Around the Country . . .

Vol. 39 No. 5


Robert J. Curylo is an Assistant Editor of The Affiliate and an Associate in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

Affiliates around the country have been diligently serving their communities, their members, and the profession. The following summaries highlight Affiliate activities nationwide. Consider which events you could incorporate into your Affiliate’s initiatives and feel free to contact the sponsoring Affiliate for more information about a particular event or project. For Affiliates organizing great events, please forward any information or photos you have of your group’s activities. They may be selected for inclusion in the newsletter’s next issue.

Serving and Leading the Community

Several affiliates focused on serving their local communities during the holiday season.

In November 2013, the Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Section participated in a “build day” with Habitat for Humanity.

In November 2013, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers (Michigan) hosted the “Happy Feet” sock drive to assist the Fort Street Open Door Program, which provides food and clothing to the homeless and needy in Detroit. Throughout the month of November, the Barristers collected donations of new or gently used adult socks, as well as cash donations. See Affiliate Spotlight: The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers, in this issue.

On November 22, 2013, the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Michigan) hosted its Annual “Horn of Plenty” food and clothing drive to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank and Cristo Rey. During the event, the YLS received monetary donations as well as donations of nonperishable food items, clothing, and toiletries.

On November 5, 2013, the Pasadena Bar Association Barristers (California) (formerly the Pasadena Young Lawyers Association) provided pro bono services at a foreclosure rights clinic hosted by the California Consumer Justice Coalition, which includes Asian American Advancing Justice, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek, and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Over 50 homeowners attended this clinic.

On November 9, 2013, the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers (California) prepared dinner for nearly 60 homeless people at the Santa Monica Shelter. The Barristers also prepared a dinner at the shelter on December 14, 2013.

On November 17, 2013, the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Peoria County Bar Association, volunteered with the disaster legal services hotline after deadly and devastating storms ripped through central Illinois and into Indiana.

On November 21, 2013, the Oakland County Bar Association’s New Lawyers Committee (Michigan) held its annual “New Lawyers Novemberfest.” The proceeds of this event were provided to the Jacqueline E. Bayley Foundation. The NLC also adopted three families with a total of eight children through the Adopt-a-Family program.

In December 2013, the Hunger and Poverty Relief Committee of the Knoxville Bar Association Barristers (Tennessee) participated in the Angel Tree Program and the annual canned food drive for Second Harvest.

Educating and Serving Affiliate Members

In November 2013, the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association (Wisconsin) and Marquette University Law School hosted a joint event for local MYLA members. The event provided a forum at which current law students asked questions regarding courtroom etiquette, time management, and other topics of interest for young lawyers. The MYLA also hosted a scotch tasting event for its membership in November at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This event allowed members to socialize and network with local businesses in the area.

On November 1, 2013, the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Michigan) held its bi-annual “Comedy for a Cause” fundraiser, which raised funds for the YLS to host educational and social events for its members.

On November 14, 2013, the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Tennessee) held its annual meeting. Over 100 members of the local bar and bench attended the annual meeting, at which officers and board members of the YLD were elected for the upcoming year.

On November 14, 2013, the Riverside County Barristers (California) hosted a panel with attorneys from both the local district attorney’s office and the public defender’s office that discussed ethics and criminal law. The panel was moderated by District Court Judge Virginia Phillips.

On November 20, 2013, the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer Section hosted a pro bono fair that offered attorneys an occasion to speak with various pro bono agencies and learn about pro bono opportunities available in Connecticut.

On November 22, 2013, the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer Section hosted a symposium titled “Supreme Change: The Legal Landscape After Windsor.” The symposium offered a glimpse into the legal strategy that ultimately led the U.S. Supreme Court to reject as unconstitutional the federal definitions of “marriage” and “spouse” contained in the Defense of Marriage Act. The symposium also discussed the practical implications of the Windsor decision on various areas of law, including immigration, family law, tax issues, and estate planning.

On December 5, 2013, the Rhode Island Bar Association New Lawyers Committee hosted a presentation by the Assistant Dean for Career Development from Roger Williams University School of Law. The presentation provided training for both currently employed and unemployed attorneys on how to conduct job searches.

Several affiliates hosted admission ceremonies for new attorneys in November 2013.

On November 12, the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Michigan) held its fall mass admission ceremony in conjunction with Thomas M. Cooley Law School. During this event, Judge Clinton Canady admitted almost two dozen local young attorneys to practice law in Michigan.

On November 14, the Berks County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Pennsylvania) held an admission ceremony for newly admitted attorneys.

On November 21, the Washtenaw County Bar Association New Lawyers Section (Michigan) held its fall ceremony to admit new attorneys at the Washtenaw County Courthouse. Judge Carol Kuhnke presided over the admission ceremony.

Several affiliates also conducted training for new attorneys in November and December.

On November 7, the Oakland County Bar Association’s New Lawyers Committee (Michigan) and the OCBA Circuit Court Committee hosted a seminar titled “Counseling Your Client Through Litigation.” The seminar covered many topics of interest to new attorneys, such as the initial meeting with clients, managing client expectations, alternative dispute resolution, post-trial issues, billing matters, communication with clients, litigation processes, preparation for depositions, and others.

On November 13, the Pasadena Bar Association Barristers (California) hosted a CLE event titled “Ten Things I Wish I’d Learned in Law School About Business Development and Using the Media as a Marketing Tool.” The event provided training on best practices for business development, including the use of media outlets to generate business. Over 35 Barristers attended the event.

On November 14, the Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Tennessee) hosted a CLE program for attorneys recently admitted to the bar. The program, titled “From Law Student to Lawyer, the Nuts and Bolts of Practice in Shelby County Courts,” provided attendees with training on how to succeed as solo practitioners or in a law firm environment. The CLE also provided attendees the opportunity to be sworn in before the local courts. On December 19, the YLD hosted and sponsored another CLE program titled “The Other Fellow May Be Right: The Importance of Civility in the Practice of Law.”

On December 5, the Genesee County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Michigan), in conjunction with the State Bar of Michigan, hosted a training event titled “Do’s, Don’ts, and Disasters: Judges Advice for Young Attorneys.” The event featured local judges as guest speakers and provided training on common mistakes made by new attorneys.

Networking with Others in the Profession

Throughout November and December, various affiliates hosted events that provided valuable networking opportunities for their members.

On November 1, 2013, the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (Pennsylvania) hosted a “Passing the Bar Bash” for new lawyers who passed the July bar examination. The YLD also held its annual children’s holiday party, at which the YLD collected gifts from law firms across the city. These gifts were distributed to hundreds of children living in Pittsburgh homeless shelters over the holiday season.

On November 5, 2013, the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Barristers (Michigan) hosted the Barristers Section Bar Review. The Bar Review is a social event that is held following regularly scheduled board meetings. The event provided an opportunity for young professionals to learn about the activities of the Barristers as well as network with their peers.

On November 7, 2013, the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers (California), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, hosted a “Thirsty Thursday” joint mixer for young attorneys, young professionals, experienced litigators, and judges.

On November 14, 2013, the San Diego County Bar Association New Lawyers Division (California) hosted a networking mixer.

On December 12, 2014, the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyer Section hosted a diversity networking reception in conjunction with the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, the Crawford Black Bar Association, and the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut.

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