Upcoming ABA YLD Conferences Focus on Professional Development and Leadership

Volume 37, Number 3


Jaime Ackerman is the Editor of The Affiliate and an attorney with the Mountainside, New Jersey, firm of Zucker, Goldberg & Ackerman, LLC.

In the coming months, the ABA YLD will bring together young lawyers, as well as experienced practitioners, at two conferences: the ABA YLD Midyear Meeting and the New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference. The Young Lawyers Division events during 2012 ABA Midyear Meeting will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the New Orleans Marriott from February 2–4, 2012. The following month, the New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference is scheduled for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the Four Seasons Philadelphia from March 2–3.

Midyear Meeting

The programming at the Midyear Meeting will include CLEs as well as professional and leadership development sessions on a variety of topics including an ethics CLE on maintaining privilege in an investigation, “911: Are You Prepared?”—a program co-sponsored by the Disaster Legal Services Team. The Chicago Bar Association will present on how to talk to partners and the Women in the Profession and Minority in the Profession Committees will co-present a session on successful minority women. The ABA YLD and the National Conference of Bar Presidents will present “Bar Leaders and Young Lawyers: Partnering Together to Share the Future of the Profession.” This program seeks to provide bar leaders and young lawyers the opportunity to network and discuss, in roundtable format, how to communicate effectively, how to engage young lawyers in the bar, and what makes the bar relevant to future generations of lawyers.

The Affiliate Assistance Team will hold a session on developing and implementing service projects. This exciting program will allow affiliate leaders from across the country to obtain ideas for implementing member service projects from some of the top award-winning project organizers in the country. In addition, the ABA YLD Labor and Employment Committee and the Division’s leadership will present a program on “How to Navigate the ABA YLD and Get More Involved.”

The Assembly will convene on Saturday morning, when distinguished guests will address the Assembly on matters of importance to the ABA YLD, Affiliates, the profession, and the public, and important issues and resolutions will be debated by young lawyers from across the country. The National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award will be presented and the finalists will be recognized. To ensure that your voice and your Affiliate’s positions are represented, you must be certified as a delegate. To learn more about Assembly or the delegate certification process, visit the Assembly webpage at

Other conference highlights include Friday night’s dinner-dance at the Musée Conti Wax Museum in the French Quarter. The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division will co-sponsor a lunch program with the Division featuring renowned diversity speaker, Verna Myers. The ABA YLD Diversity Dialogue is scheduled for Saturday morning before the Assembly and the ABA YLD Fellows Debate will take place Saturday evening. A reception will follow. For more information about the Midyear Meeting, visit www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/events_cle/ABA_Midyear_Meeting.html.


New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference

Last year, the New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference was introduced to offer more experienced members of the Division tools and insights to help them transition from associates to partners and in-house counsel. According to Christina Vassiliou Harvey, 2011 New Partner and In-House Counsel Conference Vice-Chair, last year’s attendees reported that “they had never been to a conference like it before because it successfully combined networking with substantive knowledge, all geared to attorneys at the same stage of their careers. The connections made will help attorneys as they enter the next phase of their careers.” This year’s conference is widely anticipated and will offer the opportunity to make valuable connections and earn CLE credits while learning from distinguished panelists who will offer practical tips and advice to help new partners and in-house counsel make successful transitions.

This year, the conference will kick off with a welcome reception on March 1 sponsored by Innovative Discovery, which will present sessions on electronic discovery later in the conference. Two tracks of programming will be offered, which will include CLE and professional development seminars tailored to each group. The New Partner Track will cover essential topics such as what you need to know now that you are an owner, ethical considerations in business development and marketing, building client relationships, legal trends as a new partner, electronic discovery, and working with in-house counsel. Some of the distinguished attorneys who will speak during the New Partner Track include business network strategist Kelly Hoey; Jacqueline Hodes, partner with DLA Piper; Walter Karnstein, In-House Counsel for Hewlett Packard; and Micah Buchdahl, President of HTMLawyers, Inc., and Immediate Past Chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section.

The In-House Track will offer sessions on ethics and risks, the nuts and bolts of employment discrimination litigation, hiring outside counsel, how to manage electronic discovery, detecting and deterring fraud, and in-house expectations. Panelists for the In-House Track include Arthur Saiewitz, Corporate Counsel for Alcatel-Lucent; Roger Schmit, General Counsel and Senior Vice-President of Curves, International, Inc.; and Lee Braem, Senior Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Evonik Degussa Corp.

Friday morning’s joint session will begin with introductory remarks and a conference overview by ABA YLD Chair Michael Bergmann and speed networking before the new partners and in-house counsel participants break into their separate programming tracks. Both tracks will come together later for a presentation on managing legal relationships and a diversity panel. For more information about this conference, visit www.americanbar.org/calendar/2012/03/



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