Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
In fall 2009, I attended my first American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division conference in Birmingham, Alabama. I went to the conference expecting to attend yet another boring function filled with lawyers. My sole purpose for registering was to acquire four hours of continuing legal education credit, which I knew I could not obtain for a price cheaper than my registration cost. Once I attended the conference, I was surprisingly amazed. I had discovered a network of lawyers that I was excited to encounter. While at the conference, I met lots of people. In particular, I encountered five or six attendees wearing a gold ribbon that read “Scholar.” Immediately, I wanted to know, “What is a 'Scholar'? And how can I be one?”