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If ever a word was coined that fit its subject, the word powerhouse describes Mandy Price to a T, and then some. She knows where she wants to go in life. She is fiery, passionate, compassionate, intelligent, and grounded, all at the same time.
The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) takes pride in being a premier, national-caliber young lawyers association. This year, through the initiative of its President Jonathan R. Childers, DAYL is implementing programs and strategies designed for all young lawyers to be healthy, wealthy, and wise.
A healthy mind and body will undoubtedly help us become better lawyers. With that in mind, the ABA YLD’s Fit to Practice Initiative, through sponsorship from the American Bar Endowment, brings wellness tips to young lawyers through social media, videos, and challenges throughout the year.
This year’s Midyear Meeting brought attorneys from across the country to Houston, Texas, to enjoy everything from engaging programming to fun and effective networking events. Overall, it is safe to say that this year’s Midyear Meeting was a complete success.
The ABA YLD Assembly is the Division’s primary policymaking body, which allows Affiliates to participate directly in shaping future bar, government, and law school policy.
Spearheaded by the Legislative Affairs arm of the American Bar Association, ABA Day allows ABA members to meet with elected officials to promote and further the legislative agenda of the ABA. Each year, Congress enacts laws directly impacting the legal profession, and ABA Day provides ABA and ABA YLD members the opportunity to meet with legislators in an intimate setting to discuss important policy decisions.
ABA YLD Affiliates in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona are hosting the “Four Corners” Young Lawyers Regional Summit thanks to funding from the ABA Board of Governors. Additional funding is available for other affiliates to implement their own regional summits, and we encourage you to apply today.
Disasters strike without notice. To best respond to the legal needs of the community, it is important to have volunteer attorneys that understand the legal implications of working on disaster-related issues and the potential challenges that may arise.
Affiliate readers know the value of being active in the ABA. Beyond the ABA, several professional organizations are worthy of involvement. ABA members David Morrow and Dionna Maria Lewis have benefited professionally from wearing many hats.
“Around the Country . . . ” highlights Affiliate activities nationwide. Reach out to the sponsoring Affiliate should you need more information about a particular event or project. Get some new ideas and help your bar association grow.
District 34, which comprises the ABA YLD’s federal and military Affiliates, is a different breed than most. Although judge advocates are able to become members of the Judge Advocates Association, participation is voluntary and perhaps not something that a young judge advocate pursues. As a result of the military bar’s diffuse nature and unique structure, difficulties can arise over ensuring sustained and healthy participation from young JAG attorneys in ABA YLD activities.
For members of the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), “Mind the Gap” is more than a saying when entering or exiting a subway car. For BASF members, Mind the Gap is a comprehensive program that aims to help young lawyers through difficult times in their legal careers.
Since re-energizing its participation in the ABA YLD, the Rhode Island New Lawyers Committee have gotten off to a quick start that has not gone unnoticed. By using uniquely crafted programming centered on the goal of bridging educational gaps for young lawyers and facilitating discourse about core practice principles, the Rhode Island New Lawyers have made significant strides to engage and enrich its membership.
In spring 2013, Joe Cunningham, a then 2L at NKU Chase College of Law outside Cincinnati, Ohio, faced a choice that many readers of this article have probably faced. He had to choose between accepting a paid internship or a for-credit externship.