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

The Young Lawyers Section is accepting nominations for the Young Lawyer of the Year Award, presented annually to a Richmond Bar Association member who has excelled in the practice of law to date and who has shown the potential to become a leader in the law.

Members are encouraged to submit nominations for this year’s award recipient.  Each nomination should be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation describing how the nominee meets the award criteria.  Nominations are due by December 2, 2016 and should be emailed to Amanda DeBerry, YLS Secretary at

Criteria for award recipients:

 Established in 2011, the Young Lawyer of the Year Award is presented by the Bar Association of the City of Richmond to a member of its Young Lawyers Section.  The Award is given to a young lawyer 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:

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

Recent recipients:

Lisa J. Hedrick (2016), Joley L. Steffens (2015), John A. Merrick (2014), Melanie A. Friend (2013), Kimberly A. Skiba (2012)



Each year, the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Richmond Bar Association sponsors a dodgeball team to play in the River City Sports & Social Club League.  Thousands of people play in the league, which provides a great opportunity to meet and socialize not only with other attorneys, but many other area professionals and potential clients.  Traditionally, games are played Thursdays after 7 at SCOR (by the Diamond), but games may be scheduled either Tuesday or Thursday nights between 6.00 and 9.00 p.m. I am going to request Thursday night games.  Games last seven weeks and start the week of January 2nd.    For current members of the Richmond Bar Association, the cost is $20 per person.  Spouses or significant others are welcome to play, space permitting, and the cost for him/her is $60.  Please email Kyle Elliott at if you are interested.  Emails must be received no later than 5pm on December 30, 2016.  Space is limited, so please confirm your schedule is flexible enough to attend all or most games.


The Young Lawyers Section of the Richmond Bar had a great turnout at their Fall Social & Happy Hour on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Buskey Cider.



The Section appreciates the generosity of the sponsor of the event: Pro Digital










YLS Call 12-2014





On November 19, 2014, members of the Richmond Bar’s Young Lawyers Section participated in a “no bills night” on Call 12, a public service offered by television station NBC12.  Volunteers talked to and referred callers with legal questions.  Pictured are Jonathan Moore, Amanda DeBerry and Chris Bernhardt.

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 Kyle Elliott,