Affiliates are looking forward to summer with member service projects, public service activities, a variety of sports programs, and are working with students at various levels, including law students.
Member Service Projects
On March 30, the Oregon State Bar Association New Lawyers Division held its after-work social with the mission of confirming or disproving the rumor that attorneys are horrible pool players. Members were able to network over sometimes good, other times not so good, pool playing and appetizers.
This spring, the Sacramento County Barristers Club () is holding a federal nuts-and-bolts seminar, which emphasizes both federal bankruptcy rules and procedures and how the federal practice differs from state court. The Barristers Club is also organizing its California Supreme Court Reception. Local attorneys, law firms, and judges welcome members of the California Supreme Court to this annual luncheon. The luncheon features addresses by a keynote speaker, as well as the Chief Justice. The event provides local attorneys with the valuable opportunity to meet members of the California Supreme Court.
The State Bar Association of North Dakota Young Lawyers Section collaborated with the young CPAs to present a joint continuing education course in May to its respective members. The CLE focused on areas that are particularly relevant to transactional and business attorneys. The YLS’s Professionalism and Education Committee set up its first webinar in April on the fundamentals of family law. The webinar was scheduled to occur over the lunch hour and was offered to young lawyers at a discounted rate. The Committee plans to offer a number of these nuts-and-bolts CLE webinars throughout the year.
On March 25, the CLE Committee of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held its first CLE express. The seminar focused on debtor/creditor issues and gave attorneys the opportunity to participate in a clinic afterwards to apply what they learned to practice. On March 15, the Committee hosted a brown bag lunch at which the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy was discussed. Its next event, in late May, was another brown bag lunch to discuss immigration issues. In conjunction with the Member Outreach Committee, the CLE Committee is working to launch the “Serving Our Seniors” program.
The Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Club () held a two-day nuts-and-bolts seminar on basic litigation skills and essential tools for lawyers. The conference’s programming helps to build a foundation of effective litigation skills in state and federal courts. Conference topics included drafting complaints and responsive pleadings, discovery, class actions, trial advocacy, and ethics. In addition to learning these valuable skills, attending the conference provided attendees with half of the credit hours they need to satisfy their state CLE requirements.
The Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section has been providing continuing legal education seminars every Monday during the bar year. These programs have been very successful and have provided the YLS with over $100,000 in revenue.
The State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division will hold a reception for this year’s bar admittees and host a mock interview program to assist its members. The YLD, in conjunction with State Bar staff, also develops the annual “Bridge the Gap” seminar for the state’s new attorneys. YLD volunteers receive the valuable opportunity of serving as presenters at the seminars and are also afforded the ability to help plan other CLEs that would be relevant and interesting to other young lawyers.
To assist unemployed and inexperienced attorneys, the Oregon State Bar Association New Lawyers Division plans to implement a new program called “Practical Skills Through Public Service.” This program will provide attorneys training and the opportunity to perform pro-bono legal work.
Public Service Projects
In April, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association hosted a baby shower to benefit WeeCycle, the , and Family Star, organizations that provide services to underprivileged women and children. All attendees at the event brought a new unwrapped baby shower gift. Certain bigger items, such as car seats, carriers, strollers, cribs, swings, and high chairs could be donated used. Participants could also make monetary donations to the agencies. All attendees received free valet parking at the event, free appetizers, happy hour priced drinks, door prizes, and there was also a silent auction.
Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section () members, family, friends, and children over the age of 12 participated in two community service days with the Oregon Humane Society in April. Volunteers were able to spend time with the animals, giving them the attention and social skills they need to find new homes. On April 28, the YLS held its annual judges’ social and CourtCare fundraiser. Young lawyers were afforded the valuable opportunity to network and socialize with local federal and state court judges. The YLS also sponsored a raffle to raise additional funds to benefit CourtCare.
On March 12, members of the Ventura County Barristers () participated in “Build Day for Habitat for Humanity” and helped to construct two homes in Piru for local low-income families.
On February 18, the Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held its annual “Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction,” raising over $4,000 for next year’s food drive. The YLD presented the Regional Food Bank of with $25,000 to help feed local people in need.
On April 21, the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Washington) volunteered at the Food Lifeline Warehouse. Volunteers typically perform such functions as labeling packaged products, inspecting and sorting food donations, and repackaging bulk donated products. Last year, Food Lifeline fed over 686,000 people in local communities.
To celebrate Earth Day on April 23, the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held a community tree planting event in coordination with the New Jersey Tree Foundation. Sixteen trees, as well as shrubs and flowers, were planted in the South Ward of Newark.
For its first community service day of the year, the Barristers Club of San Francisco () volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank on April 30. Volunteers helped to sort through food donations, repacked bulk food items, assembled grocery boxes, and stocked pantry shelves. Volunteers were able to provide work equivalent to 38 full-time employees.
The Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division () plans to re-start its Legal Assistance to Women in Shelters (LAWS) program. This program provides women with pro se legal information, education, and resources to better equip them to represent themselves in court. Volunteers provide this information in different shelters in the Phoenix-area in a series of three or four seminars, each one focusing on a different topic.
The Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division implemented the “Serving Our Seniors” project. Its first event was held on April 23 at the Muskogee Public Library and local media were present to provide press coverage. The Mayor of Muskogee agreed to proclaim April “Serving Our Seniors Month.” A second “Serving Our Seniors” event is being scheduled in later this year. The YLD also plans to send desert survival kits to as many of the 4,000 Oklahoma National Guardsmen as possible who have been deployed to . They also prepared and assembled “Bar Exam Survival Kits” for law school graduates who took the Oklahoma Bar Exam in February. These kits contained items such as bottled water, ear plugs, pencils, and antacid. These kits also will be distributed to people planning to take the bar exam in July.
The Houston Young Lawyers Association () held its “Fourth Annual Cross Court Challenge Tennis Tournament” from April 1 through April 3. People at all skill levels were invited to participate in singles or doubles matches. Proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Houston Tennis Association’s National Junior Tennis and Learning Program and to the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation to help fund its annual grant program.
On April 30, the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held a night of “dancing with the bar stars” at the 2011 “Barristers Ball.” The event benefits the Metro Volunteer Lawyers, which provides legal assistance in civil cases to Denver-area residents at or below the poverty line.
On April 3, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers (California) held its “Bench Bar Bike Ride.” The bike ride was two hours long, over more and less strenuous courses. After the bike ride, all participants attended a brunch at the Good Stuff Restaurant in Hermosa Beach.
On March 6, the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Washington) held its annual 5k fun run. Over 120 people participated in the event, which helped to raise funds for local pro bono programs, including legal clinics.
Working with Law Students
The Oregon State Bar New Lawyers Section held an essay contest, open to all Oregon high school students. The essay topic involves whether a state can restrict the sale of violent video games to minors. Students had to explore the possible First Amendment issues and whether the proposed law impermissibly restricted free speech. All essays submitted had to be between 500 and 750 words. The top three essays will each receive a cash prize.
The Maricopa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Arizona) recently held a mock interview program, which was attended by 70 law students.
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