Young Bar Leaders Summit and “Wills for Heroes” Headline Charlotte Fall Conference
  By Scott D. Laufenberg
Scott D. Laufenberg is editor-in-chief of The Affiliate and practices with the firm of Kerrick, Stivers, Coyle & Van Zant, P.L.C. in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Charlotte , North Carolina, is known as the Queen City after being named for the wife of King George III of the United Kingdom or the “Hornet’s Nest” for its opposition to British occupation during the Revolutionary War. To young lawyers from across the United States and around the world, Charlotte will be the location of the 2007 ABA YLD Fall Conference from October 4–6, 2007.
The Fall Conference will be the first meeting under the leadership of Chair Justin Goldstein. As part of his plan for the year, the conference will be the first meeting of the “Year of the Summits.” This first one is entitled the “Young Bar Leader Summit” and is intended to bring affiliate leaders of state, local, and specialty young lawyers organizations together from across the country to network, share ideas, discuss challenges, and formulate action plans to address issues ranging from membership and organizational structure to project funding.
Besides the Young Bar Leader Summit, there will be many opportunities to attend continuing legal education and professional development programs. Over twelve top-notch CLE/Profes-sional Development programs are planned. In addition, there will be extensive networking opportunities.
During the Fall Conference, the ABA YLD will implement the 2007–08 Public Service Project “Wills for Heroes.” The project is designed to have young lawyers prepare simple wills and other documents for first responders, like firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians, on a pro bono basis. As part of this project, the ABA YLD is partnering with the Wills for Heroes Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded by Anthony C. Hayes of Columbia, South Carolina, and Jeffrey H. Jacobson of Tucson, Arizona. The purpose of the organization is to provide support, services, financial assistance, and supplies to eligible emergency first responders and their families. For more information about the Wills for Heroes Foundation, visit its website at
The Host Committee has selected unique venues for the conference’s social events. The main social event of the conference, planned for Friday night, promises to be a memorable one, not just for the opportunity to visit with old friends and meet new ones but for its location. It will be held at Speedway Club at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway, which hosts NASCAR’s Bank of America 500 and Coca-Cola 600.
If you have never attended an ABA YLD conference, do not pass up this opportunity to meet contemporaries from across the United States and around the world, and to see the sites and culture Charlotte has to offer. To register to attend or for more information about the conference, visit the Fall Conference webpage at For local information about things to do while in Charlotte, visit the website for Visit Charlotte, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, at