2014 ABA Midyear Meeting

YLD Assembly Recap
February 8, 2014
Chicago, IL

2013-2014 Assembly Speaker:  Myra McKenzie-Harris, Bentonville, AR
2013-2014 Assembly Clerk: Dave Scriven-Young, Chicago, IL

Note:  Samuel J. Edmunds, Mendota Heights, MN withdrew his candidacy for Treasurer on 3/25/14.Download the complete agenda as a PDF.


The Speaker and Clerk certified 232 delegates for Assembly.  The Affiliate Roll Call with music selected by our Affiliates was a hit!  Thank you, Affiliates!

The Assembly extends great appreciation and thanks to the Assembly's special guests:  ROTC Detachment 195 Honor Guard, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, organized by Joshua Roman (Fed. & Military D.R.); Law-cappella; ABA President Jim Silkenat; ABA President-Elect William Hubbard; ABA HOD Chair Bob Carlson; ABA SOC Chair Mike Burke; ABA Day Planning Chair Linda Klein; FJE Chair Gene Vance; ABA President-Elect Nominee Paulette Brown; ABA Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division Chair Hon. Jennifer Rymell; YLD members William Kruse, Tommy Preston, Roula Allouch, Chris Rogers, Erica Grinde, Marla Presley, Erin Hamilton; YLD Credentials Board.

Resolutions for Debate

The Assembly also extends thanks to the YLD delegates who debated resolutions, and those who submitted YL resolutions for the Assembly's consideration, including: Chris Fortier; Ryan Blay; Michael Bergmann; Regine Francois; Daniel Thies; Joshua Roman; Andrea Ciobanu.





CLE Model Rule Resolution: This resolution urges the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education (SCOCLE) to amend the Model Rule for Continuing Legal Education (MRCLE) to include requirements for new lawyer training focusing on practice skills, the business of law, career development, and health issues.



In-House Counsel Pro Bono Resolution: This resolution encourages all state and territorial-barring jurisdictions to enact rules that would permit in-house attorneys to practice law in pro bono matters in the jurisdiction where they work without being licensed to practice law in that particular jurisdiction.



Law School Accountability Resolution: This resolution asks Congress and the US Department of Education to establish various benchmarks to (1) slow the increase in law school tuition; (2) limit the debt burden of law school graduates; (3) enhance access to the legal profession, particularly for minorities and traditionally disadvantaged groups; and (4) better equip lawyers to provide quality legal services to the public.



Veterans Law Institutes/Clinics Resolution: This resolution encourages all American law schools to create Veteran Law Institutes/Clinics to assist veterans with their legal needs.


Consent Calendar

All resolutions on the consent calendar were adopted by the YLD Assembly except for 110 (which was withdrawn from the Consent Calendar and whose sponsors withdrew their request for support).  The ABA House of Delegates (HOD) voted on the HOD resolutions during its Midyear Meeting session, and all resolutions on the YLD consent calendar were adopted by the ABA HOD.   The HOD resolutions are available online.





Adopts the black letter ABA Model Business and Supplier Policies on Labor Trafficking and Child Labor



Urges adoption of laws and policies to prevent acts of violence related to the justice system



Urges promotion of human right to adequate food and nutrition



Urges Congress to enact The Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2013 or similar legislation


YLD Elections

The YLD elections will take place during the YLD Assembly at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston on Saturday, August 9.  You must be registered for the Meeting and certified as a delegate to vote. Register online at www.ambar.org/annual.   Visit the website for delegate certification details.

We encourage you to learn more about the candidates:

Secretary: Mark Nichols, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Anna Romanskaya, San Diego, CA
Assembly Clerk: Stefan Palys, Phoenix, AZ
Treasurer: Christina Liu, Chicago, IL
House of Delegates Representative: Myra L. McKenzie-Harris, Bentonville, AR
Nominating Committee Representative: Mario A. Sullivan, Chicago, IL
Board of Governors Representative: Erica Grinde, Missoula, MT

Note:  Samuel J. Edmunds, Mendota Heights, MN withdrew his candidacy for Treasurer on 3/25/14.

National Outstanding Young Lawyers Award Ceremony

Congratulations to this year's recipient and finalists:

Brittany Byrd, Dallas, TX (Finalist)

Keya Koul, Albuquerque, NM (Finalist)

Jason Sengheiser, St. Louis, MO (Winner)

Additional information about the recipients and the award are available online.

Next Assembly: August 8 & 9 at the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting in Boston, MA

Register at www.ambar.org/annual

Call for Resolutions: Submit your resolution via the YLD's online Resolution Proposal Form. YLD Speaker Myra McKenzie-Harris and the Resolutions Team are also available to assist you with all aspects of drafting and presenting your resolution. Contact Myra with questions.

Delegate Certification: Make sure your state, national affiliate or military branch is fully represented:

May 1: deadline for local affiliates to submit delegate information to their state affiliate.

May 15: deadline for state affiliates, national affiliates and military affiliates to submit their delegate information to the ABA YLD via the online Delegate Certification Form.

Note: The following information is needed for each delegate: name, contact information including email address, ABA ID #, birth date, and whether he or she qualifies under ABA YLD bylaws or the organization’s bylaws. If you have any questions regarding delegate certification, contact Assembly Clerk Dave Scriven-Young.

Additional information about the YLD Assembly and Delegate Certification is also online.



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