If You Can Make It There, You’ll Make It Anywhere (Why You Should Attend the 2008 Annual Meeting)
By Melissa Dewey Brumback
Melissa Dewey Brumback is an associate editor of The Affiliate and practices with the Raleigh, North Carolina, firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC.
Come join your friends and colleagues this August in New York City, the city that never sleeps! The 2008 ABA YLD Annual Meeting will be held in New York, New York, August 7–10, 2008. It promises to be a fun time filled with interesting CLE, networking, and socializing.
Extraordinary CLE
Spend one weekend and obtain your whole year’s worth of CLE and then some, while expanding your legal knowledge no matter what your area of practice.
The ABA YLD is sponsoring the following CLE programs this August:
  • Forensic Accounting 101: How It Can Help You in Litigation, Bankruptcy, Family Law and More (co-sponsored by the ABA Section of Tax Law and the ABA Business Law Section), Marriott Marquis.
  • What Every Real Estate Attorney Needs to Know about Environmental Law (co-sponsored by the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law and the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources), Marriott Marquis.
  • Understanding Domestic Violence in Family Court Proceedings (co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence), Marriott Marquis.
  • In addition to the fabulous ABA YLD programs, you can also attend over 200 CLEs from twenty-eight ABA divisions/sections that will be represented during the Annual Meeting. The ABA YLD is a co-sponsor of the following CLEs:
  • How Judges Think, co-sponsored by the Judicial Division Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Hilton New York.
  • The Corporate Counsel Chronicles, co-sponsored by the GP Solo & Small Firm Division, Marriott Marquis.
  • E-Discovery from the War Room, co-sponsored by the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Hilton New York.
  • What the Presidential Candidates Should Be Saying About Judicial Selection, co-sponsored by the Judicial Division, Marriott Marquis.
  • Judicial Clerkships: Snagging, Surviving and Excelling in Federal Clerkships, co-sponsored by the GP Solo & Small Firm Division, Hilton New York.
  • Bankruptcy Appeals: Which Court, How to Get There and What to Do When You Are There, co-sponsored by the GP Solo & Small Firm Division, Hilton New York.
  • The Immigration Crisis, the Courts, and Rule of Law, co-sponsored by the Commission on Immigration and the Standing Committee for Federal Judicial Improvements, Hilton New York.
  • Climate Change—The Growing Legal Storm, co-sponsored by the Environment, Energy, and Resources Section, Hilton New York.
You might also consider attending some of the other unique programming at the ABA Annual Meeting:
  • Healthcare Access for America: Political and Practical Realities
  • The Future of Music: The Collision of Law, Technology and Rock n’ Roll
  • Individual Rights, Terrorism and the Rule of Law
  • The American Press in Times of War: From the Pentagon Papers to Iraq
  • Avoiding the First Date Jitters: Tips for Your First Meeting with Your Expert
  • In-House Chief Litigation Counsel—What Keeps Them Up at Night?
  • Text and Mobile Marketing in a Wired World
  • It’s Not Just About Email: What the Family Trial Lawyer Needs to Know about Electronic Evidence Prior to and During a Trial
  • Women in the Judiciary: How to Become a Judge and What It’s Like When You Get There
A complete listing of CLE programming is available for download at www.abanet.org/annual/2008/docs/cle_programs.pdf .
Networking Events
On Thursday, YLD attendees interested in the judicial system and the administration of justice are invited to a networking reception by the Lawyers Conference of the Judicial Division.
All ABA YLD attendees are invited to attend the free Welcome Reception at Providence (311 W. 57th Street, www.providencenyc.com ) on Thursday evening.
On Friday evening, the ABA YLD will hold its Annual Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division Dinner Dance and Award Presentation, honoring the YLD Fellows Award winner, Helaine M. Barnett, current president of the Legal Services Corporation (Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd Street, www.cipriani.com/cipriani/Locs/42main.htm ).
On Saturday evening, following the ABA Opening Assembly at the Waldorf-Astoria, the President’s Reception will be held at the Museum of Modern Art ( 11 W. 53rd Street, www.moma.org ).
Contributing to the Profession
The Annual Meeting is also one of the few times during the year when the ABA YLD Assembly gathers to debate issues affecting young lawyers and potential resolutions for adoption. The ABA YLD Assembly gives young lawyers the chance to voice their opinions on these important resolutions. It is also the time when officer elections for the upcoming bar year are held. For more information about the ABA YLD Assembly, how to become a Delegate, and past resolutions that have been debated, visit the ABA YLD Assembly page at www.abanet.org/yld/assembly .
The ABA YLD also sends several representatives to the ABA House of Delegates to debate issues affecting the ABA and the justice system as a whole, thereby contributing to the ABA’s goals for the legal profession.
Finally, the ABA YLD will hold an implementation of the 2007–2008 Public Service Project, “Wills for Heroes,” which will guide young lawyers on how to create basic estate planning documents free of charge for first responders and their families. If you are licensed in New York and would like to help, please contact Kristine Gregorio at Kristine.Gregorio@americanbar.org . For more information, visit www.abanet.org/yld/wills .
The Details
Up to the minute information about the Annual Meeting as well as how to register and reserve housing can be found at www.abanet.org/annual/2008 . You must purchase social event tickets on that site as well. Act fast, because the registration deadline is July 8.
The YLD’s host hotel is the Marriott Marquis in the heart of Times Square and the Theater District (1535 Broadway, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycmq-new-york-marriott-marquis ). Reserve rooms online through the ABA YLD website.
For specific ABA YLD Annual Meeting information, bookmark www.abanet.org/yld/annual08 and check back often.
The Wiki Travel Guide of NYC ( www.wikitravel.org/en/New_York_City ) provides geographical information for navigating New York City and its various areas.
For information relating to the costs and travel methods to/from area airports (LaGuardia, JFK, Newark), visit www.nysubway.com/airport/index.html .