Mentorship for Virginia Attorneys

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Tuesday, August 27 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:20 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 1.0), PLUS receive 4 Virginia CLE
Online Bundle Credits to buy the webcasts or
online seminars of your choosing
Live-Interactive Credit: 4.0, Plus any live-interactive webcasts
purchased with Bundle Credits Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
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Why Attend?

  • Your registration for this live seminar includes 8 CLE credits: The 4-hour live CLE in Fairfax (including an hour of Ethics!), PLUS 4 free Virginia CLE Online Bundle credits good for one year to buy the live-interactive webcasts or online seminars of your choosing
  • This program is eligible for discounts! See if you qualify for any of the discounts Virginia CLE offers.
  • Learn how a mentorship can add value to you and your practice
  • Discover the mutual benefits of a mentorship for both mentors and mentees
  • Learn how to get involved as a mentor or mentee through the VSB

Cosponsored with the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and Senior Lawyers Conference

Join us for our first Mentorship for Virginia Lawyers program, designed to help lawyers achieve outstanding professionalism through mentorships. Those who have participated in legal mentoring report a stronger sense of personal connection with others in the legal community, restored enthusiasm for the legal profession, and more resilience—all of which benefit mentors and mentees.

The program will explore the concept of mentorship and the benefits—for both the mentor and mentee, both professionally and personally. You will learn what to expect and how to become a mentor or mentee. The program will start with a panel session of lawyers who will explain how to set realistic expectations for a mentorship, share strategies for being an effective mentor and mentee, and more. Then, an Ethics segment will discuss the ethical obligations unique to mentors and mentees. Our second panel of attorneys will offer candid perspectives on lawyer wellness and offer practical recommendations, including mentorship, for pursuing wellness in your career. Then explore how technology is one of the major drivers behind law's evolution, how to prepare for the future, and tools that make collaboration a simpler and more ethical process. The program will end with a lunch—a perfect opportunity to network and perhaps meet a new mentor or mentee!

 
Ways to Save

Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 8 video replays offered statewide in September.
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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE

8:00 Registration
8:20 Opening Remarks
F. Anderson “Andy” Morse
8:30 Expectations: How to Be a Mentor/Mentee Panel
Panel Leader: Missy York          
Panel: Carrollyn C. Cox, Giovanni B. Di Maggio, Jay B. Myerson

The 2017 Report on Lawyer Well-Being states that mentorship and sponsorship can aid well-being and career progression for women and diverse professionals, as well as reduce lawyer isolation.  Those who have participated in legal mentoring report a stronger sense of personal connection with others in the legal community, restored enthusiasm for the legal profession, and more resilience—all which benefit mentors and mentees.  The Senior Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar are in the process of creating a mentorship program.  This panel of “senior” lawyers and “young” lawyers will answer the following questions:
  • What is mentorship?
  • What does it mean to be a mentor or a mentee?
  • What should a mentor or mentee expect from a mentorship relationship?
  • What are the benefits of a mentorship relationship—for both the mentor and mentee, both professionally and personally?
  • Where do I look for, and how do I choose, a mentor or mentee?
  • What are strategies for being an effective mentor and mentee?
  • How can mentoring and mentorship help me find meaning, happiness, and balance in my career and life?
  • Why and how would I end a mentorship relationship?
9:30 Mentorship Ethics
Leslie Haley

This session will be a conversation about the intersection of mentoring and ethics—how to gain the insightful and helpful guidance from a colleague while still maintaining all of your ethical duties regarding client confidences (Rule 1.6), avoiding conflicts (Rule 1.7), and understanding supervisory roles (Rule 5.1). Lastly, when might those insights give rise to a lawyer’s duty to report another’s misconduct? 

Discussion highlights:

  • Interns
  • Shadowing
  • College and law students
  • Disclaimers
  • Malpractice concerns
10:30 Break
10:40 (Attempting to) Achieve Wellness Through Work-Life Balance
Panel Leader: Brian Thornton Wesley   
Panel: Melissa A. Alfano, J. Harrison Powell, II, Leonard C. Heath, Jr.

Lawyer wellness has emerged in recent years as one of the most pressing concerns facing the legal profession. While wellness issues impact the profession as a whole, studies suggest that they are more pronounced among lawyers in the first few years of their practice. This panel represents a cross-section of Virginia’s legal community and will offer different and candid perspectives on the wellness crisis. The panelists will draw on their experiences with the Virginia State Bar’s recent wellness initiatives, as well as their personal experiences in the practice of law—both in the private and public sectors. The panel will focus on: (1) the wellness issues facing the practice in general, and young lawyers in particular; (2) why lawyer wellness is important for the lawyer, his or her clients, and the profession; and (3) practical recommendations for pursuing wellness in your career.

11:40 Future of Law: Mentoring Our Way to the Promised Land
Chris Fortier

Law, like any other profession, is changing rapidly. Technology is one of the major drivers behind law’s evolution. However, one must be able to manage expectations when it comes to technology. Attendees will be introduced to the Future of Law Practice report and gain strategies on how to prepare themselves and their mentors for the future. Attendees will also get to know a few tools that make collaboration a simpler and more ethical process. The discussion will highlight:

  • The Future of Law Report
  • How to use technology to improve your practice
  • Limitations of technology
12:30 Lunch (provided at live program only)
1:30 Adjourn

Faculty

MODERATOR
Brian Thornton Wesley, Thornton Wesley, PLLC / Richmond

SPECIAL OPENING REMARKS
F. Anderson “Andy” Morse, The Society of the Cincinnati / Washington, DC, and President, Virginia Law Foundation

FACULTY
Melissa A. Alfano
, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission / Washington, DC
Carrollyn C.  Cox, Cox and Cox Attorneys / Virginia Beach
Giovanni B. Di Maggio, Attorney / Washington, DC
Christopher Fortier, Social Security Administration / Falls Church
Leslie A.T. Haley, Park Haley LLP / Richmond
Leonard C.  Heath, Jr., Heath, Overbey, Verser, & Old, PLC  / Newport News
Jay B. Myerson, The Myerson Law Group, PC / Reston
J.  Harrison Powell, II, Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, PLC / Newport News
Brian Thornton Wesley, Thornton Wesley, PLLC / Richmond
Melissa York, Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman / Glen Allen

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch included)
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are at an additional cost at the Live seminar only.)

$240* regular registration (without printed materials).
$270 regular registration plus printed materials.
$290 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


LIVE LOCATION AND DATE

Fairfax / Tuesday, August 27
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200


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Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar.  A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar.  Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.


Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $60 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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