The ABA Young Lawyers Division again recognized the projects of the VBA Young Lawyers Division in its Awards of Achievement as among the best in the nation in 2012-2013. Opening Statement earned a second place in the Newsletter category and the Backpack to Briefcase program took second place in the Service to the Bar category. The Capitol Region Town Hall Committee received special recognition in the Service to the Public category. Overall, the VBA YLD projects ranked second in a Comprehensive overview among state bars of our size.
In 2011-2012, the VBA YLD earned a second place in the Comprehensive category in consideration of eight projects, and a certificate of performance in the Service to the Public category for statewide bars of our size. The Service to the Public award recognized the Ask A Lawyer program.
In the 2010-2011 contest, the VBA YLD earned three Awards of Achievement from the American Bar Association YLD: first in Comprehensive, and seconds in the Service to the Bar and in the Minority categories.
YLD Activities and Projects
For more information or to get involved with the VBA/YLD committees and projects, please click on the links below to read the descriptions and view contact information. To view a summary of all YLD committees and projects click here.
In addition to the above projects, the YLD produced the following:
Adult Protective Services Video Project (FACT) The VBA/YLD, in partnership with The Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia (FACT), has produced a 25-minute video, "Protecting Adults at Risk: A Mandated Reporter's Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation." This informational piece is targeted toward required reporters of abuse of at-risk adults, defined as the elderly and adults with mental disabilities. In addition to a series of dramatizations highlighting the warning signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation, the video also explains to mandated reporters how to fulfill their legal duties by submitting reports to the Virginia Department of Social Services, the state agency charged with policing this problem. The video further features commentary from former Gov. Mark Warner as well as a number of experts in this field. Entities represented on the steering committee for the video included the Virginia Department of Social Services, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Crater Area Agency on Aging and Virginia Guardianship Association. The video was introduced at FACT's annual Collaboration Conference, which came on the heels of Adult Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month (May 2005). It has been recognized by the American Bar Association as a leading public service project. For additional information, please contact the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia.
Protecting Children Video Project Our video project “Protecting Children: A Mandated Reporter’s Guide to Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” came out in 2002. After determining that there was a real need for this type of information, we produced this video to be geared toward those members of certain professions who are required to report child abuse under Virginia law such as medical personnel, social workers, child care providers, teachers, and law enforcement personnel. It provides guidance on recognizing the various forms of child abuse or neglect and reporting such abuse or neglect. The video features former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, representatives from Child Protective Services and other experts in the field and was done in collaboration with the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia, which additionally provided a grant. Also, representatives from Child Protective Services, the Attorney General’s Office, and the City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office contributed valuable time and effort in contributing to the content of the videotape. We believe this tape will be helpful to a number of groups and individuals including nonprofit child abuse organizations, associations representing required reporters and select state agencies. We are striving to get this video into the hands of anyone and everyone in the state who could benefit by it, so if you have any ideas for its distribution, please contact the chair of this project. For additional information, please contact the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia.