The Practice Tips Series

The Practice Tips Series is an online resource of articles for new lawyers and covers both substantive and practical aspects of legal practice.

The Practice Tips are specifically designed for the new lawyer or a more experienced lawyer delving into a new area of law. The Practice Tips articles help introduce an overview of a particular area of law in an easy-to-read format. These articles are not meant to be scholarly publications or law review articles. These articles may figuratively constitute the intersection of Cliff Notes and Reader’s Digest with a professional tone.

Submitting an Article for Consideration

Each article should be concise and limited to approximately 500 to 700 words. The VSB YLC prefers articles with short sentences and paragraphs, the use of active voice, bullet points, catchy quotes, and creative examples. In general, the Practice Tips Series follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition; the Bluebook, 20th edition; and the Oxford English Dictionary.

Contact James “Rob” Elliott ( if you have questions or are interested in submitting an article for consideration.


Litigation Tips – Quick Tips for Litigators

o   The Corroborative Approach to Investigation

o   New Client Orientation: Building Trust with Your Automobile-Accident Client

o   The “Do’s and Don’t’s” of Virtual Hearings

Practical Tips – Quick Practice Hacks for Everyone

o   How to Deal with an Emotional Client

o   How to Develop Your Brand and Career in a Difficult Job Market

o   Building Business as a Young Attorney

o   How to Mentor a New Lawyer

o   Call for Young Lawyers to Join their Practice Area Sections: What are the Benefits?

Tried and True: The Tickler File

Writing Tips – Quick Tips to Punch Up Your Prose

o   Legal Writing for an In-House Audience: Three Rules