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Becoming Involved with YLD

January 21, 2009

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The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association is, well, all of us – the 2,000 or so members of the Bar Association who are less than 37 and/or have been practicing for less than three years.  The Executive Committee of the YLD oversees and coordinates the YLD’s activities, projects and events.  Sure, there are social networking events, but there are also fundraisers and many community outreach activities.  

You don’t have to be a member of the Executive Committee, though, to help out with planning and organizing YLD events.  There are several opportunities for young lawyers to volunteer and become involved:  

·        Law Week – Each year around May, the YLD commemorates national Law Day by having an entire week of activities throughout the community.  There’s Law Fair at the Gallery (providing free legal advice to shoppers), Lawyer in the Classroom (talking to students in schools about law careers) and Lawyer for a Day (having a student spend part of a day with the attorney to see what it’s like). 

·        Mock Trial – During the spring, about 50 area public and parochial high schools take part in the Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition.  The winner of this competition takes part in the state-wide competition, and the winner of that competition advances to the National High School Mock Trial Championship.  The YLD is always looking for volunteers to serve as volunteers (as an advisor, coach or judge) for the Philadelphia competition or for the mock trial law camp.  Last year, a Philadelphia high school (Overbrook High) advanced all the way to the national competition. 

·        Attorney Mentoring Program – For those who are looking for advice or for those who are looking to pass on what they have learned, the YLD’s mentoring program matches up newer attorneys with more experienced ones. 

These activities are only a sampling of the many opportunities to help out with the YLD.  If you are interested in becoming involved with YLD events, feel free to contact the new Chair of the Executive Committee, Brian Chacker (over a million people, give or take a million, attended his inauguration), at bchacker@gaychackermittin.net.   

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