Advice to Affiliates: Conference Funding for Affiliate Representatives

Vol. 39 No. 4


Deepa Goraya is an Assistant Editor of The Affiliate , a member of the LEAD Center Public Policy team in Washington, D.C., and a Public Policy Research Specialist at National Disability Institute, also in Washington, D.C.

Each year, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) presents two standalone national conferences, one in the fall and one in the spring, and participates in the Midyear Meeting hosted by the ABA. ABA YLD conferences are a great place to network with young lawyers and Affiliate leaders from around the country, and each offers excellent mentoring and leadership opportunities. In addition, each conference offers programming targeted to state and local young lawyer association (“Affiliate”) leaders. For example, this past October, the ABA YLD Fall National Conference in Phoenix featured a program entitled, “Tips and Tricks to Understanding ABA YLD Resources,” in which attendees were shown how to locate various resources on the ABA YLD website, such as Affiliate funding. Also at this session, Affiliate representatives participated in roundtable discussions on a variety of topics ranging from budget concerns to service project ideas, which allowed leaders to network and gather creative ideas from one another.

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