The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Utah State Bar is gearing up for another year of service to its members and service to the public.
Executive Committee. The executive committee of the YLD has worked hard over the summer, making appointments to chair and co-chair the YLD’s various committees, and preparing the handbooks, budgets, directories, and other materials necessary to make the YLD run smoothly. Your officers for 2002-2003 are: Vicky Fitlow, President; Debra Griffiths, Treasurer; Amy Dolce, Secretary; Christian Clinger, President-Elect; Nathan Alder, Past President.
And Justice for All. The YLD has been involved with helping the And Justice for All campaign since its very first year. This year, the YLD has created its own committee to support And Justice for All. Over the summer, Candice Vogel and Wade Budge have worked with And Justice for All and The Dead Goat Saloon to organize a fundraiser pool tournament. Sixteen teams of two will compete in the first annual “Bar Sharks for Justice” in October, with the overall winners receiving a traveling trophy. Many local organizations have donated prizes, which will be given away to the teams competing. All proceeds will go to And Justice for All. If you are interested in competing, please contact Candice or Wade.
Annual/Mid-Year Meeting. Once again the YLD will sponsor the young lawyer track of CLE courses at the annual and mid-year meetings, as well as organizing and staffing the kiddie carnival at the annual meeting. George Burbidge and Martha Knudson are already underway with plans to make this year’s meetings better than ever.
Bar Journal. Bruce Burt and Dave Mortenson are busy soliciting articles for the Bar Journal. Many young lawyers have contributed articles in the past. If you have an article you would like to have published in the Bar Journal, please contact Bruce or Dave.
CLE. Loyal Hulme and Joseph Covey and their dedicated committee have already set an impressive schedule of CLE topics geared toward young lawyers. The schedule is not yet full, however, so if there is a topic you would particularly like to see covered, please let us know.
Community Service. The Community Service committee of the YLD will be very active this year. Jason Hardin and Cheryl Mori-Atkinson are planning 3-4 events that will give young lawyers a chance to make a real difference in the community. Look for e-mails from Jason and Cheryl and be sure to save the dates and participate in these fabulous projects.
Law Day. Mickell Jimenez and Kelly Williams are hard at work planning next May’s Law Day celebration. The search for a speaker is well underway, and the venue will be selected shortly. Keep a look out for candidates you would like to nominate for Young Lawyer of the Year and the Liberty Bell award.
Needs of Children. The Needs of Children committee is another new committee for the YLD this year. Amy Hayes and Patrick Tan will be working with Prevent Child Abuse Utah to update a pamphlet on recognizing signs of child abuse that is given out to those working with children. Once these pamphlets are published in December, the committee will coordinate with the Utah State Bar’s Needs of Children committee to identify appropriate projects.
Membership. Kimberly Havlik and Jamie Zenger are determined to reach you! The Membership Committee is charged with reaching out to all members of the YLD and determining how best to serve their needs. Keep an eye out for a survey from the Membership Committee this year that will give you a chance to tell us how we can be of service to you. Also, if you want to get involved with YLD but are not sure just what your interests are, contact Kim or Jamie and they will help you figure out where you can best be of service.
Professionalism. Jeff Vincent and David Bernstein will sit on the Utah Supreme Court’s committee on Professionalism. This committee is charged with enhancing the collegiality and integrity of all members of the Utah State Bar. Young lawyers have an important role to play in this endeavor. Look for a report from the Professionalism committee sometime this year.
Public Education. Public Education will once again be intimately involved with the Mock Trial project, in which junior high and high school students all across Utah compete in a fantasy trial. Stacey Snyder and Sonia Sweeney will also be working to implement the American Bar Association/Young Lawyers’ Division project entitled Tolerance Through Education. This nationwide program aims to reach third-grade students and teach them about the values of tolerance.
Tuesday Night Bar. Last, but certainly not least. This flagship program of the Young Lawyers Division provides free legal services to some 2000 members of the public annually. Every Tuesday evening, volunteer lawyers organized by Jason Perry and Jami Momberger give free, 1/2 hour legal consultations on almost every legal topic imaginable. Tuesday Night Bar is your best opportunity to get involved with the YLD, because it involves over 75 young lawyers every year. Please contact Jason or Jami if you are interested in Tuesday Night Bar.
Regional Representatives. The YLD is committed to young lawyers across the state of Utah. As part of that effort, the YLD is in the process of recruiting representatives from each of the regional bar associations. If you are a young lawyer and member of a regional bar association, please contact Vicky Fitlow about becoming involved in YLD.
There is always room for young lawyers at the YLD. If you are under 36 years old, or if you were admitted to the Utah State Bar in 1998 or later, you already are a member! There are no dues to pay. All you have to do is get in contact with someone who is already involved in YLD and let them know your interests. You can always call me, Vicky Fitlow, at (435) 649-2525, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.