Bullyproof was the idea and creation of former YLD Chair Mario Sullivan, who at the ABA 2013 Annual
Conference in San Francisco, launched Bullyproof as his featured 2013-14 ABA YLD Public Service Project. At the same Conference, the YLD Assembly unanimously ap- proved and adopted YLD Resolution 6YL, which highlighted the history of the ABA’s efforts to address the growing bullying epidemic in the
What’s more, the Resolution recommended that federal, state, territorial, and local officials and administrators specifically address bullying and make available pro- grams like mentoring and counsel- ing for students, teachers, admin- istrators and families involved in bullying incidents.
In the YLD, there were three primary pillars to Bullyproof, which together and apart, sought to edu- cate and empower the bar, schools, and communities in an effort to end the bullying epidemic:
Education for Lawyers: CLE, teleconferences, and pro- gramming to educate young lawyers on the legal rights and responsibilities in rep- resenting school systems, insurance carriers, students, parents, and teachers/edu- cators who are faced with charges and cases involving allegations of bullying;
Educating School Admin- istrators, Teachers, Par- ents and Students: Young lawyers implementing Bullyproof in schools to discuss identifying bullying as its happening, the effects of bullying on victims, their parents, and those around