The 2012 ABA YLD Midyear Meeting brought attorneys from all over the world to New Orleans. Southern hospitality and good times reigned supreme. On the first day of the conference, attendees participated in programming and continuing legal education seminars before making their way through the French Quarter to Bourbon Street to celebrate at the Welcome Reception in The Old Absinthe House.
Opening Plenary: Changing Lives
The Opening Plenary, featuring the Honorable Jay Zainey, inspired attendees to use the powers conferred on them as attorneys to give back and do more. Judge Zainey urged the audience to be content and motivated by the ability to change the lives of a few instead of always seeking to change the world. He told stories of attorneys post-Katrina who lost everything and yet helped heal themselves by helping others. Judge Zainey started a program in Louisiana that creates affidavits of identity for homeless people in case they lose their identification cards, which can make a huge difference in their lives, including their ability to access benefits.