On the Road with Justin Goldstein
Justin Goldstein is Chair of the ABA YLD and practices with National City Bank in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The only way we can help be part of the solution is to work together in a concerted effort.
Welcome to the 2007–2008 ABA YLD bar year. I am honored to serve as Chair of the Division this year and look forward to working with you over the next twelve months. Our goal is to continue the YLD’s efforts to become THE expert on young lawyers. To accomplish this goal, I need your help. We will be holding a number of summits throughout the year. These programs are designed to be forums of discussion and idea exchange to determine the top five priorities to young lawyers in various subject areas. We will hold our first summit, the Young Bar Leader Summit, at our Fall Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday, October 6, 2007. It should be of great interest to you as a leader in your young lawyer organization, and, therefore, it is imperative that your organization is represented and participates in this summit as we explore the current state of young lawyers associations and prioritize our goals for the future. We will examine issues such as
• what issues are important to your young lawyers group?
• what are other young lawyers groups dealing with across the country? and
• ‑how can we work together to strengthen all of our young lawyers groups?
Our public service project for the 2007–2008 bar year is the “Wills for Heroes” program that provides free simple wills, powers of attorney, and living wills to firefighters, police, and other first responders who risk their lives daily to protect and serve us. I am excited to report that the on-site public service project held at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, produced thirty-nine wills for these first responders and was covered by the Associated Press, resulting in numerous articles nationwide about the event. The program also sparked interest from other California affiliates and first responders. We will be holding another on-site event at the Fall Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, to assist more of our heroes and to show you the program in action. If you are interested in the program, please contact our Public Service Project Coordinator Dan McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, in addition to making the ABA YLD more responsive to our members and providing opportunities for your increased participation, I want to bring the ABA YLD to you. I would like to attend as many affiliate meetings as I can to personally interact with your members, talk about your important local issues and programs, and give you a face to the ABA. I have already received gracious invitations to meetings with the Florida, Georgia, and Washington State bar associations, and if you would be so kind as to invite me to an upcoming meeting, I will do my best to join you. For this, or any other questions, comments, complaints, or even if you just want to introduce yourself or say hello, please feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
As we begin this new bar year, I reiterate my goal to make the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division responsive to your needs. If you are not an ABA member, I urge you to join. The only way we can help be part of the solution is to work together in a concerted effort. If you are a member, thank you for your commitment to our profession and your future. Your involvement in the ABA will serve you professionally and personally in ways that will never cease to amaze you.