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

Liaisons

Project Details and Contact Information

ABA YLD Awards of Achievement

Assists with preparing the YLD's application for Awards of Achievement judged by the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. The VBA YLD has received numerous ABA accolades for outstanding performance by young lawyers' groups in a variety of categories.

Leaders

Chair: Seth J. Ragosta, Lenhart Pettit, 434-817-7979
Chair-elect: Kristen Jurjevich, Pender & Coward, P.C., 757-490-3000

Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Identifies and coordinates diverse CLE programming for the YLD.

Leaders

Chair: Jonathan Puvak, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 540-983-9399
Chair-elect: Emily Gomes, Hogan Lovells US LLP, 703-610-6127

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.

Leaders

Chair: John Alexander Chudoba, SunTrust Mortgage, 704-301-4644
Chair-elect: 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: Dawn N. Perez-Slavinski, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 202-205-8705
Chair-elect: Megan Dhillon, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., 757-869-8680

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Domestic Violence Project

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

Leaders

Chair: Naveed Kalantar, Pender & Coward, P.C., 757-490-6251
Chair-elect: Catharyn Oroszlan, BrownGreer PLC, 804-521-7293

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 Leaders

Chair: Nancy S. Lester, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., 804-663-2331
Chair-elect: Madelaine Kramer, Sands Anderson PC, 703-893-3600


Appalachian School of Law
Chair: Bryan L. Ragland, Ragland & Ragland, PLC, 804-495-1529
Chair-elect: Vacant

George Mason University Law School Council and Pro Bono Society
Chair: Laurie L. Kirkland, Blankingship & Keith, PC, 703-691-1235
Chair-elect: Nicole Grejda, Curran Moher Weis P.C., 571-328-5020

Liberty University
Chair: Jeremy White, Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., 804-767-1138
Chair-elect: J. Court Shipman, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 434-455-9948

Regent University
Chair: Kristen Jurjevich, Pender & Coward, P.C., 757-490-3000
Chair-elect: Kevin Hoffman, Singer Legal Group, 757-301-9995

University of Richmond
Chair: Madelaine A. Kramer, 703-852-7878
Chair-elect: Robert Vaughan III, Crowgey & Associates, PLLC, 804-788-1700

University of Virginia
Chair: Seth J. Ragosta, Lenhart Pettit, 434-817-7979
Chair-elect: Caroline W. Stanton, Williams Mullen, 434-951-5708

Washington and Lee
Chair: Patrick Bolling, Edmunds & Williams, P.C., 434-455-9129
Chair-elect: Doug E. Pittman, Harman Claytor Corrigan Wellman, 804-622-1132

William & Mary
Chair: William L. Holt, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., 757-259-3885
Chair-elect: Erin E. Deal, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C., 757-259-3801

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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: Julia M. Bishop, Traverse Legal, PLC
Chair-elect: Jennifer F. Sullivan, ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.

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: William D. Prince IV, ThompsonMcMullan, P.C., 804-698-6254
Chair-elect: Stacey C. Forbes, Reed Smith LLP, 703-641-4221

Membership

Works to attract and retain members, recognizing the importance of outreach and involvement by new members in YLD activities in retention.

Statewide Coordinator

Chair/Statewide Coordinator: Kara Lee, Maddox & Gerock, P.C., 703-883-8035
Chair-elect/Deputy Statewide Coordinator: Jordan Hays, Timberlake, Smith, Thomas & Moses, P.C., 540-885-1517

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Mentor Program

Coordinates and recruits volunteers to help elementary school students advance academic achievement or learn about the judicial system and legal career opportunities.

Leaders

Chair: William J. Van Thunen, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8646
Chair-elect: Ryan Hanson

Model Judiciary 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 Fanney 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 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

Recruits lawyers to serve as volunteers in staffing events where telephone advice is given to callers to legal aid groups, which provides review as to financial eligibility for assistance.

Statewide Coordinator

Chair: Joseph Figuero, McCandlish & Lillard, P.C., 703-934-1167
Chair-elect: Vacant

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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Project

Recruits and trains attorney volunteers to handle, pro bono, cases of undocumented immigrant children seeking lawful status ("green card").

Leaders

Chair: Daniel R. Sullivan, Gentry Locke Attorneys, 540-983-9362
Chair-elect: Elizabeth Reese, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8200

The Virginia Lawyer

Updates a two-volume guide for practitioners. The Virginia Lawyer: A Deskbook for Practitioners is the successor to a basic practice handbook first published in 1966 by the Young Lawyers Division. Today the publication is a cooperative effort of the YLD and Virginia CLE.

Leaders

Chair: Timothy McHugh, Hunton & Williams LLP, 804-788-8239
Chair-elect: Vacant

Town Hall Meetings

Presents topical issues in a public forum to foster public debate and citizen education on legal and political issues.

Statewide Coordinator

Chair: Andrew Garrahan, Covington & Burling LLP, 202-662-5841
Chair-elect: Ashley K. Allen, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1918

Veterans Issues Task Force

Recruits and retains attorneys who volunteer to provide pro bono or “low bono” legal services to Virginia’s military active duty service people and veterans. Volunteer online via the Veterans Issues Task Force page.

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

Volunteers and especially translators are encouraged to take part in this intake clinic on the first Monday of each month.The most common types of cases handled through the clinic are unpaid wages, landlord-tenant disputes and other general contract disputes.

Leaders

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

Wills for Heroes

Works with local bar associations and young lawyer groups to implement a program that provides free basic legal estate planning services to Virginia first responders and their spouses. Jointly sponsored by the YLD and the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference.

Leaders

Chair: Lauren Ramos, McGuireWoods LLP, 804-775-1168
Chair-elect: Tyler J. Rosa, Pender & Coward, PC , 757-502-7343

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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

Supports the foundation, created by the VBA and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, by promoting awareness of Chief Justice Marshall and respect for the Constitution he cherished through educational programs and an annual teacher's award. The foundation also provides financial assistance to the John Marshall House in Richmond.

Liaison

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

Lawyers Helping Lawyers Program Liaison

Assist with Lawyers Helping Lawyers educational programs and coordinate treatment resources, information and monitoring of members of the legal profession who suffer from substance abuse.

Liaison

Vacant

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