Year at a Glance 2007-2008
YOUR GUIDE TO MEMBERSHIP AND INVOLVEMENT
CHAIR WELCOME YLD AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
Becoming the experts on young lawyers—that is
The ABA YLD provides countless opportunities to
the focus and goal of the ABA YLD as we journey
into the 2007-2008 bar year. work collaboratively and exchange ideas with more
I am thrilled to welcome you to join us for what than 300 young lawyer organizations that have
will be an unmatched opportunity for personal and professional chosen to be Affiliates of the Division.
development as well as service to the public. The ABA YLD is committed to serving its Affiliates
We have filled the year with an array of conferences and summits by fostering productive and mutually beneficial
that will feature substantive programming, including CLE and
relationships among state, local, national, and
professional development, bar leadership training, public service, and
programs on enhancing diversity in the profession. international young lawyer organizations that
We will also continue and expand the Division’s service to our benefit from the following activities:
newest members through 101 and 201 Practice Series articles on our • Access to best practice materials and resources
website. The new 201 Practice Series will provide more in-depth for young bar leaders.
information to lawyers who have been in practice for a few years. • Access to The Affiliate newsletter highlighting
Finally, we are extremely proud to present “Wills for Heroes” as
achievements, issues, and needs identified by
our public service project for 2007-2008. This project will provide free
basic estate planning to first responders throughout the country. Affiliates, which are shared nationally.
With an exciting year full of valuable opportunities, I encourage • Direct support, online or onsite, from the ABA
you to stay involved and join us at our national conferences. YLD Affiliate Assistance Team, providing
Justin Goldstein, 2007-2008 ABA YLD Chair consultation on critical young bar issues.
Justin.Goldstein@nationalcity.com • Opportunities to participate and share in
new/existing member and public service
PUBLIC SERVICE PROJECT 2007-2008:
WILLS FOR HEROES • Eligibility for seed grant programs (application
This year, the ABA YLD is partnering with the deadline is in March).
Wills for Heroes Foundation, a not-for-profit • Eligibility to participate in ABA YLD Awards of
organization providing basic estate planning services to Achievement Competition recognizing individual
emergency first responders free of charge. bar projects in various categories (application
The Wills for Heroes program was created shortly after deadline is in June).
the tragic events of 9/11 when emergency first responders • Eligibility to nominate a member for the ABA
indicated estate planning services as one of their top needs. YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer
The Wills for Heroes project is unique in that it provides a Award (application deadline is in August).
much needed opportunity for local attorneys to assist the To ensure that your Affiliate remains involved,
men and women who devote their lives to serving their receives The Affiliate, as well as announcements and
communities. Emergency first responders complete an estate materials from the Affiliate Assistance Team, please
planning questionnaire prior to arriving at a Wills for Heroes
make sure your Chair, Chair-Elect and staff person’s
event. Once onsite, volunteer attorneys, provided with laptop
current contact information is listed in the ABA YLD’s
computers and the appropriate planning documentation,
Affiliate Database by visiting www.abanet.org/yld/
examine and review the wills with the participant. The
result is a basic will, formally signed and finalized by a
More information about these programs is
notary, before the participant leaves the site. All services are
available at www.abanet.org/yld/affiliate.shtml.
provided free of charge.
Beginning with the 2007 ABA Annual Meeting in San
Francisco, the ABA YLD plans to host onsite Wills for Heroes
days during our in-person conferences. In addition, we will
101 AND 201 PRACTICE SERIES
provide resources throughout the year for ABA YLD Affiliates The 2007-2008 member service project will continue
to host Wills for Heroes events locally. This is an excellent
the current 101 Practice Series, aimed at capturing
opportunity for you and your colleagues to apply your legal practical tips and fundamentals of legal substance for
skills and give back to your community, so become involved
particular areas of law and legal practice. The 201
and check the ABA YLD web site at www.abanet.org/yld Practice Series will go a step beyond, relating to more
for additional information and available resources. More “advanced” topics for young lawyers who already
information about the Wills for Heroes Foundation is also have a baseline of knowledge in the relevant field.
online at www.willsforheroes.org.
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GETTING INVOLVED CONFERENCES AND SUMMITS
ABA YLD national conferences provide
extensive networking opportunities for
APPOINTMENTS young lawyers, a forum for CLE and
In March of each year, the YLD Chair-Elect appoints over 200 young lawyers to lead the YLD the professional development programming,
following year. You are eligible for an appointment for the 2008-2009 bar year if you were born and opportunities for local attorney
after August 31, 1972, or were admitted to practice in your first bar after August 31, 2003. The volunteers to be involved in the YLD
deadline for applying for appointments will likely be mid-January. For more information about the Public Service Project: Wills for Heroes.
During the Association’s Midyear and
application process, please visit www.abanet.org/yld/appointments.html after December 1, 2007.
Annual Meetings, the YLD Assembly
You may also contact the 2007-2008 Chair-Elect, Elizabeth Acee, at email@example.com.
convenes to debate and vote on important
resolutions affecting the legal profession.
Integrated into each conference this
year will be a YLD summit. Each summit
YLD Committee membership offers you the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insight is designed to bring together various
from other lawyers who share your interests and expertise. It also allows you to receive constituents and target critical issues, and
timely information on developments in your practice area. The level of involvement is up to is intended to establish direction and
the individual member. recommendations to serve as a basis for
By joining a committee, you’ll have access to the latest developments in that committee’s the development of long-term goals for
practice area. Committee membership gives you access to information you and your clients would the YLD, programs, information sharing,
and other initiatives.
not have otherwise and is free to members of the Young Lawyer Division. For more information
and to join a committee, visit www.abanet.org/yld/committees.html.
YLD FALL CONFERENCE
and Young Bar Leader Summit
October 4-6, 2007, Charlotte, NC
NEW LAWYER ROADMAP
The Young Bar Leader Summit will
ABA entities also have a number of resources and opportunities geared for lawyers new to
provide state, local, and specialty young
the profession. To find out what is available, visit the ABA YLD New Lawyer Roadmap lawyer organization leaders public
www.abanet.org/yld/benefits/roadmapglance.pdf. service and leadership training and
allow them to discuss their concerns,
which range from membership and
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING structure to project funding.
Many young lawyers and Affiliate leaders face financial challenges that prevent them from
YLD WOMEN’S SUMMIT
attending in-person meetings. To help defray the cost of attending YLD conferences, the YLD
November 7-9, 2007, Chicago, IL
offers several programs that provide partial reimbursement for individuals and affiliate leaders. The Women’s Summit will be held in
• The YLD Scholarship program is designed to increase the participation of minority, conjunction with the Women in Law
solo/small firm, government, public sector, and military lawyers. The scholarship Leadership Academy and is focused on
application is available in May of each year on the YLD home page at www.abanet.org/yld. empowering early- to mid-career women
• One-time travel funding is available to affiliates who have not sent representatives to a lawyers by enhancing their leadership
conference in three years. skills, motivating them to stay in the
• The YLD offers travel funding for Fall and Spring Conferences to three or four members of profession, and instilling in them the
each Affiliate. For more information on these programs, please visit capacity to direct their own careers
more effectively through mentors and
ABA MIDYEAR MEETING
ELECTIONS and YLD Membership Summit
The Division elects its officers and constitutional representatives for the next year at each Annual February 7-9, 2008, Los Angles, CA
Meeting. Positions to be elected include the Secretary-Treasurer, Speaker, Clerk, one Board of The YLD Membership Summit will
Governors representative, and two delegates to the ABA House of Delegates. Any eligible member provide young lawyers a forum to
can run by filing a notice of candidacy with the Secretary-Treasurer before the Assembly adjourns discuss concerns and issues affecting
at the Midyear Meeting. The nomination deadline for the 2008-2009 bar year is Saturday, February 9, new lawyers.
2008, at the Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles, California. The applicable bylaws and rules relating to
eligibility and nominations are available online at www.abanet.org/yld/elections.html. YLD SPRING CONFERENCE
and Diversity Summit
April 16-19, 2008, Washington, DC
The Diversity Summit will provide
COMMUNICATIONS diversity training and allow for
The YLD stays in touch with its members with two written publications, a website, mailings, and discussion of issues affecting minority
email. The Young Lawyer is distributed to the entire membership 11 times each year. The Affiliate is lawyers and the diversification of the
distributed to leaders of the YLD’s 300 young lawyer affiliate organizations. In addition, the YLD profession.
occasionally sends mail and email to its members to promote specific events. The YLD website
provides the most up-to-date information on the Division’s programs and events, as well as rosters ABA ANNUAL MEETING
August 7-12, 2008, New York, NY
of its leadership. For more information, visit www.abanet.org/yld.
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