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Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast nearly 18 months ago, but the need for disaster legal services, especially pro bono services, remains strong today. Through coordination between the ABA Disaster Legal Services team and Touro Law Center, much needed assistance is still available for many residents in Long Island still affected by Superstorm Sandy.
On April 8–10, 2014, young lawyers joined leaders from the American Bar Association and from state, local, and specialty bars in Washington, D.C. for ABA Day, the American Bar Association’s annual lobbying day, during which participants had the chance to meet with members of Congress to discuss issues affecting access to justice and the practice of law.
Spring is here, and it’s time to get outside—and think outside the box. While it is tempting to stay in the comfort zone of your bar association, working with an outside (read: nonlegal) organization may be the best way to get members of your local Affiliate networking, collaborating, and contributing to the community.
This year, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) introduced the anti-bullying initiative, Bullyproof: Young Lawyers Educating and Empowering to End Bullying. The Jackson County Young Lawyers Division in Mississippi personalized the initiative and brought it home for the children.
Meet Ireneo Reuss Reus. In an era when young lawyers often debate the merits of becoming general practitioners or focus on substantive-areas of law, Reus has accomplished both in a relatively short time. His story is fascinating. And certainly worthy of emulation.
Directing the largest young lawyer organization in the world requires aptitude, foresight, and vision. Combining these traits and others, Robin Rone effectively leads the 130,000-member ABA Young Lawyers Division with enthusiasm and humility.
The Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (MDSBA YLS) has played a stellar role within the bar this past year, demonstrating a commitment to offering its membership continued access to dynamic and innovative programming designed to enhance the young lawyer experience.
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. For Affiliates organizing great events, please forward any information or photos you have of your group’s activities. They may be selected for inclusion in the newsletter’s next issue.
Growing up in Detroit, I didn’t personally know a single lawyer and the only lawyers I remotely knew anything about were those on the billboards displayed throughout the city and in local commercials. Things have certainly changed since my days in Detroit, and although I no longer call Detroit my home, I am certainly proud of the good work that the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers are doing to make Detroit a better place.
Tremaine “Teddy” Reese is one of the most dedicated advocates on behalf of law students and young lawyers. Since Teddy entered law school in 2009 and in the years following his 2012 graduation, he has consistently pursued opportunities within the ABA to address the concerns of law students nationwide.
At this year’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the ABA Young Lawyers Division announced the winner and finalists for the ABA YLD National Outstanding Lawyer Award for 2013. Brittany Byrd, a 2013 NOYLA Finalist, is an associate with Winstead PC’s Finance & Banking Practice Group in Dallas.
At this year’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago, the ABA Young Lawyers Division announced the winner and finalists for the ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for 2013. Keya Koul, a 2013 NOYLA finalist, is an associate with the law firm of Brown and Gurulé in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine invited me to watch the film The Watchmen. While I found the film to be reasonably entertaining, one phrase did stick in my mind when I began writing this article: “Who watches the Watchmen?” In the context of our profession, one also could ask: “Who advocates for the advocates?”
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.