Welcome to the Young Lawyers Conference

We’re proud to be one of four conferences of the Virginia State Bar (Virginia’s mandatory bar for attorneys) dedicated to “young” lawyers. Our more than 7,500 members are Virginia attorneys under 36 years of age or who have been admitted as active, practicing lawyers of their first bar for fewer than three years. We provide leadership opportunities, continuing education, and opportunities to serve the community and the profession.

Active and associate Virginia State Bar lawyers in good standing, age 36 and under, and those admitted to their initial bar for fewer than three years, are automatically members of the Young Lawyers Conference. No additional dues are charged for membership in the YLC. The YLC serves as a voice of Virginia's young lawyers in front of the Virginia State Bar and the American Bar Association. Through our projects, young lawyers participate in governing the Virginia State Bar, serve the profession and the public, and enhance the public awareness of the legal profession.

Conference Liaison

Mallory Ralston
[email protected]
(804) 775-0514

Upcoming Events

DateTitleLocation
Feb 14   |VSB-Sponsored Free and Low-cost CLE Webinars - ongoingVarious, VAWEB12345
Apr 26   |Young Lawyers Conference Board MeetingFredericksburg, VAYLC042624
Apr 27   |YLC Fore Everyone Golf ClassicRichmond, VAYLC042724
May 29   |2024 VSB Annual MeetingVirginia Beach, VAVSBAM24
Jun 05   |Admission & Orientation CeremonyRichmond, VAYLC060524
Jun 07   |YLC Professional Development ConferenceLive Webinar, YLC060724

What's New?

Alicia Penn Receives 2023 Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Posted on 6/13/2023
Alicia M. Penn has been awarded the 2023 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference (YLC).

Welcome to the New VSB Website and Member Portal

Posted on 4/3/2023
The Virginia State Bar has just launched a new website and member portal to improve services and access to information for Virginia lawyers and the public. Sign in instructions for the new site included.

Young Lawyers Conference wins four 2021-2022 ABA Awards of Achievement

Posted on 7/20/2022
Competing against bars across the country, the VSB’s Young Lawyers Conference won four Awards of Achievement from the American Bar Association for the 2021-2022 bar year.

Courtney M. Frazier Receives Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Posted on 5/3/2022
Courtney M. Frazier has been awarded the 2022 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference.

Young Lawyers Conference Wins Prestigious National Award

Posted on 8/9/2021
The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (YLC) received the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s prestigious 2021 Award of Achievement for best comprehensive programs.

Latest from Docket Call

Meet the Members Featuring YLC President-elect Ben Shute

Posted on 1/18/2024
In the second installment of the Meet the Members video series, YLC President-Elect, Ben Shute, shares a little bit about his career path and his involvement with the YLC.

YLC Launches Meet the Members Video Series

Posted on 12/18/2023
The Young Lawyers Conference is producing a series of short interviews with YLC members, starting with the YLC board. The first of many interviews features YLC President, Craig Ellis, who shares a little bit about his career path.

Alicia Penn Receives 2023 Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Posted on 6/13/2023
Alicia M. Penn has been awarded the 2023 R. Edwin Burnette Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year Award by the Virginia State Bar’s Young Lawyers Conference (YLC).