Hometown Chicago: Opportunities on Tap During Annual Meeting
By Francine Bailey
Francine Bailey is an Assistant Editor of The Affiliate and an Associate in the Chicago, Illinois firm of Bellows & Bellows P.C.
The American Bar Association will hold its Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30–August 4. At the meeting, young lawyers will have the opportunity to earn CLE credits, network with other professionals, and learn about new and interesting developments in the law. As ABA YLD Assembly delegates, affiliate leaders also will have the opportunity to debate and vote on issues that are important to young lawyers. The three-day conference is sure to be full of exciting educational, professional, and social opportunities.
The Affiliate spoke with Seth Levy, ABA YLD Conference & Program Director and a partner in the Los Angeles, California, office of Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP. Levy told us that there is a lot of excitement about being in Chicago, the ABA’s hometown. “Being in Chicago is always a great time. We’re really looking forward to giving young lawyers an array of learning, social, and networking opportunities this year.”
Education and Information
During the meeting, the ABA YLD will sponsor four programs dedicated to educating and informing young lawyers. First, the ABA YLD will continue its “Anatomy of an Appeal” series with its third installment, “Review and Remand.” The series closes out with the “what now” aspect of appeals, addressing what lawyers should do once an appeal has been filed and argued. After a successful year of programs analyzing the anatomy of an appeal, the ABA YLD will kick off another series at the Annual Meeting. The next series is tentatively titled “The Anatomy of Business Law.” This series will give business and transactional attorneys the opportunity to learn about a breadth of subjects and break down the elements of a business transaction.
Two other programs hosted by the ABA YLD are geared toward the human element in the practice of law. The first is based on the popular theme “40 under 40.” In essence, the ABA YLD is hosting a roundtable discussion with young lawyers who have been accorded “Superlawyer,” “Rising Star,” or similar accolades. These lawyers will share with attendees how they came to be recognized as rising stars and give advice regarding how other young lawyers might achieve the same.
Finally, the ABA YLD will host a program focusing on diversity. The program is entitled “Removing Cultural Bias in a Diverse Society.” The program will focus on stereotypes and biases in the legal profession. Young lawyers will have the opportunity to discuss how stereotypes affect their practices, and what steps they can take to deal with these stereotypes.
Celebrating Seventy-five Years
This meeting also marks a special milestone for the Young Lawyers Division. The ABA YLD will celebrate seventy-five years of public service and education at the ABA YLD Fellows Gala. This black tie event will be held at the Field Museum.
As it does at each meeting, the ABA YLD is hosting a “Welcome Reception,” this time at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub. This is a great kickoff event for young lawyers to network, meet, and greet each other outside of the formal professional development and networking sessions. It is an opportunity to let loose and enjoy the company of other young lawyers.
Mentorship Project Continues
Besides the continuing legal education programming and social events, the ABA YLD will continue its work with StoryCorps ®. As part of its member service project, the ABA YLD is recording interviews, lasting from forty-five minutes to one hour, between two people. The pairs discuss the importance of mentorship in the legal profession. Recordings were completed at last year’s Annual Meeting in New York and at the Midyear Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts. During the Annual Meeting, another set of recordings will be completed.
In addition to the programs sponsored by the ABA YLD, the Annual Meeting will offer many programs hosted by the various sections of the American Bar Association. There will be a wealth of programs to choose from—certainly creating a situation in which a young lawyer might be faced with too much to do in too little time!
For more information about the ABA YLD Annual Meeting, visit www.abanet.org/yld/annual09 .