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Today, approximately 1.7 million youth live on the streets and in shelters. This year’s public service project, Project Street Youth: Young Lawyers Advocating for Homeless Youth, focuses on the specific legal needs and problems that arise when children transition out of the foster care system or live on the street.
What are you doing in February? Are you anticipating a cold, dreary, and miserable winter? Do you want to escape to somewhere warmer, but are afraid the boss will not let you take a vacation? Well, I have a solution for you! Come to the Young Lawyers Division Events at the 2015 ABA Midyear Conference in Houston, Texas, on February 5–8!
We all know the saying, “A picture paints a thousand words.” Well, this year the American Bar Association invites secondary school students to pull out all the stops and get creative by showing through their art what the Magna Carta means to them.
In any competitive industry, taking maternity leave or making the decision to start a family can leave professionals at a disadvantage. But the constraints of the economic and social structures unique to the legal industry may severely aggravate that disadvantage, particularly for young lawyers.
The State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section provides educational programming both to help young lawyers transition from law school to practicing law and to address the challenges young lawyers face—specifically the large number of unemployed and under-employed young lawyers.
Affiliates across the country maintain packed schedules with activities ranging from CLEs and clinics to baseball nights with the judges. Below are some highlights of affiliate activities nationwide.
The ABA YLD has maintained an extensive library of practice materials under the banner of the Career Development Initiative; however, after inventorying the available materials, the Division made the decision that the library needed to be overhauled to better meet the needs of the membership.
As any young lawyer knows, getting involved in bar associations and other professional organizations can be difficult, especially when you have yet to develop a network of contacts or when you don’t even fully understand how the (always complicated) organization works. The ABA YLD, however, offers a creative solution to help young lawyers with that difficult engagement process: the Scholarship Program.
In August, the Utah State Bar Association’s Disaster Relief Committee hosted the ABA YLD Director for Disaster Legal Services, David H.K. Nguyen.
Affiliates work hard year in and year out to create projects benefitting their bars and local communities, projects ranging from newsletters to materials drives to pro bono legal services. The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) recognizes these projects with the annual Awards of Achievement, honoring the best programming from Affiliates around the country.
Last year the welcomed its first generation of “Emerging Leaders” by inducting 10 applicants from a national pool into the Emerging Leaders program. Before the program, law students involved in the ABA through the Law Student Division had to wait a year after graduation before becoming active in the ABA YLD.
It is no secret to anyone reading this publication that law schools often leave something to be desired in the way of practical education for the practice of law. To address this shortcoming, a trend in the ABA is to use its more seasoned, battle-toughened members with hard-earned wisdom to introduce its more freshly minted brethren to the life of an attorney.
Over 25 years since coming to the United States, Anna has overcome language barriers and poverty to pursue her dream of practicing law. Now the current ABA Young Lawyers Division Secretary and a partner with Stark & D’Ambrosio, LLP in San Diego, California, Romanskaya is living her dream.
This past October, the ABA YLD held its Fall Conference against a beautiful backdrop—the flush and rolling hills of Portland, Oregon. Lawyers from across the country and from all practice areas came together for three full days of events, including CLEs, dynamic presentations from ABA and local leaders, speed networking, leadership development, and health and wellness programming.
The ABA YLD is pleased to announce its Regional Summits program. Through the generosity of the American Bar Association's Board of Governors, the ABA YLD has received $15,000 to award to Affiliates hosting regional summits.
Are you the chair-elect, current chair, or immediate-past/outgoing chair of a Young Lawyer Organization? If so, sign up for the Affiliate Leadership Listserv.