On May 22, 2012, the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Board of Governors (BOG) voted 9–4 to eliminate the Washington Young Lawyers Division (WYLD) as a division of the WSBA, to defund the WYLD, and to make the WYLD a standing committee with a $10,000 budget.
On October 18–20, 2012, the ABA YLD will hold its Fall Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, which will bring together young lawyers from around the country and showcase a diverse panel of programs, speakers, and CLEs in a city recently named one of “America’s Most Friendly” by Travel & Leisure magazine.
Yet again affiliates nationwide have organized a plethora of community service projects, pro bono activities, educational programs, and social events.
This year the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will embrace the theme of nationwide public service. The primary goal for “A Year of Service” is to increase the number community service initiatives taken on by members of the ABA Young Lawyers Division.
Many young lawyers finish law school with few career prospects and significant debt. They find themselves armed with a degree and bar admission, but no job to teach them how to be lawyers. Over the past few years, the Oregon New Lawyers Division has aimed to tackle these problems head-on and provide young lawyers with opportunities that give them meaningful legal experience and position them for permanent job opportunities in the future.
When a natural disaster like a tornado or flood strikes, survivors need to attend to real and personal property issue and health, financial, and employment matters that the natural disaster may have affected.
A lollapalooza is defined by Merriam-Webster as an event that is “extraordinarily impressive.” In addition to the Lollapalooza music festival that was in Chicago at the same time, the lawyers of the ABA had their own legal lollapalooza at the ABA Annual Meeting.
Now that you are filling the role of an affiliate leader, how do you achieve your goals? One of the best ways to ensure that an affiliate has a successful bar year is for your affiliate leadership to have a positive working relationship with the members of your bar staff—if you are fortunate enough to have a staff.
The Next Steps Challenge is an opportunity for ABA YLD affiliates to share information about existing projects and develop new programs targeted at increasing diversity in the pipeline to the legal profession.
How do you show your appreciation to the brave men and women who serve our country? For the 2011–2012 bar year, the ABA YLD honored our servicemen and servicewomen through its public service initiative, “Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans.” The initiative offers free legal clinics to educate veterans on available federal benefits and to assist them with obtaining those benefits.