April 21, 2021

Prelude to Virtual Spring Meeting

Monique D. Hayes and Shazia Ahmad
Young Lawyer Track

Young Lawyer Track

This year’s Business Law Section Virtual Spring Meeting has something for everyone, especially young lawyers! Below is a snippet from some of the programs produced and sponsored by the Young Lawyer Committee.

1.      Strategic Planning For Business Lawyers. Ever wonder how some lawyers seem to have it all together? They are able to practice in an area they enjoy, develop business, serve the bar, and have time for family and personal pursuits. And, the rest of us are often in awe! Well its not rocket science, but its also not happenstance. Its Strategy!

Below, Judge Peter Reyes shares why its important for business lawyers, and especially young business lawyers to have a strategic plan.

  • If you don’t know where you are going, you will never get there!
  • You need to define your goals if you want to reach them.
  • Without a plan you can get too easily distracted, lose track of your goals, and take on too many goals (should have 3-5).
  • Having a plan forces you to be thoughtful, deliberate, and intentional about what you do and the choices you make.

Judge Reyes will expound on these points and others during the Young Lawyer Committee Meeting and Strategic Planning for Young Lawyers Workshop. Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT

2.      Pro Bono Opportunities. Business lawyers sometimes feel left out when it comes to pro bono legal service opportunities. Below, Young Lawyer Committee Pro Bono Subcommittee Chair, Daniela Cimo shares pro bono ideas and opportunities for business lawyers.

  • Seek out pro bono opportunities through your local legal aid organizations or State and affinity bar associations.
  • Take advantage of virtual trainings and virtual clinic opportunities.
  • Consider providing free training or mentoring to legal aid providers.
  • Advise an eligible small business or nonprofit organization in the areas of employment law, tax law, intellectual property, corporate law, contracts, leases, or small claims litigation.
  • Register with ABA Free Legal Answers and answer a specific question about a civil legal issue without any expectation of long-term representation. 

Ms. Cimo and other members of the Section’s Pro Bono Committee with address this and more in their program Lessons Learned From Pro Bono in a Pandemic. Wednesday April 21, 2021 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT

3.      Law Student Opportunities. The Business Law Section Virtual Spring Meeting also has a myriad of benefits for law students. Below, Young Lawyer Committee Vice Chair, Cesar Escovar, shares why law students should make it a priority to attend.

  • Can’t get any better than FREE!
  • You will have access to more than 4,000 business lawyers who will also be attending the meeting!
  • We have a robust track of law student programming geared at developing you in your future law career!
  • Most importantly, you will establish a lifetime network of contacts.  Don’t you want top-name attorneys in your digital rolodex?

Be sure to attend the Law Student & Young Lawyer Program: Landing Your First Opportunity, Job, and Client. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT

4.      Did Someone Call for a Mixologist? The Young Lawyer Committee is excited to host a special event and mixology demo: The Happy and Adventurous Lawyer, Yes It’s a Thing! Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CDT.

The event will include lively commentary and insights from young lawyers and a business executive who have found success in professional and personal passion pursuits. Below, two of our featured guests, Rochelle Gapere, Esq. and Jazmine Preston-O’Neill, Esq., share a little about surviving and thriving as a young lawyer.

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