ABA 2014 Midyear Meeting

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division

February 6-8, 2014


323 E. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Thursday, February 6, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:00 PMZurich F, 1st Floor, Event Centre

What I Wish I'd Known About My Job Search

Get advice to help you with your job search and improve your resume regardless of the legal position you're targeting. During the program young lawyers and a law firm administrator will share their experiences and answer your questions.


Amy L. Drushal, Trenam Kemker, Tampa, FL

Alexandra N. Haddad, Burr Forman, Tampa, FL

William M. Harrelson II, Faust Harrelson Fulker McCarthy & Schlemmer LLP, Troy, OH

LaKeisha R. Randall, Municipal Court of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Steven D. Wingert, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP, Chicago, IL

Friday, February 7, 2014

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Zurich D, 1st Floor, Event Centre

Opening Session / Plenary and Breakfast

Plenary Speaker:  Mike Quigley, U.S. Congressman, Representing the 5th District of Illinois

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Zurich C, 1st Floor, Event Centre

Ethics CLE PROGRAM: Ethically Departing Your Law Firm - What Young Lawyers Need to Know

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In these uncertain economic times, young lawyers often find themselves making lateral moves, hanging their own shingle, or leaving the practice of law. This program will focus on how to ethically depart your firm. Topics include notifying the firm, informing your clients, what to do with the client file, and how to handle trust accounts.

Presented by: YLD Ethics and Professionalism Committee

Moderator: Christina Lewis Abate, The Bar Plan Foundation, Saint Louis, MO


Julia Porter, Office of DC Bar Counsel, Washington, DC

Emily E. Kiser, Lathrop & Gage LLP, Saint Louis, MO

Elizabeth Sharp Lynch, Lynch Sharp & Associates LLC, Lee's Summit, MO

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Zurich F, 1st Floor, Event Centre

CLE PROGRAM: Anatomy of ADR: The Bargaining Phase

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Have you found a winning dispute resolution strategy? Negotiation involves give and take and an exchange of value. Part two of this four-part series will explore various negotiation strategies. Want to avoid the frustration and high cost of run-away arbitrations? Many of the trappings of protracted court litigation have become the norm in arbitration. The panel will discuss the strategies for maintaining the efficiency and low cost of arbitration by managing discovery.

Presented by: ABA Section of Dispute ResolutionTIPS Taskforce on Outreach to Young Lawyers

Program Chair: Latanishia D. Watters, Haskell Slaughter, Birmingham, AL


Serena K. Lee, American Arbitration Association, San Francisco, CA

Michael W. McKay, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA

Myra C. Selby, Ice Miller LLP, Indianapolis, IN

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Zurich B, 1st Floor, Event Centre

CLE PROGRAM: DOMA Overruled: Implications for Health Care Plans and Other Employee Benefits

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As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, same-sex couples who are legally married in any state are required to be recognized as "spouses" or "married" for purposes of federal law. Our panel will examine the immediate implications for employers maintaining health and welfare plans, retirement plans, and other fringe benefit programs.

Presented by: YLD Diversity Committee

Program Chairs: Jeffrey A. Arnold, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL

Phillip Long, Branch Banking and Trust Company, Greensboro, NC

Moderator: Jeffrey A. Arnold, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL


Benjamin J. Conley, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL

Kathryn J. Kennedy, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL

Anne Prenner Schmidt, Roetzel & Andress, Chicago, IL

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Zurich D, 1st Floor, Event Centre

Public Interest Jobs: A Ten-Year Path to Being Debt Free and Feeling Fulfilled

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This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the benefits that public interest jobs carry with them - from the work/life balance benefits to the financial benefits associated with student loan forgiveness.

Presented by: YLD Tax Law Committee

Moderator: Bradley Tate, Postlethwaite & Netterville, Baton Rouge, LA


Timothy Shortess, Groupon Inc., Chicago, IL

Andrew VanSingel, Prairie State Legal Services Inc., Wheaton, IL

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Zurich F, 1st Floor, Event Centre

CLE PROGRAM: Trial Practice Tips and Preserving Appeals

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This CLE program will focus on tips for trial practice and will emphasize what you need to know to preserve appeals while in trial.

Presented by: YLD TIPS Committee

Moderator: Jason E. Hirshon, Slinde Nelson Stanford, Portland, OR


Jacob M. Downs, Lane Powell, Seattle, WA

Sarah L. Rogers, Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons, Dallas, TX

Kristi Bergemann Rothell, Methe & Rockenbach, Palm Beach, FL

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Zurich D, 1st Floor, Event Centre

A Primer for Practicing Law with a Non-Profit

The practice of public interest law includes both protecting and advocacy for individual rights as well as systemic changes to promote the advancement of justice. The means by which this mission is accomplished varies from individual and class representation to education and promotion of public interest work. Our panel will discuss their own career paths and provide advice on how to develop a practice devoted to public interest.

Presented by: YLD Member Service Team

Program Chair: Elizabeth Overmoe, SDAS, Sioux Falls, SD

Moderator: Adena Leibman, Ocean Conservancy, Portland, OR


Jessica Goldberg, The Hague DV Project, Montclair, NJ

Estelle Rogers, Project Vote, Washington DC

Barry Taylor, Equip for Equality, Chicago, IL

10:30 AM - 11:30 AMZurich C, 1st Floor, Event Centre

CLE Program: From Law School to Law Practice: The Solo Practitioner

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In the competitive legal field that we live in today, it is important for new attorneys to consider all options, including starting his or her own practice. Our program discusses the pros and cons of starting a solo practice, and how one succeeds after he or she has committed to the objective of making it as a solo practitioner.

Presented by: YLD Solo Practitioners

Moderator: Christopher W. Blaylock, Law Offices of C.W. Blaylock, Los Angeles, CA


Orly Ahrony, Law Offices of Orly Ahrony, Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth "Jodi" McShan, Withers & Withers PC, Dallas, TX

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Zurich B, 1st Floor, Event Centre

CLE Program: Protecting the Rights of Students and Student Organizations in Public Schools

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This panel will focus on the issues that contribute to intolerant environments in public schools, particularly in regards to bullying, harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ students and associated gay-straight alliance ("GSA") organizations on-campus; tactical decisions in advocating for the rights of these students, especially in states with explicit sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression protections; the legal framework for such efforts; and ways in which lawyers can collaborate with community organizations to achieve success.

Presented by: YLD Public Service Team and Air & Space Law Committee

Moderator: Cameron R. Cloar, Nixon Peabody LLP, San Francisco, CA


Brendan Hamme, ACLU of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Julie A. Nice, University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA

Ellen M. Papadakis, Nixon Peabody LLP, San Francisco, CA

11:45 AM - 12:45 PMZurich D, 1st Floor, Event Centre

Climbing the Ladder: Pursuing Leadership Opportunities in the YLD and throughout the ABA

This program is an informational session on the YLD and ABA leadership appointment process. Past, present, and future ABA and YLD leaders will provide tips on successfully navigating the process, while also finding the right position(s) for you.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PMSt. Gallen 1, 2nd Floor, Event Centre

Affiliate Leader Programming - Bar Leadership Advancement: Transitioning from YLD Leadership to Local, State and National Bar Leadership

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From 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., YLD members will hear directly from several Bar Presidents and Executive Directors on the process of transitioning and advancing into general bar leadership on the local, state, and national level.

From 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Affiliate leaders may participate in roundtable discussions with senior bar leaders, focusing on advancement in bar leadership. Several topic-based tables will be set up and Affiliate Leaders will be invited to move every 15 minutes, if they so choose, which will allow more focus on issues of particular importance to each participant. Discussions will be held on various topics including: elected vs. appointed positions, cultivating relationships, leadership opportunities, transition and leadership tracks, and leadership benefits.

Moderators:  Nathan D. Alder, Christensen & Jensen PC, Salt Lake City, UT

Donna Frazier, Parish of Caddo, Shreveport, LA

Shenique Moss, Michigan Department of Attorney General, Lansing, MI


Kelly-Ann F. ClarkeGreer Herz & Adams LLPGalveston, TX

Kathryn G. Madigan, Levene Gouldin & Thompson LLP, Vestal, NY

Edward M. Patterson, Alabama State Bar, Montgomery, AL

John C. Trimble, Lewis Wagner LLP, Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, February 8, 2014

7:45 - 8:45 AMZurich E, 1st Floor, Event Centre

YLD Diversity Dialogue Breakfast - Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings: Bridging the Gender Gap in the House of Law

Join us as we discuss the issues still striking at the heart of gender inequality in the legal profession today. During this interactive session, we will examine the barriers female lawyers face, from first year associate all the way up to partner, drawing on the experiences and opinions of attendees.


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