Miami Midyear Recap
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.
In the midst of a cold spell blanketing the country, young lawyers from across the United States and the globe convened in Miami, Florida, for the 2007 ABA Midyear Meeting. Besides the beautiful weather, the meeting featured top-notch continuing legal education programs and leadership training for young lawyers.
During the meeting, the Affiliate Assistance Team presented the Bar Leadership Academy, an invitation-only event for affiliate chairs and chairs-elect. The Academy is a comprehensive program designed to provide basic training to current and future leaders, and it included guest speakers with extensive bar leadership experience. Program topics included: “Why Bar Leaders Succeed,” “The Art of Budgeting,” “Motivating and Recruiting Volunteers,” and “Planning for Your Bar Year.”
The YLD also sponsored various CLE programs. These included: “Anatomy of a Trial Series: Opening Statements/Direct Examination,” “You, Me and IP: Intellectual Property Issues for Startup Companies and Small Businesses,” “The Proper Retainer Agreement: Solid Writing, Strong Planning, Prompt Payment,” and “Insurance 101: What You Need to know to Protect Your Clients’ (and Your Own) Rights to Recovery.”
On Friday, the ABA YLD co-sponsored a lunch with the American Bar Foundation and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation entitled “After the JD: What Every Young Lawyer and Senior Partner Should Know About the Changing Trends in Legal Careers.” The luncheon featured a presentation on the “After the JD” project of the American Foundation, which is the first empirical study of 4,500 new lawyers during the first ten years of post-law school employment. In addition to a discussion of the results from the first wave of the study, the program included an insightful panel discussion of both young and more senior attorneys, including young lawyers David Wolfe of Livingston, New Jersey, and Kemba Eneas of Washington, D.C.
The Friday night social event, co-sponsored by the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division, was held at Bongos Cuban Café, a restaurant owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Jr. Besides being an outstanding venue for the event, the young lawyers in attendance enjoyed a beautiful February evening in Miami.
As is tradition, the ABA YLD Assembly only met on Saturday, February 10, to debate various resolutions. Particularly noteworthy was the presentation and debate on Resolutions 1YL and 2YL, which represented the first time in many years that the ABA YLD proposed and debated its own resolutions. Chair Jay Ray also recognized various Division leaders for their outstanding work by presenting them with “Stars of the Quarter.”
On Saturday afternoon, Jessika Rovell of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Richik Sarkar of Cleveland, Ohio, represented the ABA YLD in the annual debate against the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division. The event was one of the highlights of the meeting.
Besides the location, passionate debates, and top-notch CLE programs, the 2007 ABA Midyear Meeting will be remembered for the opportunities to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. If you were unable to attend the Midyear Meeting, make plans to attend the 2007 ABA YLD Spring Conference, May 3–5, in Montréal, Québec, or the 2007 ABA Annual Meeting, August 9–14, in San Francisco.
Stars of the Quarter
At the ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami, ABA YLD Chair Jay Ray recognized the contributions of the following individuals with “Stars of the Quarter.”
Christine Spinella Davis, chair of the Tort and Insurance Law Committee, Christopher McGeehan, chair of the Intellectual Property and Internet Law Committee, and Cynthia Cutler, chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee—For their outstanding leadership and performance as committee chairs and for their efforts in developing programs and 101 articles.

Stacey Koch—For the amazing job she did in planning, organizing, and raising sponsorship funds as chair of the Local Host Committee for the 2007 ABA Midyear Meeting in Miami.

Kelly-Ann Clarke—For the unbelievable job she has done as administrative director. She has been able to increase participation and reporting by the district representatives while maintaining a lighthearted and fun atmosphere during council meetings.

Kara Nyquist—For her successful efforts as the District 33 representative in encouraging the implementation of Choose Law: A Profession for All in Alaska.

Assata Peterson and Hope Caldwell—For their leadership of The Young Lawyer Editorial Board and for the high-quality articles included in the publication this year.

Scott Laufenberg—For his leadership of The Affiliate Newsletter Team and for efforts made to involve a greater number of affiliates reporting in the publication.

Marcia Facey—For her efforts in developing a trivia section on the Choose Law: A Professional for All webpage and promoting the project.

Jeremy Wisniewski and Nicolette Kost de Sèvres from Montréal, Québec—For their amazing efforts, along with others on the Young Bar Association of Montréal (YBAM), to raise funds, develop programs, and plan unbelievable social events for the ABA YLD and YBAM Joint Spring Conference in Montréal, Québec.

Jill McCall, the Division’s new staff director—For her outstanding performance in the first six months of her new position helping an overly demanding Chair accomplish Division goals with only half a staff and developing a promising team.