Backpack to Briefcase: The New Lawyer 2017

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 0.0), PLUS registrants will receive a coupon for a $25 live-on-site seminar,
providing additional MCLE credit, including ethics.

Live-Interactive Credit: The online seminar does not qualify for live-interactive credit.
The live seminar add-on provides the option for up to 7.0 hours of live-interactive credit.
Price: $95


This program has been discontinued in favor of our new First Year Coupons. Those who have purchased the program can still access the online seminar portion through My Account. Your BACKPACK coupon will now be good for 90% off one Live on Site or Video on Site seminar (not just the Annual Programs). In most cases, you will pay less than $25. If the discount does not bring you down to that number, please e-mail us BEFORE you purchase the program and we will create a special coupon for you. This coupon will expire 3/31/18.



Forming and Maintaining an Effective Attorney-Client Team (3.0 hours)
Frank W. Morrison, Lisa L. Schenkel, Dillina Wimer Stickley, P. Marshall Yoder

The initial client interview is crucial in the development of good attorney-client working relationships. Through demonstration, new lawyers learn how to conduct effective initial client interviews; communication skills and techniques necessary to have effective attorney-client relationships throughout the representation; the ability to assess the client’s communication strengths and weaknesses; and how to set up a communication process that is tailored to each individual client, which will lead to more effective communications.

Writing Well (1.0 hour)
Thomas E. Spahn

This presentation provides practical guidance to lawyers trying to improve their legal writing. Mr. Spahn covers words (including words to use and to avoid, as well as specific rules for verbs and nouns); sentences (using tricks to improve sentence structure); and paragraphs (emphasizing opening sentences).

Technology for New Lawyers (1.0 hour)
Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek

This presentation discusses what new lawyers need to know regarding using technology in their legal practice.  It also discusses social media and its relevancy in litigation, and some of the contemporary challenges and possible pitfalls associated with the use of technology and social media.

Tips from the Bench (1.0 hour)
Justice Jane Roush, Judge Thomas Horne, Judge Robert Pustilnik, Moderator: Paul Terpak

A panel of judges offer their most practical advice about the “do’s and don’ts” in the courtroom. The judges share candid thoughts and provide those “unwritten rules” that every young lawyer should follow in order to present his or her case in the best possible light.

Networking and Client Development (1.0 hour, no MCLE credit)
Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani, Hugh M. Fain III

This block discusses the critical relationships between attorneys and clients. The speakers discuss how to expand a practice, how to generate new clients, and how to keep the clients that you have. They offer several key elements, such as: developing an expertise; developing sound networking strategies; investing in bar activities; giving practical advice; and taking the time to truly understand your client’s needs.


Hon. Jane M. Roush, Virginia Supreme Court / Richmond
Hon. Thomas Horne, Loudoun Circuit Court / Leesburg
Hon. Robert A. Pustilnik, Richmond General District Court / Richmond
Hugh M. Fain III, Spotts Fain / Richmond
Frank West Morrison, Phillips, Morrison, Johnson & Ferrell / Lynchburg
Sharon D. Nelson, President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Lisa L. Schenkel, Schenkel & Donaldson, P.C. / Lynchburg
John W. Simek, Vice-President, Sensei Enterprises, Inc. / Fairfax
Thomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods / McLean
Dillina Wimer Stickley, Hoover Penrod, PLC / Harrisonburg
Paul Terpak, Blankingship & Keith / Fairfax
Lucia Anna (Pia) Trigiani, Mercer Trigiani / Alexandria
P. Marshall Yoder, Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC / Harrisonburg

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