2020 Virtual Fall Conference Schedule

The ABA Young Lawyers Division will present the 2020 Virtual Fall Conference: Looking Towards the Young Lawyer's Role in Cultivating and Maintaining Civility and Civic Education from October 7-9, 2020 —bringing people together from across the legal community to offer outstanding training on advancing justice.  

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Be on the lookout for future YLD Fall Conference emails. In the meantime, keep checking this page  for more information and announcements of this year’s workshops.

CLE Information

The total amount of credits for this conference are 6 hours of CLE credit (in 60-minute states) and 7.2 hours of CLE credit (in 50-minute states).

Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit www.americanbar.org/mcle for general information on CLE at the ABA.

The following schedule is tentative, and times are subject to change.

All times are EDT.

Tuesday, October 6

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 7

12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Mid-day Break Meditation & Yoga

Why not start of each day of the conference with mindfullness meditation?  Join Christina Sava for a 15 minute mid-day break.

Speaker:

  • Christina Sava

 

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Civic Engagement)
Opening Plenary: Role of Judges

They are the umpires and referees of the profession, so what is their role in making sure the parties not only play by the rules but also play nice? As we open the Fall Conference, we hear from Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick Fischer about what civility means to him, and how the judiciary can help improve civility in the practice.  

Speakers:

 

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Civic Engagement)
The Role of Bar Associations

The legal profession has a reputation for being full of bulldogs, fighters, and bullies – but every lawyer knows the importance of getting along with opposing counsel. Join state and national bar leaders as they talk about the role of bar associations in fostering civility in the profession, and why it’s more important than ever.  

Speaker:

  • Chris Brown, Deputy Law Director for Mansfield, Ohio, and ABA YLD Chair

 

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Legal Track)
Financial Fitness: How Your Finances Affect Your Well-Being? (CLE)

This program will review the effects of financial stressors on young lawyer well-being and will provide suggestions and solutions to help young lawyers take control of their finances and their well-being.

Speakers:

  • Peter Lazaroff, Certified Financial Advisor, frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and Forbes
  • David Moore, Ford Hospital; Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Division of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

Moderator:

  • Whittney Dunn, Risk Manager, The Bar Plan

Program Materials:

 

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Legal Track)
Race & the (In)Justice System (CLE)

A continuation of the Redefining Justice: A Path Forward program series in support of racial equity, meaningful change, and justice. This program will focus on the racial disparity in the criminal justice system and the disproportionate effect of mass incarceration on people of color. The panelist(s) will discuss the cause of racial disparity in our criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration on people of color, and what lawyers can do to drive meaningful change to reduce the racial disparity.

Speakers:

  • Jenerra Crenshaw, Attorney, San Diego County Office of the Primary Public Defender
  • Melba V. Pearson, Center For the Administration of Justice At FIU-Green School of International Public Affairs
  • Dr. Artika Tyner (Pre-recorded Speaker), Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice, University of St. Thomas School of Law

Moderator:

  • Tamara Nash, South Dakota Attorney General's Office and ABA YLD Diversity Director

Program Materials:

 

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
YLD Welcome TurnUp

Kick off your shoes and relax your feet... and party with us for a virtual welcome mixer. Enjoy listening to the latest tracks of 2020 while catching up with YLD friends, those new and old.

Thursday, October 8

12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Mid-day Break Meditation & Yoga

Why not start of each day of the conference with mindfullness meditation?  Join Christina Sava for a 15 minute mid-day break.

Speaker:

  • Christina Sava

 

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (Civic Engagement)
Defusing Bullies with Prof. Brown (CLE)

We talk a lot about civility, but that can mean something different to everyone. What can you do to keep the peace in your day-to-day practice? In the past few years, there has been renewed attention to bullying in the profession. Prof. Heidi Brown, author of The Introverted Lawyer (ABA 2017), and Untangling Fear in Lawyering (ABA 2019), gives us some practical tips on how to defuse bullies. 

Moderator:

  • Selena Molina, Master in Chancery, Delaware Court of Chancery, Leonard L. Williams Justice Center and YLD NCT Director

Speaker:

  • Heidi Brown, author and Professor, Brooklyn Law School 

Program Materials:

 

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Civic Engagement)
The Future Is Now: Millennials @ Work (CLE)

This presentation explores the intergenerational practice of law with a special emphasis on Millennials (born 1981 to 1996). Just last year, Millennials became the largest generation practicing law, and consequently understanding the Millennial mindset is a necessity, not a luxury, for those law firms poised to thrive in the coming decade. Together, we will explore commonly held Millennial values and identify how law firms are beginning to incorporate the Millennial mindset into firm culture. As Millennials become leaders within their firms, the business and practice of law are poised for significant transformations. Topics include the embrace of work-life blend, the critical importance of authentic mentorship, and the belief in doing well by doing good.

Speakers:

  • JP Box, Jr., Millennial Lawyer Consultant
  • Spencer Rubin, Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Program Materials:

 

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Legal Track)
Say It Clearly: Communication Strategies to Help Grow Your Personal Brand and Professional Career as a Young Lawyer
(Pre-recorded)

Learning how to clearly and effectively communicate your value, your ideas, or your legal arguments as a young lawyer is a powerful way to advance your career. When you’re still new to the legal profession, it can seem intimidating to speak up and represent your true worth, whether that’s in a legal brief to a judge or during a one-on-one meeting with your supervising attorney. Join Ivy B. Grey, legal blogger, speaker, and VP of Strategy for WordRake and Nicole Abboud-Shayan, former legal podcaster, speaker, and Business Development Associate for WordRake as they explain simple communication strategies for compelling personal and professional self-advocacy as a young lawyer. By the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  • Craft a clear and simple message that represents their personal brand
  • Enhance their persuasion skills - in the courtroom, at the office, and with clients
  • Establish an active voice in any writings created (ex: legal memos, business emails, blogs, and social media posts)

Speakers:

  • Ivy B. Grey is the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for WordRake.
  • Nicole Abboud-Shayan is the Business Development Associate for WordRake

Program Materials:

 

4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Legal Track)
How to Empower Diverse Young Attorneys In the Legal Workplace: A TED-style Talk (CLE)

We are thrilled with the opportunity to bring the first in our series of DEI TED-Style Talks on the road to ABA (YLD) Members at the 2020 Annual Meeting. Please join us for a CLE conversation where our young lawyers and legal practitioner panelists will share with participants their stories about overcoming adversity as young members of underrepresented communities in the law and advice for increasing legal workplaces' DEI efforts and programming for young attorneys.

Speakers:

  • Kiki Council—Associate at Holland & Hart LLP, AmLaw 100 Firm, Member of Sam Cary Bar Association of Colorado (African American Bar) and Colorado LGBT Bar Association.
  • Sonia Ramirez Anderson—Associate at Husch Blackwell LLP, AmLaw 100 Firm, Member of Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.
  • Sumi Lee—Head of Judicial Diversity Outreach State Court Administrator’s Office Colorado Judicial Department
  • Jennifer Carty, Colorado Office of the Attorney General

Moderator:

  • Spencer Rubin—Association at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, AmLaw 100 Firm, Chair-Elect Colorado Bar Association YLD, Member of Denver LGBTQ+ and Jewish communities, Member ABA YLD Resolutions Team, Planned Delegate ABA YLD Assembly at Annual Meeting.

Program Materials:

 

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Legal Track)
Say It Clearly: Live Q & A with session speaker Nicole Abboud-Shayan

Join speaker(s) of the session "Say it Clearly: Communication Strategies to Help Grow Your Personal Brand and Professional" for a  live one-on-one Q&A session. Tune into YLD webpage to watch recording of Ivy B. Grey, legal blogger, speaker, and VP of Strategy for WordRake and Nicole Abboud-Shayan, former legal podcaster, speaker, and Business Development Associate for WordRake as they explain simple communication strategies for compelling personal and professional self-advocacy as a young lawyer. 

Speaker:

  • Nicole Abboud-Shayan is the Business Development Associate for WordRake
  • Ivy B. Grey is the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for WordRake

 

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
YLD Wellness presents: Mindfulness Watercoloring Session with Dr. Megan Clark of Mindful Therapy and Artist Ginger Williams

Dr. Megan Clapton, of Mindful Therapy, and artist Ginger Williams Cook present a hands-on approach to mindfulness. We will explore a mindful practice of creativity using watercolor as a medium for meditation. Mindfulness based meditation uses the mind/body connection to develop relaxation responses to everyday stress. Attendees will learn about the 7 attitudes of mindfulness and how to use watercolor with a beginner’s mind. We will experience how the colors can blend effortlessly on the page with a simple brush stroke and how to anchor yourself in a mindful action. Limited Seating.

  • Presented by Dr. Megan Clapton, of Mindful Therapy and artist Ginger Williams Cook.
  • 20 participants maximum

 

Friday, October 4th

8:45 a.m.: Programming begins, featuring CLE programs and special guest speakers
2 p.m. Business and Planning Meetings

All are encouraged to attend the business meetings and help plan outstanding content for young lawyers across the country.

Attendance is required for all committee chairs, committee vice chairs, liaisons, board members, team members, and Cabinet.

Saturday, October 5th  

9 a.m.: Programming begins featuring engaging speakers and CLEs in the morning.
11 a.m. to 12 noon:  Closing plenary session
12 p.m. to 2:00p.m.: Cabinet Meeting
12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.:  Public Service Team will lead a public service event.

All times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Friday, October 4th

8:45 a.m.: Programming begins, featuring CLE programs and special guest speakers
2 p.m. Business and Planning Meetings

All are encouraged to attend the business meetings and help plan outstanding content for young lawyers across the country.

Attendance is required for all committee chairs, committee vice chairs, liaisons, board members, team members, and Cabinet.

Saturday, October 5th  

9 a.m.: Programming begins featuring engaging speakers and CLEs in the morning.
11 a.m. to 12 noon:  Closing plenary session
12 p.m. to 2:00p.m.: Cabinet Meeting
12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.:  Public Service Team will lead a public service event.

All times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Friday, October 4th

8:45 a.m.: Programming begins, featuring CLE programs and special guest speakers
2 p.m. Business and Planning Meetings

All are encouraged to attend the business meetings and help plan outstanding content for young lawyers across the country.

Attendance is required for all committee chairs, committee vice chairs, liaisons, board members, team members, and Cabinet.

Saturday, October 5th  

9 a.m.: Programming begins featuring engaging speakers and CLEs in the morning.
11 a.m. to 12 noon:  Closing plenary session
12 p.m. to 2:00p.m.: Cabinet Meeting
12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.:  Public Service Team will lead a public service event.

All times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Friday, October 4th

8:45 a.m.: Programming begins, featuring CLE programs and special guest speakers
2 p.m. Business and Planning Meetings

All are encouraged to attend the business meetings and help plan outstanding content for young lawyers across the country.

Attendance is required for all committee chairs, committee vice chairs, liaisons, board members, team members, and Cabinet.

Saturday, October 5th  

9 a.m.: Programming begins featuring engaging speakers and CLEs in the morning.
11 a.m. to 12 noon:  Closing plenary session
12 p.m. to 2:00p.m.: Cabinet Meeting
12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.:  Public Service Team will lead a public service event.

All times and dates are tentative and subject to change.

Say It Clearly: Communication Strategies to Help Grow Your Personal Brand and Professional Career as a Young Lawyer (Pre-recorded)

Friday, October 9

12 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Mid-day Break Meditation & Yoga

Why not start of each day of the conference with mindfullness meditation?  Join Christina Sava for a 15 minute mid-day break.

Speaker:

  • Christina Sava

 

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Legal Track)
Men of Color Summit (Part 1): Men of Color Presents: Personal and Professional Development as a Man of Color

Join us for a dynamic and engaging panel of speakers who will share their insights on personal and professional development as men of color.  As they reflect on changes in professional culture throughout their tenure, each will share advice received and lessons learned that helped them navigate their career paths. Panelists will share experiences, resources, and sources of support that have helped them achieve years of success.

Speakers:

  • Benjamin Wilson, Beveridge & Diamond, PC
  • Bryan Browning, Lenovo
  • Michael Tang, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Moderator: 

  • Jonathan Bogues, YLD Men Of Color Chair

 

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Legal Track)
Men of Color Summit (Part 2): Wellness Program - Mental Health in Times of Racial Unrest (ETHICS/CLE)

This program features a panel of black mental health professionals (counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc.) discussing the mental health issues that can arise during times of racial unrest for BIPOCs. The program also provides tips for coping with those issues, both for the affected individuals and for their allies.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Shari Dade, Everyday Psychology LLC
  • Dr. Erica James, Francis Marion University
  • Dr. April Scott, 3 Psychs & A Mic

Moderator:

  • Peter Kang

 

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Civic Engagement)
Access to Justice: Just Mercy (CLE)

The program features panelists from academia, social justice initiatives, the judiciary, and criminal defense practices discussing how the movie Just Mercy portrays the unequal application of justice between white and Black people in America, both then and now and what options we as a society have moving forward for the implementation of anti-racist and race-blind practices in law enforcement and within the criminal justice system.

Speakers:

  • Mx. Amber Lara, The Paul Wilkinson Law Firm
  • Darrell D. Jackson, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law and Director, Prosecution Assistance Program, Adjunct Professor, African American & Diaspora Studies, University of Wyoming
  • Rebecca Brown, Innocence Project
  • Kiah Ellis, J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Hon. Michael Donnelly, Supreme Court Ohio

Moderator:

  • Philip Nickerson, US Supreme Court, Colorado

Program Materials:

 

4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Civic Engagement)
Closing Plenary: Importance of Civility in a Democratic Society 

This year, the ABA YLD will be bringing a renewed focus to civility. As lawyers, we have a special skillset and responsibility to maintain civility in our communities, whether through education, public service, or otherwise. Join us as we kick off our Fall Conference with a conversation from our nation’s leaders about the importance of civility in a democratic society and what young lawyers can do to effect positive change. 

Speaker:

  • Chris Brown, Deputy Law Director for Mansfield, Ohio, and ABA YLD Chair
  • Ted Celeste, former Ohio State Representative
  • Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State

Moderator:

  • Tamara Nash, South Dakota Attorney General's Office and ABA YLD Diversity Director

 

5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
It’s a Wrap: Comedy Show & Networking Hour

It's a Wrap! As we bring the YLD Fall Virtual Conference to a close, join us as we unwind for a night of fun and laughter with the talented comedians Vik Pandya and Paul Farahvar.