Giving Back to the Community
The Jackson Young Lawyers Association (Mississippi) presented two Jackson area college seniors, who had demonstrated financial need, with scholarships to cover the cost of the LSAT and costs of sending their scores to law schools. The Jackson Young Lawyers also provided these students with study materials. The students received the scholarship awards at the Young Lawyers July membership meeting. In addition, at each membership meeting this year, Jackson Young Lawyers will collect specific items to be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Mississippi. At July’s meeting, the Jackson Young Lawyers collected school supplies. The Jackson Young Lawyers hosted a bowling tournament and silent auction at Strike on November 3, with the proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. The Jackson Young Lawyers also gave a community outreach grant in the amount of $3,000 to the Bethlehem Center, a local organization that provides quality child care to low-income families. The money was used to buy an industrial-sized freezer to store food for the Center’s healthy eating program.
The Tulsa County Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee (Oklahoma) held a Halloween Party to raise money for Angel Ministries, an organization that provides Thanksgiving dinners for Oklahoma families in need. After raising these funds at the Halloween Party, members of the Tulsa County YLC helped Angel Ministries deliver dinners to the families on Thanksgiving.
On October 26, the El Paso Young Lawyers Association (Texas) and the Texas Young Lawyers Association hosted the “El Paso High School Symposium.” The Young Lawyers are currently working with the University of Texas at El Paso Law School Preparation Institute for programming and the Chamizal National Park for the venue and transportation of students.
The Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association (Texas) held its annual golf tournament at the end of September. The golf tournament raised funds to benefit the CASA of the South Plains. Attendance at the golf tournament exceeded 150 participants.
On September 17, the Oregon State Bar Association New Lawyers Division participated in a fundraising event with homeless teens in southern Oregon the proceeds from which benefited the Maslow Project. The Maslow Project is a goal-oriented resource center serving homeless and at-risk youth, school-aged through 21.
One of the major projects of the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section in the upcoming year is the initiation of a new program called “Lawyers in the Classroom; Kids in the Courtroom.” Volunteer YLS attorneys will travel to elementary schools across the state and work with children in fun and exciting ways to teach them the basics of civics, the law, and government. Over two dozen schools from all over the state have signed up to participate in the program, and as the program progresses, it is anticipated that more schools will sign up and the level of outreach will grow. The YLS is excited to see the program expand and extend into future bar years.
The Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Oklahoma) volunteered at the local Children’s Hospital and also began its annual Harvest Food Drive project. The Oklahoma County YLD has committed to raising $20,000 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. To achieve this goal, the Oklahoma County YLD hosted a bowling tournament during which it raised several thousand dollars and is planning a chili cook-off and a silent auction.
Disaster Legal Services
The State Bar Association of North Dakota Young Lawyers Section is currently focused on managing and manning the Disaster Legal Services Hotline. The group answered the call for help from the ABA YLD District Representative for District 21, the State Bar of North Dakota, and Legal Services of North Dakota. The YLS and the state bar elected to help all the survivors of the flooding in North Dakota, not only those who were low-income survivors. For those survivors who exceeded Legal Service’s of North Dakota’s income thresholds, the YLS was the sole resource for free legal services. To date, the group has aided almost 200 flood survivors. In conjunction with its operation of the flood hotline, the ND YLS noticed that many of the flood questions being asked were related to FHA mortgages. The ND YLS set up a conference call on Monday, August 29, 2011, with General Counsel for the North Dakota Banker’s Association, to get more information on how to handle more complex questions regarding FHA mortgage issues. The call was attended by several attorneys, bankers, and people from FEMA. All who attended found the call to be helpful and informative.
The Vermont Bar Association Young Lawyers Section has been getting disaster legal services organized for Vermont residents in the wake of Hurricane Irene. Vermont was hit quite hard by the storm, and over 100 attorneys have offered their services to residents in need of legal counsel. In addition, the Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Vermont Law Line, and state and county bar associations have also looked to assist residents in need.
The Hampden County Bar Association New Lawyers Division (Massachusetts), FEMA, and the ABA YLD provided legal services to victims of the June 2011 tornado.
Member Outreach and Programming
On October 22, 2011, the New Jersey State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division tailgated at Moorland Farms in Far Hills, New Jersey. The event marked the 91st running of the Far Hills Steeplechase, a timeless tradition, featuring the finest steeplechasers in the world competing against a backdrop of autumn splendor. This world-class event mixes society with sport, bringing families, race enthusiasts, and nonprofit organizations and corporations together for a day of racing, high fashion, food, networking, and celebration. The race day total purses equaled $550,000, with six races offering the highest purses on the National Steeplechase Association circuit. Since the 1950s, this unique annual event has raised over $17 million for Somerset Medical Center and in 2007 contributed to the opening of the Steeplechase Cancer Center. The Race Meeting has impacted profoundly the medical center’s growth and ability to offer comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical services to New Jersey residents.
On September 22, 2011, the Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Arizona) held a judicial reception at the Arizona Inn. The event was a great way to meet other young lawyers and attorneys, as well as Pima County judges.
On September 8, the Ohio State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section announced the winner of the Judicial Administration award. The purpose of this award is to bring greater visibility to exemplary programs in Ohio’s courts and facilitate the transfer of those programs to other courts in the state. The winner was the Toledo Municipal Court Probation Department Technology Initiative. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Ohio Judicial Conference in Columbus and was accepted by Toledo Municipal Court Presiding Judge Michael R. Goulding.
The Maine State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section organized a very successful and well-attended CLE on trial practice that took place in August at the Augusta Civic Center. Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley led a CLE on the topic of courtroom and general attorney decorum. Other presenters included several judges and attorneys from around the state.
The Grand Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Michigan) started its new term by hosting its next “Expand Your Practice” seminar at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Lansing Campus on Saturday, July 30, 2011. The series is targeted to unemployed and underemployed lawyers in the county bar’s community to provide practical knowledge in specific areas of practice. The seminar focused on corporate law and finance. Following the seminar, the YLS prepared for a charity softball game, which was held at the end of the summer.
The Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and Tulsa County young lawyer Affiliates participated in a regional conference at the Downstream Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma (near Joplin, Missouri), with young lawyer leaders from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri Affiliates. Young lawyer leaders learned about the ABA YLD and the opportunities available through the Division. Young lawyer leaders also learned about the ABA YLD’s role in disaster relief and heard from some young lawyers in Joplin who were affected by recent tornadoes. In addition, young lawyer leaders participated in Affiliate roundtables at which they were able to share ideas and discuss problems with other Affiliate leaders.
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