executive Board members (in no particular order): • Joseph A. Figueroa (Watt Tieder) • Kristen R. Jurjevich (Pender & Coward, P.C.) • William D. Prince, IV (ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.) • Michael W. Stark (McGuireWoods LLP) • Daniel R. Sullivan (Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore)
  18. 18. 18 Questions? Andrew B. Stockment Lenhart Pettit 530 East Main Street Charlottesville, VA 22902 ABS@LPLAW.COM

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