To my fellow young lawyers, it is a privilege and honor to serve as your President for the upcoming bar year. I look forward to working with you to make the YLC even more engaged in the community and beneficial to your development and growth as a young lawyer.
For the next year, the YLC will focus on four main objectives while continuing to put on our award-winning and nationally recognized programs. The first objective is Bench-Bar relations, where we will strengthen our relations with the Bench on all levels within the Commonwealth. The next objective is pro bono, where we will follow the charge of VSB-Past-President Doris Causey in developing and maintaining programs that provide legal services to communities in need.
Currently, we participate in programs such as Wills for Heroes and the Hogar Immigration Clinic, and are also looking for new opportunities to assist those in our community who need it most. The next objective is mentorship, where we are currently developing a mentorship program for young lawyers with various sections and conferences in the VSB, as well as continuing our other mentorship programs, such as the Logsdon Mentorship Network, where we mentor future young lawyers.
Additionally, as the benefits of membership are important, we will increase access and availability to CLEs, webinars and other programming designed to enhance professional development; expand leadership opportunities within the YLC and the Bar; and increase publishing opportunities through the Docket Call and the Practice Tips Series as well as other social and networking programs to strengthen collegiality and professional relationships within our YLC ranks.
The programming and endeavors that the YLC manages and its successes are in large part due to our program chairs, district representatives, and volunteers. We are in constant need of volunteers, participants, and leaders to offer solid programs and services. Irrespective of free time you may have, there are ample opportunities for you to get involved. I would strongly encourage you to visit the YLC’s “Getting Involved” page to learn more.
Again, I thank you for the opportunity to lead you and the YLC and look forward to meeting many of you at YLC programs this bar year.
About the Author
Brian T. Wesley is the president of the Young Lawyers Conference. Brian received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2003. In 2008, Brian graduated from Howard University School of Law. He is now an associate with Reynolds | Wesley, P.C.