Preparing for the ABA YLD Midyear Meeting Assembly
By Deborah A. Smith and Chauntis T. Jenkins
Deborah A. Smith is the 2007–2008 ABA YLD Assembly Speaker and Senior Counsel with Gordon & Rees, LLP in San Francisco, California. Chauntis T. Jenkins is the current ABA YLD Assembly Clerk for the 2007–2008 year and a Partner at Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson in New Orleans, Louisiana.
If you are reading this article, hopefully you have already registered and are planning to attend the ABA YLD Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles from February 7 to 9, 2008, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. If you have not registered yet, we encourage you to attend, and you will be able to register for the meeting on-site. We do not want you to miss out on what will be a fabulous meeting.
The ABA YLD’s first Assembly of the 2007–2008 bar year will take place at the Midyear Meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2008, from 9:00 a.m. sharp until noon. If you are attending, please arrive promptly and dress in business attire. Also, please remember to arrive early enough to pick up your registration materials, your name badge, and to get certified before Assembly begins. Certification will be open Thursday, February 7, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.; Friday, February 8, from 8:30 a.m. until noon; and Saturday, February 9, from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.
During Assembly, ABA YLD members will debate resolutions put forth by ABA YLD committees, “big” ABA committees or commissions, or by other affiliated entities. Each resolution will propose either a new policy, a change in policy, or reaffirm an existing ABA policy that has not been approved within the last ten years. Resolutions are required to contain several types of information, including the reasons for making the “recommendation,” citations to any relevant supporting or opposing authority, if known, and other applicable historical information.
Assembly debate is conducted according to the rules of parliamentary procedure. We encourage you to speak if you have opinions on a resolution being debated. If you wish to speak in favor of a resolution, you can come to the front of the room and sit directly in front of the microphone labeled “pro.” If you wish to speak in opposition to a resolution, you can sit in front of the microphone labeled “con” during the debate on the resolution. The Assembly Speaker will acknowledge you when it is your turn to speak.
In addition to debating resolutions, ABA YLD members attending Assembly at the Midyear Meeting can look forward to being part of the first-ever presentation of the ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award to Sean Reyes of Salt Lake City, Utah. You will not want to miss hearing about Mr. Reyes’ many accomplishments and congratulating him—as well as the other award finalists—on this honor! Attendees will also hear from distinguished ABA leaders from various sections and divisions regarding their goals and plans for the current bar year and beyond.
The ABA YLD’s Assembly agenda, the full text of the resolutions to be debated, and the ABA YLD Assembly consent calendar are available for your review at Please remember to print and bring a copy of the resolutions to the meeting as copies will not be available at Assembly. You will need your ABA YLD Midyear Meeting name badge and delegate ribbon to vote during Assembly. For a quick reference on how Assembly will be conducted, it may also be helpful to print out the On Site Check-In Flow Chart available at before arriving.
The Assembly Clerk and the Credentials Team will be available to assist attendees at the Delegate Certification table located on the Lobby Level of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Please remember to visit to view new information about Assembly as it becomes available. We look forward to seeing you there!!