Around the Country
Compiled by Natalie Holder-Winfield
Natalie Holder-Winfield is an assistant editor of The Affiliate and is a diversity consultant for QUEST Educational Initiatives, a consulting firm that provides diversity and skills development training to law firms, bar associations, and law schools.
Networking and the Bar
On Wednesday, May 16, 2006, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section held a reception to celebrate its 60th Anniversary. As part of the festivities, a special video history of the YLS was shown. In addition, Richard Bowerman, the first chair of the CBA YLS (and former chair of the ABA YLD) spoke to the attendees about the formation of the CBA YLS.
On May 17, 2007, the Delaware County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section sponsored its annual “Judges’ Cocktail Party.” During the Cocktail Party, lawyers who practice in different areas of the law had the opportunity to socialize and interact with the judges and district justices of Delaware County. The party also served as an excellent opportunity to meet other attorneys and new members of the bar, and to network. This spring, the Delaware County YLS also invited its members to board a bus filled with refreshments and travel to Citizens Bank Park for an afternoon Phillies game.
On June 13, the Columbus Bar Association New Lawyers Committee held a summer happy hour for new lawyer members and summer associates. This annual summer party is held as a special thank you to the Committee’s dedicated new lawyer members and provides new lawyers with the opportunity to get to know other Committee members.
Successful Fundraising Events
On May 12, 2007, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division presented its second annual “Comedy Night” at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Ty Barnett, a stand-up comedian and finalist on NBC’s hit Last Comic Standing, headlined the event, and comedian and Philadelphia-native Chris Coccia opened for Ty Barnett and served as emcee for the night. The event featured comedy, dancing, an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. At the event, attendees came together to raise money for the Philadelphia Bar Foundation—the bar’s charitable arm, which supports legal agencies and assists the indigent, elderly, and disabled, as well as abused women and children. The Bar Foundation accomplishes its mission of promoting access to justice for all people in the community by providing grants and technical assistance in support of quality legal services, addressing unmet legal needs, and providing education on matters in the public interest.
The North Carolina Young Lawyers Division Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Committee held its annual “Art by Lawyers Silent Auction and Exhibition” at this year’s bar convention in June, with all proceeds benefiting Legal Aid of North Carolina. Contributions have included paintings, sculptures, photography, and wood and metalwork.
Professional Development
The New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section hosted a special networking and financial education workshop for young lawyers on May 23. The networking reception was held at the New York State Bar Association and was presented by Jordan Smith, an Albany Law graduate and financial adviser. Jordon covered six areas that are key to sound personal financial management for young lawyers: how to make your cash work harder, strategies to protect your family and your future, how to invest like the pros, what your tax return says about you, how to put a price tag on your retirement, and the ABCs of estate planning.
Attorney Seth P. Waxman, former Solicitor General under President Bill Clinton, was the featured speaker at the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section’s “Distinguished Speakers Series” on May 11. Waxman was introduced by State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal who praised Waxman for his fine legal acumen, his status as one of the nation’s premier appellate advocates, and his service as Solicitor General of the United States. A Hartford native, Waxman served as the 41st Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 to 2001. He is considered to be among the country’s premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates. He has delivered almost fifty oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court and has been named one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal and ranked among Washingtonian magazine’s “Top 30 Lawyers.” Governor M. Jodi Rell issued a proclamation recognizing Waxman for his achievements and dedication.
The Nebraska State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section sponsored and coordinated the “Solo/Small Firm Conference,” which was held on June 14–16 at Mahoney State Park in southeastern Nebraska.
Innovative CLE Programs
On May 17, 2007, the Pima County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division held a free CLE for PCBA young lawyer members, law students, and those awaiting bar results. The CLE was developed with new lawyers in mind and was called “Civil Recovery for Crime Victims.” The program discussed topics including civil remedies available against adult perpetrators of crimes, civil remedies available for criminal acts by a minor, who can bring a civil lawsuit related to criminal acts, and who to sue related to criminal acts.
Giving Back
The Cleveland Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section held a “Volunteer Day” on May 12 at which young lawyers worked with the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation to beautify Ohio neighborhoods. Activities included planting flowers and shrubs, removing graffiti, and conducting general cleanup. This summer, young lawyers from the Cleveland YLS will be giving back to the community by partnering with legal aid to provide citizens with free legal advice.
The Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia runs “Operation Crackdown,” in which lawyers are trained and then devote a portion of their time, free of charge, to help bring the menace of neighborhood drug trafficking to an end. To learn more about this program, visit
Kudos Corner
Congratulations to West Virginia State Bar Association Young Lawyer Christopher A. Davis who received the 2007 Young Lawyer of the Year award from the YLS’s Executive Committee. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Davis has spent most of his career dedicated to the practice of public law and to serving his community. He recently accepted an appointment to serve as the part-time executive director of the Harrison County Child Advocate Center and is a member of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network.
As part of its Law Day activities, the State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division teamed up with a newspaper publisher to produce a sixteen-page insert on “Separation of Powers,” with additional information regarding access to legal services and a piece from the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. That insert was placed in newspapers distributed in ten counties throughout mid-Wisconsin. On Law Day, young lawyers volunteered in schools to put on additional presentations.
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