Delegate Certification Instructions

ABA Annual Meeting - New York, NY

YLD Assembly -  Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12, 2017

Delegate Certification for the 2017 Annual Meeting Assembly is now open.

Delegate Certification - Background Information and Process:

Rule 1 of the YLD Assembly Standing Rules governs the delegate certification process.

Each state bar organization, national affiliate, and military branch is allotted a certain number of delegates.

Local affiliates must submit delegate information (name, ABA ID #, birth date, whether they qualify under ABA YLD bylaws or the organization's bylaws, and email address) to their state young lawyer organization by May 19.

State Affiliates, Specialty Young Lawyer Affiliates and Military Branches: 

If delegates qualify under state, local, or national affiliate bylaws, you must email a copy of the bylaws to the ABA Young Lawyers Division. The state chair has the authority to apportion delegates between affiliates in a manner consistent with the ABA YLD bylaws using the online certification form by July 10.

Prior to the Assembly, delegates will receive an email containing instructions and links to the Assembly documents, including Resolutions.

Please contact YLD Clerk, Casey Kannenberg or YLD Meeting Planner, Tara Blasingame with questions.

Delegates Must:

Be members of the ABA. Delegates may apply for membership at the time they request certification. They should provide a copy of their application and proof of payment with the certification materials.

Be members of the affiliate they are representing as a delegate.

Have their principal office in the state in which they are a delegate, if participating on behalf of a state bar organization.

Have their names and information submitted by their state bar organization, national affiliate, or military branch.

Register for the Meeting 

Pick-up their ABA Meeting name badge from ABA registration.

Check-in/certify onsite with the YLD at the ABA headquarter hotel to receive their delegate ribbon. Delegates will need their ABA Meeting name badge or pre-registration card for this process.

Have their name badge, delegate ribbon, and Assembly documents, including the Resolution information, and also dressed in business attire for the Assembly.

Note - The individuals below are voting members of the Assembly and should not be included in your delegate count:

  • ABA YLD Officers
  • ABA YLD Directors
  • ABA YLD Nominating Committee Representative
  • ABA YLD Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates
  • ABA YLD Members-at-Large on the ABA Board of Governors
  • ABA YLD District Representatives

ABA YLD National Affiliate Representatives (National Bar Association; National Asian Pacific American Association; Hispanic National Bar Association; and National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender Bar Association)

ABA Law Student Division Chair

Delegates appointed by and representing the chief legal officer of each of the United States' Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard)