On the Road with Justin Goldstein
by Justin Goldstein
Justin Goldstein is Chair of the ABA YLD and practices with The Halpern Group in Springfield, New Jersey.
I am writing this just after the 2008 ABA YLD Spring Conference in Washington, D.C., and I am pleased to report a successful conference. The Spring Conference combined many different events including ABA Day, the Section of Litigation Annual Conference, an ABA YLD summit entitled “Diversity: The Next Generation,” and our ABA YLD Spring Conference. Those who attended had an incredible opportunity to participate in all of these events and take advantage of all the ABA has to offer. Personally, the Diversity Summit experience allowed the most frank professional discussion I’ve participated in regarding race and other differences between people. I am excited to hear the results of the Summit and the beginning of young lawyers shaping the discussion about this important issue in our profession. Please turn to the ABA YLD website to post your comments and participate in the continued discussion on our webboard.
In addition to facilitating the convergence of state and local bar leaders, the Spring Conference brought together young lawyer leaders from around the world. Thank you to our international guests Pär Remnelid, President of the International Young Lawyers Association (AIJA); Annalisa Checci, President of the European Young Bar Association (EYBA); Julia Beer (with Stephane Legendre), Bar Council of England and Wales; Sarah Klinger, Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Young Lawyers; Augustin D’Ollone, Martin Pradel, and Charlotte Plantin of la Conférence du Stage du Barreau de Paris; Kat Gibson, Kevin Poulter, and Peter Wright from the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England & Wales; Elizabeth Lee, Chair of the Australian Young Lawyers Committee; Jude Perkins and Edward Sanguinetti from the London Young Lawyers Group; and Claire Reid and Julie Reid from the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors Association.
Although my travels slowed a bit during the winter while I learned how to snowboard and taught my daughters how to ski (thanks to Utah YLD President-Elect Karthik Nadesan for the inspiration), I did manage a trip out to Denver to visit with the Colorado Young Lawyers Division (thanks to all of the young lawyers for their hospitality, especially Melissa Ogburn, Leia Ursery, Erin Hickey, Becky Bye, Matt Ninneman, James Garts, Tiffany Warner, and staff liaison Dana Collier Smith).
I also visited (again) with the Georgia Young Lawyers Division. After receiving the pictured “coupon” from Chair-Elect Joshua Bell, I couldn’t refuse. He and his fellow young lawyers did not disappoint—they wound up throwing me an unemployment party, as I had my last day at my prior job the day I left for the conference and started my new job at The Halpern Group the Monday after I returned from the conference. So, thank you to the Georgia State Bar Young Lawyers!
I continue to receive invitations to attend affiliate meetings. Although my travel schedule will be affected by my new job, I will still try to attend when I can and I appreciate being included in your plans. Yes, to answer your question, it is difficult to be ABA YLD Chair and change jobs.
As we round third for home and the end of the 2007–2008 bar year in August, I want to take this opportunity to thank our ABA YLD staff and many of you, the volunteers, that make our wonderful projects and accomplishments possible. It continues to be a privilege to serve as Chair of the ABA YLD and I look forward to seeing you on the road or in New York City, August 7–10, at the ABA Annual Meeting.