California Dreamin’: Fall Conference Awaits You in San Diego!
By Melissa Dewey Brumback
Melissa Dewey Brumback is an associate editor of The Affiliate and practices with the Raleigh, North Carolina, firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC.
Make plans now to attend the Fall Conference of the ABA Young Lawyers Division in sunny San Diego, California. The event, which will be held October 2-4, 2008, will feature opportunities to participate in young lawyer idea exchanges, chances to expand your network, and opportunities to sharpen your legal skills. All this—plus a chance to experience one of the nation’s most vibrant and active cities, engage in shopping sprees and sun worship, see giant pandas, and even visit Mexico!
Outstanding CLE and Professional Development Programming
As usual, the Fall Conference will feature a wide variety of courses to help you meet your annual CLE requirements and sharpen your legal skills. A featured CLE will be the “Supreme Court Update” by Erwin Chemerinsky. Professor Chemerinksy is a renowned constitutional scholar and founding Dean of the new University of California–Irvine School of Law and has argued extensively before the United States Supreme Court. In addition, following up on last year’s litigation focus, ABA YLD conferences will host an “Anatomy of an Appeal” series throughout the year that will walk participants through the steps of the appeal process. The Judicial Division will also host an ethics CLE entitled “Judging You: Your Etiquette Before a Judge, In and Out of Court.” The Conference’s Friday programming will include a special “Welcome to San Diego: Lunch with Local General Counsels” program and a session covering “The Basics of Business Entities.” Other programming is in the works but had not been confirmed as of press time.
One-on-One Counseling
The legal placement firm Young Mayden ( ) will host a mentoring presentation at the Conference, after which it will provide one-on-one career consultations to attendees. This will be a chance for participants to obtain top notch career advice for free! In addition, the Conference will once again sponsor individual financial planning for participants.
Leadership and Networking
The Conference will also highlight plenty of leadership and networking activities, including a YLD Dinner Dance on Friday evening aboard the USS Midway, a decommissioned aircraft carrier. The Dinner Dance will include tours of the ship by museum docents and a chance for participants to fly in flight simulators. For more information about the USS Midway, visit .
On Saturday, the Conference will focus on bar leadership programming, including an affiliate leader roundtable and presentations involving practical skills for bar leaders.
The Conference will also roll out the ABA YLD 2008–2009 Public Service Project, which will focus on awareness and prevention of domestic violence and teen dating violence. Check the Conference and YLD project ( ) websites for information as it develops.
Other networking events include a First Timer’s Program for new conference attendees, a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, and a Council Dinner meeting at the San Diego Zoo, complete with a twilight tour of the zoo.
Sightseeing in San Diego
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter ( ), located within the historic Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, is the official ABA YLD host hotel for the Conference. The historic Gaslamp Quarter ( ) consists of sixteen blocks of Victorian-era buildings and is home to more than 100 restaurants, thirty-five pubs and nightclubs, 100 retail shops, theaters, and art galleries. The Westin is also adjacent to Horton Plaza, a five-level, outdoor shopping mall.
Only two miles away, at Balboa Park ( ), you can visit over fifteen museums, several performance arts venues, and a wide variety of gardens. Prominent museums include the San Diego Natural History Museum ( ), the San Diego Air and Space Museum ( ), and the San Diego Model Railroad Museum ( ), touted as the world’s largest operating model railroad museum. Of course, the most famous Balboa Park attraction is the world-famous San Diego Zoo ( ), home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing over 800 species. The zoo also features the largest exhibit of Giant Pandas outside of China.
If you want to get back to nature, check out Mission Trails Regional Park ( ), just eight miles from downtown San Diego, which sprawls over 5,800 acres of hills and valleys and boasts forty miles of trails winding through oak groves, sage, and chaparral. If the beach is more your style, rest assured that you’re sure to find a beach to call your favorite among the seventy miles of beaches in San Diego. Coronado Beach was voted among the Top 10 Beaches in the world by the Travel Channel, and it is conveniently located just across the Bay Bridge from the hotel. You can check out several of the area’s beaches at .
You can arrange for tours to nearby beaches and attractions, or even across the border to Tijuana, Mexico, by visiting . With the San Diego Card ( ), you can get unlimited admission to more than fifty-five attractions and tours, including the San Diego Zoo.
For more tourist information, visit the San Diego Convention Bureau at .
Conference Registration
Don’t forget to register early for the Fall Conference or you will miss out on all of these opportunities—to register, visit . Early bird registration for Conference programs and social events ends September 3. The ABA YLD website will also feature up-to-date information as it becomes available, so bookmark the site and check back often. See you at the Zoo!