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The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) is pleased to announce its signature public service initiative for the 2011–2012 bar year. Project Salute: Young Lawyers Serving Veterans is a public service program to provide veterans of the U.S. Armed Services with pro bono legal assistance to obtain their federal veteran’s disability, pension, and other related benefits.
Mark your calendar for these important ABA YLD Affiliate acitivities and deadlines:
This year’s ABA YLD Annual Meeting in Toronto kicked off Thursday night with a Welcome Reception at the Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge. Attendees enjoyed the hip club vibe with music provided by a DJ.
From October 13 to 15, 2011, the ABA YLD Fall Conference will bring together legal scholars, jurists, and specialists in various fields for three days of continuing legal education, professional development seminars, networking, and panels on a wide range of subjects in Seattle, Washington. Although the conference will play host to several programs focused on social media and diversity, no one topic can dominate a meeting this big, and there are many other interesting subjects at hand.
As the summer comes to a close, judges and adversaries have returned from vacation, motions are being filed at a furious pace, and the unread emails in your in-box are rivaled only by the stacks of mail that you have yet to read piled on the corner of your desk. As a bar leader for your Affiliate, your focus also must turn to the start of the new bar year and the programming that you will provide to your members. By taking the time to read this newsletter, you will find a variety of resources that will assist you in providing high-quality programs to your Affiliate.
In 2009, the American Bar Association began its initiative to evaluate the state of diversity in the legal profession. The ABA conducted numerous surveys, held hearings, diversity summits, diversity roundtables, and analyzed the tremendous amount of information these activities produced.
Because summer vacations are now distant memories and the kids are back in school, we can look back on many exciting events and look forward to more. Young lawyers around the nation continue to make a difference while learning, helping others, and having fun.
The Affiliate Assistance Team (AAT) is charged with designing and implementing bar leadership programming at national and regional conferences, assisting with Affiliate site-visits, providing programming and onsite consultations for Affiliates, and maintaining a resource area on the ABA YLD website.
The Oregon New Lawyers Division (ONLD) recently launched its “Practical Skills Through Public Service Program” (PSPS) to help new attorneys within the state tackle their most pressing challenge: how to begin a successful legal career in the current economic climate.
It seems like severe weather has caused disasters all over the country lately. When a major disaster happens, what can lawyers do to help their communities? Lawyers can be a major asset for their communities as volunteers with Disaster Legal Services.
Affiliates, are you sick of the same old programming ideas for your membership? Do you keep doing all the same things from previous years? Sometimes all it takes is a slightly new twist to revamp old ideas.
When you think of performing a public service project, what typically comes to mind? Whether your affiliate performs public service projects on a large or small scale, you probably don’t think of leading a group of young lawyers into a developing country for two weeks. But this is exactly what the Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society (United Kingdom) has done since 2009.