Midyear in Beverly Hills Was the Place to Be
Compiled by Rachel Kopp
Young lawyers from all over the country joined together at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Beverly Hills, California, February 7–9, 2008. Although the zip code “90210” is more popularly known for its celebrity-spotting and paparazzi, ABA YLD members found time to conduct continuing legal education programs, meet with ABA leadership, network, and give back to the Beverly Hills community through a “Wills for Heroes” implementation. For a roundup of ABA YLD activities in Los Angeles, visit www.abanet.org/yld/emails/08midyear.shtml.
Local Heroes Receive Aid from Young Lawyers
By Suzanne Cibotti
On February 9, 2008, volunteer lawyers from the ABA YLD, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers, and Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll joined forces to draft basic estate planning documents for about sixty Beverly Hills firefighters, police officers, and domestic partners.
The Los Angeles Wills for Heroes implementation drew universal praise from lawyers, firefighters, and from Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad, who presented a “Wills for Heroes Day” proclamation during the program.
“The response has been overwhelming. Lawyers are excited about helping first responders,” said Robert Lance, Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. “It’s a way to give back to the community.”
The YLD is planning additional will-drafting programs on April 19 at its Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., and on August 9 at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. To learn more about “Wills for Heroes,” visit www.willsforheroes.org.
Long-Range Plan Adopted
At the ABA YLD’s Council Meeting, the Division adopted a new long-range plan that will now govern all activities of the ABA YLD. The six-point plan outlines goals and strategy concepts to help the Division serve young lawyers in a variety of ways:
1. expand the reach of the ABA YLD;
2. ‑guide young lawyers to resources that foster professional and personal development;
3. serve as the recognized voice of young lawyers;
4. ‑serve as the national coordinator and preeminent resource for young lawyer organizations (“affiliates”);
5. ‑promote full and equal participation of members in the YLD regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or sexual identity; and
6. continue as the public service arm of the ABA.
To review the Long Range Plan in its entirety, please visit www.abanet.org/yld/FINALLRP.pdf.
Recognizing the Importance of Promoting Diversity in the Profession
The ABA YLD hosted a Diversity Dialogue that brought together twenty different ABA entities to share how they attract and retain new lawyers from a variety of diverse backgrounds. The dialogue will continue at the YLD’s Spring Conference on April 19 in Washington, D.C., through the ABA YLD Summit entitled “Diversity: The Next Generation.” More information about the Summit is available at a href="http://www.abanet.org/yld/spring08/diversitysummit.html">www.abanet.org/yld/spring08/diversitysummit.html.
25 Future Lawyers? Hopefully!
During the Midyear Meeting in L.A., members of the ABA YLD Minorities in the Profession Committee implemented the Choose Law program ( www.abanet.org/yld/chooselaw/home.shtml)at Dorsey High School. Everyone who participated enjoyed the experience and the young lawyer volunteers were extremely impressed by the ninth grade students’ knowledge of the law and the questions they asked.
Speed Networking
A take off on speed dating, this program allowed forty-five young lawyers to meet each other without the fear of rejection. Three minute intervals offered enough time for YLD members to make a strong introduction but eliminated stumbling through a lengthy transition.
Additional material from all of our programs continues to be online at www.abanet.org/yld/emails/08midyear.shtml.
Financial Planning for Young Lawyers —Most young lawyers have little time to dedicate to their personal financial planning. This program, an ABA YLD conference staple, provides advice on building a bright financial future. In less than one hour, young lawyers learned how to “Build Your Financial House” and the steps to go from the basics to the next level of financial planning.
Going Undercover? Issues in Pretext Investigations —Can lawyers use deception to detect and stop wrongdoing? This program focused on the ethical issues involved in pretexting and provided tips on proceeding with such investigations.
How Civil Juries Really Decide Cases —The inner workings of the jury room and how juries make their decisions have traditionally been off limits to trial lawyers. Attendees learned about new research that has begun to open those closed doors.
From Caterpillars to Pig Pens: Nominative Fair Use in a World of Product Placement , by Seth Levy—Experts focused on legal issues that arise when commercial products are featured in television shows, films, video games, books, and other forms of media. Since courts have issued conflicting and confusing decisions regarding “nominative fair use” and related First Amendment issues—two of the cornerstones in product placement analysis—the program highlighted some of the minefields that plague attorneys in this field.
Mortgage Crisis in America , by Jeffrey Sklarz—This expert panel discussed the root causes of the current mortgage and real estate troubles, their effect on the economy, and methods to assist clients who may experience economic hardship.
For information about the programs presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting, see Your ABA, February 2008, www.abanet.org/media/youraba/200802
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