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In 2010, members of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division began a partnership with the United Way of the Midlands and The Cooperative Ministry, to provide free income tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) is blazing new paths in legal technology by developing a free smartphone application that provides Maryland attorneys with easy, on-the-go access to the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Professional Conduct, and Attorney Trust Accounts; the Court of Appeals’ Ideals of Professionalism; and the MSBA Code of Civility.
The job of the Affiliate Assistance Team (AAT) is to assist affiliate leaders develop and implement bar service and public service projects and to promote ABA YLD projects and services to the more than 300 young lawyer organizations affiliated with the ABA YLD. This year’s AAT Director is Erica Grinde. The Vice-Directors are Melissa Doeblin and Anna Romanskaya.
During the last several months, affiliates have not only provided pro bono services but have also worked closely with their communities. Below are examples of what some affiliates from across the nation are doing.
On August 3, 2012, the Judge Advocates General and the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps presented the 2012 Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Awards (OYMLA) at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.
The 2012 ABA YLD Fall Conference in Charleston was the culmination of months of thoughtful planning and offered excellent workshops, new friendships, and opportunities for attendees to enjoy all that Charleston has to offer
The Law Day theme for 2013 is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” selected in honor of the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Next year’s theme promises a chance to study our country’s civil and human rights movements and their impact on equality under the law and to open up a new dialogue concerning what remains to be done.
In hard economic times, serving the members of an organization becomes even more of a challenge and knowing the members’ issues and needs becomes crucial for the success of the organization. One way to measure member needs and satisfaction is to administer a survey to glean important information about trends in the community.
This year the ABA YLD is increasing its focus on providing value to current ABA YLD members, helping ABA YLD members find their home in the larger ABA, and recruiting new members by letting them know what the ABA has to offer. Chris Rogers, the ABA YLD Chair, hopes to accomplish these goals through “Section Connect.”
When disaster hit the Florida coast this past June it brought with it relentless rainfall and terrorizing winds, leaving in its wake a soggy trail of damaged homes, beaches, and roads. The ABA YLD and the Florida Young Lawyers Division, working in tandem, were able to spring into action within 24 hours of the first request for help to establish an emergency hotline and mobilize volunteers.