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As the official newsletter of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference, the Docket Call provides news about our activities, highlights member achievements, and offers insights and other information that will assist new and young lawyers in the practice of law.

Check out the most recent articles below:

Complying with the Automatic Stay

Posted on 4/9/2024
Immediately after filing a bankruptcy petition, debtors are provided one of the most robust and vital protections under the Bankruptcy Code: the automatic stay.

Streamline and Focus

Posted on 4/9/2024
We all have our own unique challenges in our writing craft, but some writing challenges are such a besetting problem in the legal writing process that they merit some focused attention. This article focuses on two.

Meet the Members Featuring YLC Secretary Simone Williams

Posted on 2/23/2024
In the third installment of the Meet the Members video series, YLC Secretary, Simone Williams, shares a little bit about her career path from litigation to in-house and how volunteering with the YLC has benefited her.

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).

You Can Have a Work Life Balance and Still be Hardworking

Posted on 6/9/2023
One of the hardest lessons I have learned as a young lawyer is the importance of having a work life balance. Let’s face it, attorneys are competitive by nature.

Maximizing Productivity and Efficiency: The Pomodoro Method

Posted on 5/18/2023
For lawyers embarking on their legal careers, time management and productivity techniques like the Pomodoro Method can be transformative.

Psychic Voodoo and Similar Civil Litigation Defense Topics

Posted on 3/2/2023
Here are some things to look for: Standing, Service, Misjoinder/Misnomer, Nonjoinder, Non Suis Juris, Statute of Limitations / Timing, Res Judicata, Counterclaims, Crossclaims, Interventions, Invitations, etc.

Trauma-informed Representation – Practicing with Empathy

Posted on 3/2/2023
Here are some things to look for: Standing, Service, Misjoinder/Misnomer, Nonjoinder, Non Suis Juris, Statute of Limitations / Timing, Res Judicata, Counterclaims, Crossclaims, Interventions, Invitations, etc.

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