Giving Back to the Community
In January 2012, the Maine State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section will prepare for its second annual “Jazzed for Justice” benefit, which includes live music, food and drink, and a charity auction, all to benefit Maine legal services organizations.
The Chattanooga Young Lawyers Division (Tennessee) is continuing to work with Hamilton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to expand a project that began last year. This past fall, the Chattanooga YLD expanded the project by including a coloring book explaining the CASA process and items such as stuffed toys or board games that can be used to break the ice between CASA volunteers and children.
The State Bar of South Dakota Young Lawyers Section revived its long-standing “Citizenship in Our Schools” program by promoting iCivics.org in schools and community organizations across the State of South Dakota. iCivics is an online education program designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in democracy. The program is the vision of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation and that civics teachers need better materials and support.
From August 2011 through September 23, 2011, the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers Section (California) held its annual “Backpack Drive for Foster Children.” This event benefits the Children’s Law Center of California and provides foster children with backpacks and school supplies so that the children are equipped with the proper tools to help them learn and succeed in school and in life. Nearly 100 times a day, a child in California is placed in foster care. Los Angeles County “parents” more than 30,000 abused and neglected foster youth. The Children’s Law Center of California represents more than 98% of these children.
On August 30, 2011, the New Orleans Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Louisiana) held a Legal Fair at the Mahalia Jackson Community Center. The legal fair was conducted in conjunction with a Voter Registration Drive sponsored by the City of New Orleans during which job searchers could also register to vote, update their voter information, and obtain free legal assistance and notary services.
On August 18, 2011, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (Texas) Equal Access to Justice Committee (DAYL) held a wine tasting to benefit the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. DAYL also presented its first annual Young Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award at the wine tasting to Amanda A. Todd-Thomas for her outstanding contributions and access to justice to those in need of legal services. The wine tasting is always fun, provides great networking opportunities, and, most importantly, helps raise funds for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, which provides free legal services to indigent citizens of Dallas.
On June 11, 2011 the Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (OCBA YLD) and law students from Oklahoma City University spent a morning at The Children’s Center in Bethany. The Children’s Center is a private nonprofit hospital that serves children with complex medical and physical disabilities. For OCBA YLD’s community service project, they made crafts and played games with the children. They played Wii, Connect Four, skee ball, air hockey, and painted crafts with the children. Everyone had a great time!
Sports and Community
On September 23, 2011, the Knoxville Barristers and the Knoxville Bar Association (Tennessee) joined forces to co-host the annual four-person golf scramble at River Islands Golf Club. The entry fee of $100 per player included green fees, cart, range balls, box lunch, a commemorative tournament gift, two tickets for beverages during the tournament, great prizes, and a delicious cookout following the tournament. All money raised benefited the various charitable endeavors of the Knoxville Barristers.
On September 22, 2011, the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Indiana) hosted its Fourth Annual Cornhole Tournament. Teams of two competed for bragging rights and fabulous prizes.
On September 18, 2011, the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers (California) held the second annual “Kickin’ It Old School” Kickball Tournament! Teams were encouraged to dress in their favorite 70s or 80s attire. Fun was certainly had by everyone.
On September 17, 2011, the Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Oregon) Pro Bono Committee hosted a “Pro Bono Pedal” fundraiser, which is a bike ride to benefit the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Legal Aid Services of Oregon and included two routes and a post-ride social.
In August, the Fairfax Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Virginia) organized the Stitt Cup volleyball tournament, the proceeds of which will go to a scholarship in honor of the late Judge David Stitt.
During the summer, the Grand Rapids Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Michigan) teamed up with the Justice Foundation of West Michigan and organized a golf outing. Proceeds from the event were split between the organizations and will assist the Young Lawyers Section’s funding for the 2011–2012 year, as well as help those of less means obtain access to the justice system.
On June 11, 2011, the Austin Young Lawyers Association (AYLA) (Texas) held its 15th Annual Charity Softball Tournament. Nine teams enjoyed a breezy and mostly cloud-covered Saturday to make this year’s tournament a success. The softball tournament benefits the AYLA Foundation and supports the Foundation’s charitable projects in the Austin community.
Continuing to Learn
On September 29, 2011, the Hawaii State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held “Mediation Basics,” a free YLD professional seminar featuring Tracey S. Wiltgen, executive director of the Mediation Center of the Pacific.
On September 22, 2011, the Riverside County Bar Association Barristers (California) held a continuing legal education presentation on jury selection, which included a mock jury selection from both criminal and civil perspectives.
On September 17, 2011, the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Spokane County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Washington) invited new attorneys to a CLE to learn and practice the foundational skills to achieve successful settlements. Topics included developing a strategic plan before negotiation, integrating client advocacy and your personal values to craft solutions, recognizing key aspects of settlement drafting, and anticipating the tax implications of your settlement agreement.
On September 13, 2011, the El Paso Bar Association (Texas) held its September Bar Luncheon CLE, which featured District Attorney Jaime Esparza and Assistant District Attorney Lori Hughes, who spoke about “The Portal—Advances in Criminal Case Management and the Prosecutor’s Office.”
On September 8–9, 2011, the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Illinois) held a two-day CLE program commemorating the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. Presentations examined 9/11’s impact on the legal profession and society and recognized the sacrifices of America’s armed forces and first responders.
On July 8, 2011, the Lawyers Association of Kansas City Young Lawyers Section (Missouri) held its annual luncheon, which featured Greg Cotton, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Sporting Kansas City, as its guest speaker. Cotton has been a part of an exciting year for the Major League Soccer team based in Kansas City.
Member Outreach and Programming
On September 6, 2011, the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division held a Kick-Off and Barbeque during which members of the YLD were able to network, meet YLD Officers and Executive Committee members, and learn what was planned for the upcoming year.
On June 24, the Grand Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Michigan) hosted its first annual end of the term mixer at which attorneys, both novice and experienced, were provided an opportunity to mingle and get to know one another outside the courtroom. The turnout was phenomenal with a mix of attorneys in solo practice, partners and associates in law firms, and in-house counsel practicing in areas as diverse as labor law, bankruptcy, criminal law, corporate law, and many others.
Outstanding Young Lawyer
In June 2011, the State Bar of Arizona Young Lawyers Division recognized Leslie Satterlee’s efforts by bestowing on her the 2011 Young Lawyer of the Year Award at the state bar’s convention luncheon held in Tucson. Satterlee received the award for her work in developing the Legal Assistance for Women in Shelters (LAWS) program in 2009 while serving on the Domestic Violence Committee. The program involves members of the YLD who provide legal assistance to women who are staying in shelters because of their dangerous circumstances.
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To highlight the achievements and successes of your affiliate, please send updates of member service or public service projects and related pictures to BLaurence@LomurroLaw.com. We look forward to recognizing your projects in future editions of The Affiliate and may even use them to lay the foundation for national outreach!