Mentorship for Virginia Attorneys

MCLE Credits: 4.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Video on Site: Thursday, September 26 / Abingdon, Alexandria, Richmond, Roanoke
  Friday, September 27 / Warrenton
Registration: 8:00 a.m. (Richmond location: 8:30 a.m.)
Program: 8:20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Richmond location: 9:00 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.)
MCLE Credit: 4.0 (Ethics: 1.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: August 27 in Fairfax


Why Attend?

  • 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
  • An hour of Ethics!

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. 

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* Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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 Adjourn


Brian Thornton Wesley, Thornton Wesley, PLLC / Richmond

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

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

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included).
(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are not available for the video replays.)

$209 regular registration.
$229 on-site registration (if space is available).



Abingdon: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College (I-81 exit 14), 1 Partnership Circle  (276) 619-4300 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Charlottesville: CANCELED
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Validated parking is available in the Gainsboro Garage only, which is on Center Avenue and adjacent to the RHEC.  Please bring the parking ticket that you receive at the gate to the Virginia CLE staff member for validation.) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Warrenton: Holiday Inn Express Warrenton, 410 Holiday Court (540) 341-3461 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar. 

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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