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Young lawyers take top ABA honors

Young lawyer groups in two statewide bar organizations brought home trophies when the American Bar Association presented its Awards of Achievement at its annual meeting held in San Francisco last month.

The Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division received first place for its comprehensive programming, which includes such signature projects as the 2009 Virginia Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidates Debate, the Jammin’ for Justice fundraiser for Legal Aid, the Robert E. Shepard, Jr. Juvenile Law and Education Conference and the Legal Food Frenzy.

The YLD received second place for its service to the bar through the Diversity Job Fair held in Richmond in August 2009. The Job Fair provided an opportunity for Virginia employers to interview diverse law school candidates from around the country. The YLD received a special recognition for the pro bono legal services provided by The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Legal Aid Clinic.

The Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar won first place with its Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Prelaw Institute, and second place for its comprehensive programming. The YLC also received recognition for its Docket Call newsletter, its Bench-Bar dinner and its Legal Handbook for Cancer Survivors.
By Deborah Elkins

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