ABA YLD Fall Conference Preview

Volume 37, Number 1

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Alyesha Asghar is an Assistant Editor of The Affiliate and an Associate with the Charleston, West Virginia, firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC.

From October 13 to 15, 2011, the ABA YLD Fall Conference will bring together legal scholars, jurists, and specialists in various fields for three days of continuing legal education, professional development seminars, networking, and panels on a wide range of subjects in Seattle, Washington. Although the conference will play host to several programs focused on social media and diversity, no one topic can dominate a meeting this big, and there are many other interesting subjects at hand.

Among a few of these topics are “Devastating Cross Exams” and “May It Please the Court, or Not,” which will be co-sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). Conference participants also will want to keep an eye out for programs on the subject of video depositions, client service, how to find and acquire clients, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution, and diversity in the profession. And, to add more value for conference attendees and local attorneys who will be in Seattle on Thursday, October 13, the Fall Conference will offer two hours of continuing legal education, including one hour of ethics presented by the Membership Board, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Affiliate Showcase
Following its resounding success during the 2011 Spring Conference, the Affiliate Assistance Team is planning to host another Affiliate Showcase during the upcoming Fall Conference. Deadline for submission of projects for the Seattle Fall Conference is September 30, 2011. The Affiliate Showcase presents a unique venue for local, state, national, international, and specialty young lawyer organizations affiliated with the ABA YLD to highlight their successful projects. “The Affiliate Showcase provides affiliate leaders with an opportunity to highlight their affiliate’s best and most innovative programs while exchanging ideas with other young lawyers about how to design and implement successful public and member service projects,” said Andrew Schpak, 2011–2012 ABA YLD Conferences, Programs, and Products Director.

The purpose of the Affiliate Showcase is to help young lawyers interact with colleagues and take away tools to recreate and personalize successful member service projects, public service projects, bar governance, and membership ideas in their local bars and communities. In addition to a slew of great ideas, visitors to the Affiliate Showcase can hope to walk away with assistance in the form of written materials, contacts for other agencies or the senior bar, tips for helpful conference calls, and, in some cases, invitations to send their representatives to attend the meetings of fellow affiliates. If you or your affiliate would like to participate in the Affiliate Showcase as an exhibitor, please contact Jennifer McQuillan at Jennifer.McQuillan@americanbar.org.

Diversity Programming

“Affiliates can also look forward to interesting programming regarding diversity in the profession,” said Schpak. “The ABA YLD Diversity Team as well as Washington State entities will present programs designed to inform affiliates about how to encourage and facilitate diversity in the legal profession, including tips on how to use social media to advance those goals.”

Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans

The ABA YLD Fall Conference will serve as the launching pad for Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans, which is the ABA YLD 2011–2012 public service project. “The purpose of Young Lawyers Serving Veterans is to provide U.S. servicemen and women with pro bono legal services in an effort to help them identify and secure the veteran benefits to which they are entitled,” said Schpak. Because training opportunities will be publicized and provided to ABA YLD members in advance of the Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the launch of Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans during the afternoon of Friday, October 14.

Social and Networking Events

And because no ABA YLD conference would be complete without social and networking events, the organizers of this year’s Fall Conference refuse to disappoint. “Conference participants arriving Thursday night and sticking around Saturday evening will be able to choose from a list of Top Ten dine-around options,” said Kari Petrasek, chair of the Host Committee for the ABA YLD Fall Conference. “Seattle has great cuisine and great breweries and wineries all around the Conference location. We are creating the Top Ten list to help point people in the right directions so that they can take advantage of the great opportunities that Seattle offers.”
On Friday night, all conference attendees are invited to attend the ticketed Fall Gala at Seattle’s Experience Music Project in the shadow of Seattle’s Space Needle. The EMP, as it is commonly known, is a museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction. Fall Gala attendees will have the museum to themselves, which will give attendees an exciting opportunity to see the exhibits on display, including the world’s most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle grunge luminaries, Nirvana.

For More Information

And last, but certainly not least, the host hotel for the ABA YLD Fall Conference is the Hyatt at Olive 8. The sleek and modern hotel is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotel in the city. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Hyatt at Olive 8 offers environmentally friendly features and beautiful rooms in downtown Seattle. Another tantalizing feature of this hotel is its proximity to Pike Place Market and the waters of Puget Sound.
Visit ambar.org/younglawyers2011 for more information and to register for the conference.

Affiliate Projects Showcased in Seattle
Deadline for submission of projects for the Seattle Fall Conference Affiliate Showcase is September 30, 2011.
The Affiliate Showcase presents a unique venue for local, state, national, international, and specialty young lawyer organizations affiliated with the ABA YLD to highlight their successful projects. It will provide a forum for young lawyers to interact with colleagues and take away tools to recreate and personalize successful member service projects, public service projects, bar governance, and membership ideas in their local bars and communities.
If you or your affiliate would like to participate in the Affiliate Showcase as an exhibitor, please contact Jennifer McQuillan.

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