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Virginia Young Lawyers garner awards

ylc-winThe Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference won two first place awards for service projects at an American Bar Association program this month.

The Virginia YLC was honored at the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division’s 2017 Awards of Achievement program in New York City.

The YLC received first place honors for Public Service Project for its partnership with Hogar Immigrant Services’ Naturalization Clinics and first place for Diversity with the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute.

The project for naturalization clinics serves northern Virginia, according to a VSB news release. The YLC Immigrant Outreach Committee paired up with Hogar Immigrant Services to facilitate volunteers at monthly naturalization workshops to aid local northern Virginia immigrants with their naturalization applications. After receiving detailed training, volunteer attorneys meet with applicants one-on-one to review their cases and assist in completing naturalization applications.

The other YLC project stimulates interest in the law as a profession. In 2001, at the request of the Millennium Diversity Initiative, the YLC implemented the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute.  Named for legendary civil rights attorneys Oliver Hill and Samuel Tucker, the institute provides future lawyers with exposure and opportunity to explore the legal profession at no cost to participants.  For one week, students attend mock classes and seminars on career opportunities in the law, test taking strategies, and the college admissions process.  Recently, the VSB Diversity Conference has been a major partner in operating the program.

“These awards affirm the excellent work that Virginia’s young lawyers provide serving the community and providing pathways to legal careers for those who do not have access to lawyers or information on legal careers,” YLC President Chris Fortier said. “I am proud of our volunteers and know they do great things for Virginia’s citizens. I am glad others agree!”

The YLC competes in Class A, placing it against large state young lawyer organizations from Texas, Florida, California, New York, Michigan, Illinois and Georgia.

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (YLC) was founded in 1973. The YLC’s more than 10,000 members include all Virginia attorneys who are under 36 years of age or who have been admitted as active, practicing members of their first bar for fewer than three years.