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Many law school graduates and young attorneys are unemployed or underemployed, and many others are working in areas of the law based on happenstance and circumstance. Given the realities of the current legal market, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) is set to launch a new member services project: Starting Points.
At this year’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the ABA YLD announced the winner and finalists for the 2013 ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Jason Sengheiser, this year’s winner, exhibits professional excellence, service to the bar and community, and a reputation for advancing legal ethics and professional responsibility in a way that is as inspiring as it is impressive.
With the help of the ABA YLD, law students and young lawyers do not have to go through the process alone, thanks to ABA CareerLine LIVE!, a live, multi-platform, career advice and resume feedback event that recently took place at the Midyear Meeting in Chicago.
Over the past few years, the ABA YLD and ABA LSD have collaborated on a number of resolutions, opportunities for law students, service projects, and other vehicles, that enhance partnerships between the two divisions. In 2013, however, the YLD leadership recognized a recurring shortcoming in transferring leaders from the LSD to YLD, and to help build a stronger bridge between the Divisions, the ABA YLD Council passed a resolution at the 2013 Midyear Meeting in Dallas to create the YLD Emerging Leaders Program.
Stories of children injuring or killing themselves or others because of bullying pose a growing concern for our communities nationwide. Because of this national concern, ABA YLD Chair Mario Sullivan and the ABA YLD Public Service Team, led by Courtenay Dunn, implemented the anti-bullying initiative, “Bullyproof: Young Lawyers Educating and Empowering to End Bullying.”
After getting through the lighthearted Assembly Roll Call, the ABA YLD Assembly got down to serious business, passing three resolutions after debate, hearing a plethora of guest speakers, and considering reports by ABA YLD Chair Mario Sullivan and ABA YLD Chair-Elect Andrew Schpak.
Greg Gambill is the 2012–2014 ABA YLD District Representative for New Mexico and Arizona. If there is a typical path to follow to become a lawyer, Gambill did not follow it.
The Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association Young Lawyers Section continues to do great things this year and is one of the most active committees within the NPBA. Here’s a brief look at some of the many activities the NPBA YLS has been involved in over the past year.
Nearly 350 young attorneys braved subzero temperatures in Chicago from February 6–8, 2014, to attend the 2014 ABA YLD Midyear Meeting in Chicago, where they took advantage of programming and events and the hospitality of the city.
Based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section consists of a dynamic group of young lawyers dedicated to promoting leadership, community service, and education within the legal and surrounding communities. Here are some highlights of past Broward YLS events and what we can look forward to in the near future.
Affiliates around the country have been diligently serving their communities, their members, and the profession. The following summaries highlight Affiliate activities nationwide. Consider which events you could incorporate into your Affiliate’s initiatives, and feel free to contact the sponsoring Affiliate for more information about a particular event or project.
Each year, the ABA YLD presents two standalone national conferences, one in the fall and one in the spring, and participates in the Midyear Meeting hosted by the ABA. ABA YLD conferences are a great place to network with young lawyers and Affiliate leaders from around the country, and each offers excellent mentoring and leadership opportunities. Three Affiliate representatives (four if one is a minority or a governmental or solo or small firm attorney) from each ABA YLD Affiliate are eligible for up to two days per diem at $100 per day to attend each of the two national conferences.
The Affiliate Leadership Listserv is intended to serve as a resource for executive leaders of Young Lawyer Associations (“Affiliates”) to connect, ask questions, and share information.
The Obama Administration’s proposed FY2015 budget includes some changes to student loan programs and public service loan forgiveness programs that may concern law students and young lawyers. We strongly encourage you to learn more about the PSLF program, and the impact of the proposal passing.