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    Preview: Upcoming ABA YLD Fall Conference in Denver, October 5-7, 2017

    October 4, 2017 5:24 PM by Tracey Moore

    By Aryane Garansi*

    ABA YLD members will attend the ABA YLD Fall Conference in Denver from Thursday, October 5 through Saturday, October 7, 2017. YLD members can earn CLE credit, including sessions with ethics credit, listen to discussions on various areas of the law, and participate in networking opportunities with lawyers in different practice areas from around the world.

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    Join Your ABA YLD Colleagues in the City that Never Sleeps for ABA Annual Meeting August 10-13, 2017

    August 8, 2017 5:06 PM by Tracey Moore

    By Raymond L. Panneton*  

    From Thursday, August 10, through Sunday, August 13, 2017, ABA YLD members from across the globe will descend on the Big Apple for the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting.  YLD members can earn CLE and ethics credit, network with colleagues, participate in YLD governance activities, and participate in YLD officers and representatives elections.  As a part of the YLD #Fit2Practice initiative, Annual Meeting participates are invited to participate in physical activities throughout the weekend to strengthen both body and mind.

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    Affiliate Spotlight: Texas Young Lawyers' "I Was the First"

    July 26, 2017 3:02 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Felicia M. Hamilton, Esq.*

    "Everything is bigger in Texas" is a statement we have often heard.  Of course, we have only heard that from Texans! However, the Texas Young Lawyers Association ("TYLA") have launched a BIG initiative this year, "I Was the First."

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    The State Bar of South Dakota’s Young Lawyer Section Charts a New Course with Project Destination Aimed at Recruiting Native American Students to Law

    July 19, 2017 11:21 AM by Tracey Moore

    By: Randall L. Tatem*

    South Dakota is rich in Native American culture, tradition, and history, and is home to nine federally recognized tribes collectively known as The Great Sioux Nation or Oceti Sakowin (Och-et-ee Shak-oh-win). According to the 2010 U.S. Census, South Dakota is home to 814,180 residents. While Native Americans are the largest minority group, comprising approximately 9% of the total population, they are grossly underrepresented in the South Dakota legal community.

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    ABA YLD Wm. Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

    July 12, 2017 6:06 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Peggy Liu*

    About the Award

    The William Reece Smith Jr. National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (NOYLA), named in honor of Smith who chaired the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) in 1960-1961, recognizes an ABA young lawyer in good standing during the specific bar year of the Award and at the time of their nomination. The members of the NOYLA Board will select as awardee an ABA young lawyer who exhibits the following four qualities:

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    Meet Your YLD Officer Series – Treasurer Mark D. Nichols

    June 12, 2017 4:27 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Shane T. Devins*


    YLD Treasurer Mark Nichols was born and raised in Venice, Florida, and graduated Venice High School in 2002. Much like his father, Nichols was born to be a Florida Gator. As a proud double alum of the University of Florida, Nichols graduated undergrad in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration (emphasis in Finance), then graduated law school in 2008.

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    The Michigan Bar Young Lawyers Section Hosts 4th Annual Diversity Mock Trial Competition

    June 12, 2017 10:42 AM by Tracey Moore

    By: Emily Logan Stedman*

    In 2013, the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section ("SBM YLS"), an ABA YLD Affiliate, sought to "establish[] a pipeline through community outreach and mentoring" in order to "support and foster the aspirations of diverse students" in the Detroit area. "SBM Young Lawyers Section Starts Program to Improve Diversity in the Legal Profession," Michigan Bar Journal (May 2014), available here. With that goal in mind, the SBM YLS developed its Annual Diversity Mock Trial Competition.

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    2017 ABA YLD Spring Conference Wrap-Up – Montréal, Quebec, Canada

    May 25, 2017 9:59 AM by Peggy Liu

    By: Peggy Liu*

    Bonjour! Over 200 young attorneys descended upon beautiful Montréal, Québec, Canada to attend the Spring Conference of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), which took place May 4-6, 2017. This conference marked the 10th Anniversary since the YLD last came to Montréal. Additionally, this conference was held jointly with the Young Bar of Montréal (YBM), which offered attendees the opportunity to network and learn from their colleagues across the border. Moreover, the Conference was well-attended by the YLD’s European colleagues and many young lawyer affiliate leaders from across the globe.

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    Meet Your YLD Officer Series – Secretary Tommy D. Preston, Jr.

    May 4, 2017 11:44 AM by Shane T. Devins

    By Shane T. Devins*


    Tommy D. Preston, Jr. graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science and History from the University of South Carolina, and eventually earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. As an undergraduate student, he was a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, and served as Student Body President at USC.

    Current Position

    Preston is employed by the Boeing Company where he serves as the Director of National Strategy and Engagement and Government Operations for Boeing South Carolina. Boeing is the largest aerospace company in the world and one of the leading employers in our South Carolina. Preston focuses on regulatory, public policy, grassroots strategy, and community engagement.

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    Engage with ABA YLD Colleagues from Across the Globe!

    May 2, 2017 11:31 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Aaron P. Sohaski*

    For most lawyers, the practice of law often reaches outside a local, statewide, or even national focus. In this globalized nation, we constantly learn how connected we are with our international counterparts on a daily basis. Luckily, the ABA can help you grow your global connections through your involvement in the Young Lawyers Division. 

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    2017 ABA YLD Spring Conference Preview – Montreal Quebec, Canada

    May 1, 2017 9:27 AM by Emily Logan Stedman

    By: Emily Logan Stedman*

    ABA YLD members from the United States, Canada, and across the globe are preparing for the 2017 ABA YLD Spring Conference in Montreal Quebec, Canada, May 4-6, 2017 #YLDSpring17. 

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    YLD Scholar Spotlight: YLD Leader and DC Civil Rights Lawyer Candyce Phoenix

    April 12, 2017 2:53 PM by Kyle Harris

    By: Franklin Graves*


    Candyce Phoenix knew she wanted to be a lawyer from a young age. Growing up, she attended a predominantly black public elementary school in Washington, D.C., but then in 4th grade, transferred to a predominantly white, upper- and middle-class private school. “I struggled for a long time with the differences between those two environments,” says Phoenix. “Why did students that went to my elementary school not have the same opportunities as the students who went to my middle and high schools?”

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    Committee Spotlight: Minorities in the Profession Committee

    April 10, 2017 11:56 AM by Peggy Liu

    By: Peggy Liu*

    The Minorities in the Profession Committee (MIPC) of the ABA YLD is dedicated to securing full and equal access to the ABA, the legal profession, and the justice system for young minority lawyers. In particular, MIPC addresses important issues affecting minority lawyers from around the country who are either under the age of 36 or who have been in practice five years or less.

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    What Do Lawyers Do? Diversity Outreach Program to be Implemented Nationwide

    April 3, 2017 3:04 PM by Kyle Harris

    By: Kerry A. Nicholson*

    The American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division is implementing a diversity outreach program at higher education institutions nationwide. The program, entitled “What Do Lawyers Do?” (“WDLD”), is a diversity pipeline initiative specifically designed to target minority students interested in attending law school. The ABA YLD adapted the program from one developed by the Texas Young Lawyers Association during Past YLD Chair Lacy Durham’s administration. WDLD seeks to engage students at two or four-year historically black college and universities (“HBCU”) [i], Hispanic-serving institutions[ii], and institutions with a high population of minority students.

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    Engage your inner leader – become an YLD Scholar!

    March 27, 2017 9:48 AM by Aaron P. Sohaski

    By: Aaron P. Sohaski

    The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) offers a host of leadership opportunities for the young lawyer. Whether you have been in practice for several years or are a freshly-minted lawyer, the YLD has growth opportunities that will pique your interest. 

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    ABA Day 2017: Advocacy on Display

    March 20, 2017 3:33 PM by Franklin Graves*

    By:  Franklin Graves*

    Are you ready to get your lobbying on? Mark your calendars for April 25 - 27 to take part in the annual ABA Day event in Washington, D.C.! ABA Day is where legal professionals come together on Capitol Hill from around the nation to raise awareness on issues of importance to the profession. It’s simple and easy to get involved!

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    Rosner and Rosner Award to be presented at the 43rd National Conference on Professional Responsibility

    March 13, 2017 11:07 AM by Kyle Harris

    by Raymond L. Panneton*

    Recognizing young lawyers dedicated to the professionalism of the practice of law, the ABA YLD Rosner and Rosner Award will be presented at the 43rd National Conference on Professional Responsibility in St. Louis, Missouri.

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    YLD Committee Spotlight: YLD GPSolo — Business First, Attorney Second.

    March 7, 2017 1:03 PM by Emily Logan Stedman

    By Emily Logan Stedman*

    The Young Lawyers Division Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Committee (YLD GPSolo), strives to enhance the ability of the small firm and individual lawyer to build and maintain an effective and competitive practice in any field of specialization. This year, YLD GPSolo seeks to provide as much practical advice as possible to young lawyers who have their own firm, who work in small firms, or who have a general practice. 

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    ABA YLD Spring Conference to offer Leadership Training focusing on Member Benefits and Value

    February 27, 2017 2:59 PM by Chloe Woods

    by: Chloe Woods*

    One perception that Baby Boomers seem to hold of Millennials is an idea of them as extremely impatient. We want what we want now! We want to be rewarded for our talents and move up within our organizations immediately. Before we engage or commit 100% we often want to know that this activity or organization has value, adds value, and is a productive use of our time. I have watched many people experience burn out after diving head first into organizations. 

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    Nominations for ABA YLD’s “On The Rise-Top 40 Young Lawyers Award” Due March 1

    February 15, 2017 8:38 AM by Shane T. Devins

    By: Shane T. Devins*

     The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s annual On The Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers Award recognizes young lawyers “who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, leadership, and legal and community service.” Nomination submissions for 2017 honorees are now open and must be received by 11:59 PM ET on March 1, 2017.

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    ABA YLD Midyear 2017 Delivered Impactful Programming and a Successful Assembly

    February 21, 2017 2:40 PM by Kyle Harris

    By: Raymond L. Panneton

    As advertised, ABA YLD Midyear 2017 in Miami was jammed packed with programing, networking, and plenty of fun in the Florida sun!

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    What the Affiliates Want: Affiliate Leadership Survey

    July 7, 2016 12:13 PM by Kyle Harris
    Complete affiliate survey

    By: Ravay Smith*

    The ABA YLD is the Home for Young Lawyers, and the Division prides itself on providing relevant and accessible programming, content, and resources for Affiliates across the nation. In order to continue to provide quality and effective programming, the YLD needs your help.

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    The South Asian Bar Association of North America Seeks ABA YLD Affiliate Status

    July 18, 2016 2:59 PM by Kyle Harris

    By Ravay Smith*

    The South Asian Bar Association of North America (“SABA”) is an international organization serving the legal community. This August, at the ABA Annual Conference, they are presenting a resolution to the YLD assembly seeking affiliate status in the ABA YLD. 

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    Meet Your YLD Officers Series – Chair-Elect Dana Hrelic

    November 30, 2016 10:37 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Shane T. Devins*


    I went to the University of Connecticut School of Law, here in Hartford, Connecticut, and graduated in 2008. There, I was vice president of the Women’s Law Student Association and Managing Editor of the Connecticut Law Review. For undergrad, I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Just so it’s clear, I know I went to UConn for law school, but I consider myself a Tar Heel. (Go Heels!)

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    Committee Spotlight: Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Committee

    February 6, 2017 10:51 AM by Kyle Harris

    by: Peggy Liu*

    The ABA YLD Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Committee provides young lawyers with valuable opportunities for networking and professional development, including the In-Person Meetup at the 2017 ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, Florida as well as publishing articles in its newsletter and 101 Practice Series. 

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    Bienvenidos a Miami – ABA YLD Takes Over Miami for Midyear 2017

    January 26, 2017 1:00 PM by Kyle Harris

    Raymond L. Panneton*

    From Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5, the ABA YLD is taking over Miami for the 2017 Midyear Meeting. As with all YLD Meetings, Midyear 2017 promises impactful programing, second-to-none networking opportunities, and yes, even a little fun in the Miami sun. All YLD events take place at the Hilton Miami Downtown (unless otherwise noted).

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    Breakfast with a Purpose: Eliminating Racial Bias from the U.S. Criminal Justice System

    January 24, 2017 3:21 PM by Kyle Harris

    By:  Franklin Graves*

    At this year’s Midyear Meeting in Miami, FL, the Diversity Dialogue Breakfast hosts a panel and roundtable discussion focused on decreasing racial bias from the U.S. criminal justice system. The annual breakfast event presents an opportunity to discuss relevant topics, ranging from diversity in mentoring to gender gaps in the workplace, which lawyers may encounter on a daily basis in the legal profession.

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    Affiliate Spotlight: Disability Rights Committee A Voice for the Disabled within the Legal Profession

    January 18, 2017 10:51 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Aaron P. Sohaski

    The Disability Rights Committee is the latest ABA Young Lawyers Division committee and is rapidly becoming a forum where attorneys with disabilities can have frank and candid discussions about attorneys with disabilities and their role and impact on the profession.

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    Understanding Assembly: An ABA YLD Roadmap for the Prospective Delegate

    January 11, 2017 8:45 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Aaron P. Sohaski 

    The ABA YLD Assembly is the policy-making body of the ABA YLD. At both the Midyear Meeting and Annual Meeting, delegates from across the United States convene to discuss policy issues facing young attorneys. These issues formulate as resolutions, which are presented at Assembly, either on the consent calendar or the debate calendar. Items on the debate calendar are debated and voted on by delegates. Therefore, by taking the opportunity to serve as a delegate, you can make your voice heard and take an active role in shaping the policy of the division. The next Assembly will convene from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, FL. 

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    “Be a Fan . . . and So Much More.”

    December 22, 2016 12:18 PM by Kyle Harris

    By  Emily B. McMillan*

    “Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines brave as “having or showing courage.” However, as simple as it is to define brave, what does the image of bravery look like to the everyday person? To replace the word “brave” in the Oath with its definition is to say “Let me win; but if I cannot win, let me have or show courage in the attempt.” At the heart of the Special Olympics organization are athletes, made up of different ages, races, and genders, but all of whom embody the image of what being brave truly means. The Special Olympics Organization is an organization committed to providing athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunities to train and compete in an environment that not only promotes physical fitness, but at the same time, allows the athletes to develop the life skills, training, and friendships to empower them both on and off the field. 

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    What Is the Affiliate Assistance Team and How Can We Help You?

    December 20, 2016 12:56 PM by Kyle Harris

    by Dayan M. Hochman, Esq.*

    We know that you’ve been wondering; we know that you’ve always thought about it, but just never had the time to ask — What is the Affiliate Assistance Team (AAT)? Well, the AAT is a special group of people put together by the YLD to assist affiliates and affiliate leaders.  The assistance may be general or specialized, and is designed to help affiliate leaders with any issue that might arise with their affiliated bar as the bar year progresses.

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    ABA YLD Committees Enhance Law Practices and Grow Networks

    November 23, 2016 1:00 PM by Kyle Harris

    By:  Ashley Hollan Couch & Jeremy M. Evans*

    Young lawyers are enhancing their law practices by joining American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Committees.  The YLD, which boasts over 130,000 members, serves as a platform for Committees organized around substantive practice areas or shared interests, and publishes hundreds of newsletters and articles ranging from basic practice tips for new lawyers to higher level articles for more seasoned young practitioners.  

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    When Disaster Strikes, Can You Lend a Helping Hand?

    November 15, 2016 9:09 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Peggy Liu*

    Did you know that flooding is the second most deadly weather-related event in the United States after extreme heat? 

    The recent 1-in-1000 year rainfall event that occurred across central and southern West Virginia during the third week of June 2016 came to mind. In some areas of the state, the historic floods were the worst in a century. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared states of emergencies for 44 counties. In addition, President Obama declared the West Virginia flooding a major disaster. 

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    ABA YLD Fall Conference Full of Current Hot Topic CLEs and Professional Skill Development

    November 8, 2016 4:13 PM by Kyle Harris

    by Grace Aviles*

    On October 20th, 2016, engines were not the only thing revving up in Motor City as approximately 286 young lawyers from around the country gathered in Detroit for the 2016 Fall Conference. Approximately 50 first time conference attendees benefitted from the First Time Attendee Orientation and speed networking event. This event was designed to foster the connections and collaboration between new and existing YLD members. 

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    ABA President Linda Klein Invites Lawyers to Make a Difference: Encourage Voting and Provide Pro Bono Legal Assistance to Veterans

    November 2, 2016 12:32 PM by Kyle Harris

    By: Peggy Liu

    As this election season kicks into high gear, voters are getting ready to elect the next commander-in-chief of the United States. As citizens, we are reminded that we are blessed to be a part of this great nation – a nation where our men and women in uniform have dedicated themselves in preserving our freedoms in the rule of law. As lawyers, we are reminded that we are members of a noble profession who are called to promote justice and the rule of law in our communities.

    As a follow-up to her remarks to the ABA House of Delegates in August 2016, ABA President Linda Klein puts a spotlight on both voting and veterans. Specifically, President Klein invites lawyers to participate in two important initiatives: encourage voting and provide pro bono legal assistance for veterans. 

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    Committee Spotlight: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee

    October 31, 2016 12:52 PM by Kyle Harris

    By: Emily Logan Stedman*

    With over 130,000 members, the ABA YLD, has a legacy of endorsing diversity and inclusion. In the Spring of 2000, the ABA YLD adopted a Diversity Plan, encapsulating Goal III which stated, “To create full and equal participation in the profession by minorities, women and persons with disabilities.” 

    To further these efforts, past ABA YLD Chair Mario Sullivan created the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee (“SOGI”). SOGI fosters community, inclusion, and conversation for all LGBTQ attorneys, legal professionals, law students, and allies. The Committee promotes attentiveness to legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community, highlights issues facing young LGBTQ attorneys, and strategizes initiatives to advance LGBTQ rights. 

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    ABA YLD Fall Conference Offers Programming, Scenery, and Unforgettable Experiences

    October 19, 2016 3:05 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Raymond L. Panneton*

    If you are looking for a scenic getaway with beautiful lakes, fall-touched trees, gorgeous weather coupled with impactful programing and networking opportunities abound, then look no further than Detroit, Michigan! The 2016 YLD Fall Conference takes place October 20 – 22 in the Motor City, and will offer CLE credit, career skills development, and YLD’s second-to-none networking events.

    On Thursday, October 20, the conference hits the ground running with a networking program and lunch hosted at the Offices of Miller Canfield. The day continues with CLE events, including the Anatomy of a Solo/Small Firm: Flying Solo, DIY Marketing & Getting Experience. The first-timer orientation will take place from 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Italian Garden Room, 4th Floor. Immediately following orientation, all conference attendees should join the YLD’s first speed networking event designed to give participants the opportunity to meet 10 –12 other conference attendees on the first day of the conference. Thursday is capped off with a Welcome Reception at the Punch Bowl Social on Broadway Street.

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    The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Tackles Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

    September 26, 2016 11:28 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Shane Devins*

    The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, an ABA YLD Affiliate, conducted a survey of its female members in 2015, and 43% of respondents reported experiencing gender bias during their careers. The reports were attributable to a variety of sources including opposing counsel, employers, and courts. Twenty seven percent of respondents reported resigning from an employer due to lack of advancement, lack of work/life balance, gender bias, or employer sensitivity. Even more shocking were the comments by some of the respondents that provided examples of gender bias. These comments included an employer stating he “should have never hired a woman” and making the suggestion that a female attorney is akin to a paralegal or an assistant.

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    ABA Center for Innovation Launches with Fresh Opportunities for Young Lawyers

    September 20, 2016 11:00 AM by Kyle Harris


    By: Ravay Smith*

    The ABA and the Commission on the Future of Legal Services (The Commission) is bridging the gap between technology and the lack of accessibility to legal services with the creation of the ABA Center for Innovation.

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    YLD Annual Meeting Events Preview

    July 27, 2016 9:00 AM by Kyle Harris

    By Aastha Madaan*

    The American Bar Association’s Annual Conference in San Francisco California starts on August 4, 2016. For the ABA Young Lawyers Division, this means three days of networking, socializing, and more importantly, taking care of business!

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    Looking for a Great Project Idea? Find them at the Affiliate Project Database!

    June 3, 2016 9:08 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Ravay Smith*

    Interested in implementing new projects or initiatives in your area? Look no further than the Affiliate Project Database.

    With just one click of your mouse, the Affiliate Project Database provides state and local affiliate groups with a wealth of information and resources for new projects and initiatives. The database catalogs past service projects in three general categories: 1) membership/networking, 2) diversity and 3) education programs. The database is a valuable resource for state and local affiliate groups, providing technical and functional guidance on project management. The database also provides creative ideas to address some of our communities most pressing issues. 

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    YLD Scholar Spotlight: Georgia’s Dynamo Daiquiri Steele Prepares to Take the Reins as Diversity Director

    May 31, 2016 4:06 PM by Kyle Harris

    Daiquiri Steele

    By: Michael Liptrot*

    Every bar year, the ABA YLD selects 25 of the best and brightest young lawyers from around the county to encourage the participation of minority, solo/small firm, government, private sector, and military service attorneys in the YLD. Scholars receive partial funding to attend three ABA conferences throughout the bar year. They also actively participate on a YLD board or team, produce written pieces, such as articles or proposed resolutions, engage in mentoring, and assist on various projects. Georgia standout Daiquiri Steele is one such Scholar this bar year, and she has had such an admirable year that she was recently asked to serve as a member of senior leadership in YLD Chair-Elect Anna Romanskaya’s Cabinet next year.

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    A Conversation with United States Army Captain Jerica Morris-Frazier

    May 27, 2016 11:15 AM by Kyle Harris

    Jerica Morris-Frazier

    Legal Education:
    J.D.- University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law; LL.M.- National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations, George Washington University Law School


    Current Job:
    Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Cyber Command


    What She Does:
    Primarily, international agreements, some intel law, and strategic plans and policies (assisting with the planning, language, concept development, legal strategy, and legal reviews for the long-term duration of the plans process).  Also the element legal advisor for U.S. Army personnel assigned to CYBERCOM.

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    A Conversation with United States Army Captain Felix Martinez

    May 27, 2016 11:06 AM by Kyle Harris

    Felix Martinez

    Legal Education:
    J.D., Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law

    Current Job:
    Human Rights and International Law Instructor and Writer, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, GA

    What He Does:
    We teach Army officers and our partner nations from Columbia, Brazil, El Salvador, and other nations across North and South America, on a variety of topics.  We teach them to share experiences across nations and discuss the role international relations has in military operations.  I liked this area of law before, but now I love it, facilitating the learning process and seeing people who are often very experienced in the military learning an entirely new skill set they can apply in their respective countries.

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    Conversation with YLD Chair-Elect Regarding the Ms. JD Organization’s Women in Law Conference

    May 26, 2016 4:43 PM by Kyle Harris

    Anna Romanskaya

    By: Raymond L. Panneton*

    The Affiliate had the opportunity to sit down with current YLD Chair Elect, Anna Romanskaya about her recent trip to New York University to participate in Ms. JD’s 8th Annual Woman in Law Conference.  It was at this conference that YLD member and YLD Scholar Raychelle Tasher was promoted to president of the Ms. JD organization. 

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    A Conversation with United States Air Force Major Simone Davis

    May 25, 2016 9:00 AM by Kyle Harris

    Simone Davis

    Legal Education:
    J.D. - The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law; LL.M. - Air and Space Law, McGill University, Montreal, QC

    Current Job:
    Chief, Air and Space Operations Law Branch, NORAD-USNORTHCOM, Peterson AFB, CO

    What She Does:
    I mostly work on the NORAD side.  NORAD’s primary mission is supporting Operation NOBLE EAGLE, the aerospace homeland defense mission we run along with Canada. I work with the FAA, TSA, and numerous other agencies patrolling North America and the air traffic in the skies above it. For our pilots, that could mean scrambling jets to check out an aircraft that has gone off radar or engaging in tactical maneuvers to get aircraft to comply.  A large part of this is civilian aircraft, but we also do things like tracking missile launches worldwide to assess their potential impact on North America, or monitoring Russian jets that fly on the perimeter of the continent.

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    A Conversation with United States Marine Corps Captain Patrick Martin

    May 25, 2016 9:21 AM by Kyle Harris

    How to Out-Market the Other Lawyers

    Legal Education:
    J.D.- University of Kentucky College of Law;  LL.M.- Military Law, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (U.S. Army), Charlottesville, VA

    Current Job:
    Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Camp Lejeune, NC

    What He Does:
    As the deputy, my primary responsibility is managing administrative law—non-judicial punishment, administrative separations, working with commanders on the disposition of criminal allegations, investigations, etc.  On the operational side, I help evaluate every package for off-installation, realistic military training, reviewing and analyzing it to ensure it is within DoD orders and looking for the level of exposure to the Marine Corps in the sense of that it might impact the local community. 

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    YLD Scholar Spotlight: Rising Star Raychelle Tasher Shares her ABA Story

    May 24, 2016 4:52 PM by Kyle Harris

    By: Raymond L. Panneton*

    “I knew the ABA was where I wanted to be,” recalls Raychelle Tasher.  “I was a leader in my law school, and I wanted to take my talents and passion to the next level when I passed the bar,” Tasher continues.  Tasher take her talents and passion to the ABA, she took the ABA by storm.

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    A Conversation with United States Marine Corps Captain Mehrdad Barikbin

    May 23, 2016 2:26 PM by Kyle Harris

    How to Out-Market the Other LawyersLegal Education:
    J.D. - Widener University School of Law

    Current Job:
    Warfighting Instructor, The Basic School, Camp Barrett, Quantico, VA

    What He Does:
    Entry level training for newly commissioned Marine lieutenants.  I previously spent several months as a platoon commander, directly responsible for getting about 40 new Marines through their training.  Now I’m more focused on combat lifesaving training, teaching treatment and evacuation of casualties, how to rescue under fire, and calling in air support.  It often varies; yesterday I was at a live fire range teaching a class on conducting coordinated attacks, trainings that segue into discussions on leadership, ethics, and teamwork.  Every day offers a different opportunity to get these guys from start to finish in their training.

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    A Conversation with United States Air Force Major Owen Bishop

    May 23, 2016 2:53 PM by Kyle Harris

    How to Out-Market the Other LawyersLegal Education:
    J.D. - University of Denver Sturm College of Law;  LL.M. - International and Operational Law, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (U.S. Army), Charlottesville, VA

    Current Job:
    Exchange Officer, Directorate of Operations and Security Law, Defense Legal Division, Australian Department of Defense, Canberra, Australia

    What He Does:
    As the Exchange Officer, I’m not just working with the ADF, I’m fully embedded; I work side-by-side with foreign officers at the strategic level and get insight into how they operate.  That might mean advising on a coalition operation, helping prepare joint doctrine between our nations, or working on any other project given to me by the Australian leadership.

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    Affiliate Spotlight: National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

    May 16, 2016 11:49 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Raymond L. Panneton


    Representing over 50,000 attorneys the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) has been representing the interest of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students for over 27 years.  Although as young lawyers, the ABA YLD is our professional home, oftentimes we find ourselves craving the opportunity to connect, on a deeper level, with those other lawyers who share our cultural heritage.  This is the need that NAPABA fills.  With over 75 national, state, and local bar associations, it is likely there is a NAPABA affiliate close to you!

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    FlaBar Young Lawyers Division’s New Website Guides You through Starting Your Own Law Firm in the Sunshine State and Beyond

    April 18, 2016 11:33 AM by Kyle Harris

    By Jason S. Lambert*

    In April, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division launched a new website, “How to Start Your Own Law Firm,” with a fitting URL—www.startmyfloridalawfirm.com. The goal of the Florida YLD in launching the site was to assemble the difficult to find and often fragmented resources for would-be solo practitioners.

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    ABA YLD unveils new Liaison Lounge, Creating a Centralized Resource for Member Involvement Opportunities

    May 2, 2016 11:31 AM by Kyle Harris
    Liaison Lounge

    By: Raymond L. Panneton

    As an ABA member, and especially a YLD member, you are well aware that your membership comes with perks.  Specifically, as an ABA member, you have the opportunity to lead, get published, participate in a fellowship program, receive scholarships, and nominate colleagues for awards.  Given the multitude the opportunities, the ABA YLD has created the Liaison Lounge.

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    YLD Regional Summits Inform and Inspire Affiliate Members

    April 18, 2016 11:37 AM by Kyle Harris

    By: Ryan Dreveskracht*

    YLD Affiliates wishing to expand their footprint, mingle with bar leaders in their area, and exchange programming ideas can do so by attending or hosting a Regional Summit.

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    2016 Spring Conference Preview

    March 15, 2016 9:49 AM by Kyle Harris
    2016 YLD Spring Conference Preview

    By: Ravay Smith*

    Young lawyers from across the nation are gearing up to attend the 2016 ABA YLD Spring Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, May 5-7, 2016! 

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    ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Provides Leadership Opportunities to Young Lawyers

    March 14, 2016 6:17 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Ray Panneton*

    As a young lawyer, many of us feel the desire to blaze our own trail and become leaders in our career and communities. Despite this strong desire, it is often difficult to find an outlet for this passion. The Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”) within the ABA could be the professional outlet you have been looking for.

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    ABA YLD and ABA Journal Team Up to Explore Introvert Power

    February 24, 2016 3:16 PM by Tracey Moore

    By Jason S. Lambert*

    In February 2016, the ABA YLD and ABA Journal produced their first joint webinar focusing on the important role introversion and introverts play in the legal profession. The webinar, titled “Introvert Power,” is a recording of an excellent panel discussion on the topic, moderated by Leslie Gordon, with panelists David Zweig, Eva Wisnik, and Larry Richard.

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    Get Social - #ABAYLD

    February 19, 2016 11:39 AM by Tracey Moore

    By: Rachel Smith*

    Whether you are a fan of Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, the ABA YLD has harnessed these social media platforms to provide relevant and timely content for YLD Members and Affiliate organizations.

    The ABA Young Lawyer Division’s social media is a great source for Division news and information. For example, if you were unable to attend the ABA Midyear in San Diego, the Division’s social media pages provided updates and information about CLE presentations, resolutions before the assembly and House of Delegates, as well as other happenings by using the hashtag #YLDmidyear16. Not only was the Division using this hashtag, conference attendees were also encouraged to utilize this hashtag. Many of the posts made by members using this hashtag were then shared through the Division’s social media platforms. By utilizing an official hashtag, members can search and get real-time information on the professional and social happenings during conferences and meetings.

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    Affiliate Spotlight - National Bar Association

    February 8, 2016 11:08 AM by Tracey Moore

    By Michael E. Liptrot*

    The National Bar Association (“NBA”), established in 1925, is the oldest and largest association of African-American attorneys and judges in the United States. The NBA Young Lawyers Division, which is open to NBA members who are younger than 40 or have been admitted to practice less than 10 years, is chaired by Leigh Chapman, who is currently employed as Director of Policy for the Pennsylvania Department of State.

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    Texas Young Lawyer Association Creates a Speed Mentoring Event for Women Law Students

    March 14, 2016 5:39 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Shaprecia Bryson*

    Women in the legal profession often find themselves underrepresented and overlooked when it comes to professional development. ABA YLD Affiliate, the Texas Young Lawyers Association (“TYLA”) is looking to change this trend with the development of the Speed Mentoring Event for Women Law Students.

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    San Diego Midyear Meeting Promises Substantive Programming, Impactful Networking

    January 25, 2016 11:06 AM by Tracey Moore

    By Ray Panneton*

    Your professional calendar is full of depositions, hearings, and appointments. Also included should be the ABA Midyear Meeting in beautiful San Diego, California. From February 4 through the 7th, the American Bar Association, and her members from all corners of the globe, will descend upon San Diego for informative and engaging programing, substantive networking, and, of course, a bit of fun in the California sun.

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    ABA Member Benefits Begin in Law School

    February 19, 2016 1:57 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Ray Panneton*

    In an economic climate where every penny spent must add benefit to a lawyer or firm, an ABA membership is no exception to this scrutiny. In an effort to always be adapting and responding to the needs of lawyers, the ABA has focused their efforts on providing real, tangible benefits to members. This push for increased member benefits has also caused a renaissance of the Law Student Division of the ABA, all starting with free membership.

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    Law Day Contest Seeks Artists to Explore Civil Rights Theme

    February 8, 2016 11:36 AM by Tracey Moore

    By Ryan Dreveskracht*

    You have the right to remain silent, but if you are a student artist interested in exploring civil rights, we want to hear from you! The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is hosting a Law Day Art Contest where students have the chance to make an impactful statement about constitutional justice.

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    Young Lawyers Division an ABA Leader in Diversity and Inclusion

    December 11, 2015 2:15 PM by Tracey Moore

    By Daiquiri J. Steele - Reprinted from The Innovator

    When it comes to diversity and inclusion, one of the most dynamic entities in the ABA is the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Achievement of such a distinction is not without effort. With the support of Walmart, the premier sponsor for the YLD’s diversity programs, the YLD implements many diversity initiatives in its quest to continually increase diversity and inclusion both in the Division and in the profession.

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    Affiliate Spotlight: Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers Making the Legal Profession Proud

    October 22, 2015 4:06 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Aastha Madaan*

    The ABA YLD has over 300 Affiliates. ABA YLD Affiliates organize community events, professional development and networking opportunities, and pro bono clinics. One Affiliate, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers (“BHBA Barristers”) based out of Los Angeles, California, has done commendable work to serve not only the legal community, but the local community as well. Under the outstanding leadership of President Doron Eghbali and the group of leaders comprised of the Board of Governors, BHBA Barristers organizes an average of twelve events per month. BHBA Barristers have found the coveted “work-life balance,” and their success is a testament to it. Members serve, learn, contribute, celebrate, network, and have fun together! BHBA Barristers take inspiration from—and set an example for—our Affiliates with its creative and meaningful events, some of which are detailed below.

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    Members Service Project Rollouts: This Year’s Projects Will Keep Both You and Your Practice in Great Shape

    October 22, 2015 4:05 PM by Tracey Moore

    By: Rachel Smith*

    This year the ABA YLD’s Member Services Project Team has two major projects coming out. The first member services project to launch is the #Fit2Practice project. This year’s #Fit2Practiceservice project continues from last year’s program; however, this year the focus is on mental health. The second member services project is the Young Lawyer Toolkit, which will be launching in February 2016 at the ABA Midyear Meeting. We spoke with the folks on the Member Services Project Team get some insight into what we can anticipate this year.

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