Young Lawyers Section

The Young Lawyers Section of the Richmond Bar provides an opportunity for networking and professional development for young and newly admitted attorneys. The section is open to members who are under 38 years of age or who have been a member of the Virginia State Bar for four years or less regardless of their age.

Young Lawyer of the Year Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Bar’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award.  Established in 2011, the Award is presented annually to a member of its Young Lawyers Section who has excelled in the practice of law to date and who has shown the potential to become a leader in the legal profession in one or more of the following ways:

(1) By exceeding the expectations of clients and employers;
(2) By providing service to the community outside the practice of law;
(3) By changing and improving perceptions of the legal profession in the Greater Richmond community; and
(4) By taking a non-traditional path to success in the practice of law.

Recent recipients are:  John A. Merrick (2014), Melanie A. Friend (2013) and Kimberly A. Skiba-Rokosky (2012).
Nominations should be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on December 12th to Vern Inge, Chair of the Committee on Awards & Honors, at or fax: 783-2294.

Young Lawyers Participate in Call 12

YLS Call 12-2014

Jonathan Moore, Amanda DeBerry and Chris Bernhardt from the Young Lawyers Section responded to questions called in to “Call 12″ during the evening news program on NBC12.

View video from a segment on the Young Lawyers Section shown during their Call 12 night in 2012.


Young Lawyers Athletics

Each year the Young Lawyers Section sponsors Dodgeball and Kickball teams which competes in the River City Sports and Social Club league. It’s a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other attorneys and professionals in Richmond.  If you are interested in receiving more information about either team, please contact Jeremy Williams at