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Young Lawyers Conference scores win in Chicago

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference took a top award at this year’s Awards of Achievement program recognizing the work of young lawyer groups from across the country.

The YLC won the State Division, Class A first place award in the “Comprehensive” category at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division event in Chicago, according to the VSB. The Virginia unit outscored other large state bars including Texas, Florida, California, New York, Michigan, Illinois, and Georgia.

In the Comprehensive Category, young lawyer groups compete based on their projects during the previous bar year. Competitors are judged by originality of the programs, impact of the programs, involvement of the greater bar, budget size and balance of programs for new and experienced lawyers, among other criteria. The judges consisted of young lawyer leaders from around the country.

2018 marked the YLC’s first win in the Comprehensive category in more than a decade.

The win “epitomizes the hard work and commitment of our board, our program chairs, district representatives and many volunteers,” said YLC President Brian Wesley.

The YLC was founded in 1973. The approximately 9,000 members include all Virginia attorneys under 36 years of age or who have been admitted as active, practicing members of their first bar for fewer than three years.