Meet Your YLD National Representatives
By Julia A. Bahner
Julia A. Bahner is an associate editor of The Affiliate and the ABA/ YLD district representative for Washington and Oregon. Ms. Bahner practices law in the Seattle area and can be reached
In addition to the thirty-two district representatives from across the United States, several of its territories, and the District of Columbia, covering the great states of the U.S.A, the YLD also has representatives from four prominent national bar associations. These individuals are Briana H. Zamora, the representative for the Hispanic National Bar Association; Jennifer Fisher, the representative for the National Bar Association; Carolyn L. Hann, the representative for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and Mario A. Sullivan, the representative for the National Lesbian & Gay Law Association. Each of these national affiliate organizations plays an integral role in the governance and operations of the YLD through its national representative, who is a voting member of the Division’s Council. The national representatives also serve on the Division’s Diversity Team and assist the YLD in facilitating its Diversity Plan. This article profiles the YLD’s four national affiliates and the national representative serving each organization.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA, ) was founded in 1988 and is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. It provides a national network for its members and affiliates. NAPABA advocates for the legal needs and interests of the APA community and represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and forty-seven local APA bar associations. Carolyn L. Hann is the NAP ABA YLD national representative, and she can be reached at Hann works for the Federal Trade Commission in the Consumer Protection Division as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division. She first became involved in the ABA YLD in 2005 when she was awarded a YLD Minorities in the Profession scholarship. She attended her first ABA YLD conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in fall 2005. This year, she was also appointed to the YLD Affiliate Assistance Team.
Hann’s involvement in NAPABA began in 2003 at the local level in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the community affairs committee as the liaison to community leaders and members. She also attended the NAPABA regional conference in Washington, D.C. Based on her involvement with NAPABA in Washington, Hann received encouragement from YLD leadership to apply for the national representative position. She then received the NAPABA recommendation to be its representative and was appointed in fall 2006. As a new district representative, she has been working on several projects, including working with the Diversity Team on revisions to the ABA YLD Diversity Plan. In addition, she is working with her fellow national representatives to clarify the representatives roles and responsibilities. They expect to issue a joint report at the YLD Spring Conference in Montréal, Québec. As far as NAPABA activities, Hann reported that NAPABA recently took its second trip to New Orleans to provide hurricane relief efforts.
National Gay and Lesbian Law Association
The National Gay and Lesbian Law Association (NLGLA, ) traces its history back to the 1987 march in Washington, D.C., for lesbian and gay rights. At the march, the idea of creating a national gay and lesbian bar association was introduced and enthusiastically supported by a core group of volunteers. Soon after, in November 1988, the first Lavender Law conference was held in San Francisco, California, at Golden Gate University. In 1992, NLGLA became an official affiliate of the American Bar Association, and it now works closely with the ABA’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and its Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Mario A. Sullivan serves as the NLGLA national representative, and he can be reached at Sullivan practices in Illinois and focuses on general litigation with an emphasis on landlord/tenant, collections, and real estate.
Sullivan first got involved with NLGLA when he attended his first Lavender Law NLGLA Conference in New York. At the conference, Sullivan met with the leaders of NLGLA. In 2005, he was contacted by its executive director to fill the position of NLGLA’s representative to the Law Student Division’s Board of Governors. Sullivan was subsequently appointed as the ABA YLD national representative by the NLGLA Board after submitting his interest and qualifications. His tenure as the NLGLA national representative has been a great experience as he has enjoyed each conference and has learned a great deal about both organizations. Being the national representative has given him the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over and develop great friendships, while allowing others to learn more about the NLGLA and the ABA YLD. In addition, he has learned skills that continue to benefit his practice and his clients.
Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA, ) represents the interests of over 33,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, legal assistants or paralegals, and law students in the United States. The mission of the HNBA is to improve the study, practice, and administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of U.S. Hispanics in the legal profession. Briana H. Zamora is the current HNBA national representative, and she can be reached at . She recently reported that the HNBA is focusing its upcoming conference on diversity, based in part upon a study by the ABA regarding minorities in law firms.
National Bar Association
The National Bar Association (NBA, ) was formed in 1925, at a time when there were fewer than 1,000 African-American lawyers in the nation, and less than 120 belonged to the organization. By 1945, there were nearly 250 members representing 25% of the African-American members of the bar. Over the past seventy-five years, the NBA has grown enormously in size and influence. Jennifer Fisher serves as the NBA national representative, and she can be reached at The NBA holds four national meetings each year, and it will hold a “renaissance weekend,” April 19–23, 2007, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, that will focus on networking and CLE programs.
The national representatives are an important resource for the ABA YLD and act as liaisons to four important bar associations. Please feel free to contact them for more information.