Career Opportunities, Social Opportunities: The Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee
In hard times such as these, relationships matter more than ever. Especially for young lawyers. Whether you are trying to find a job, seek career advice, vent frustrations, start a debate, advocate a cause, or just have a good time, you are going to need some folks you like and respect. I tell everyone who will listen that the place to find such people in Philadelphia is the Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. It’s a collegial, big-tent organization that has something for every young lawyer.
I first got involved—with a colleague’s encouragement—primarily as an extension of my longstanding work with teens from disadvantaged backgrounds. The citywide high school mock trial program, co-administered by the YLD and Temple Law, was a perfect opportunity. But I quickly came to appreciate the vast constellation of YLD programming, from networking and social events to community outreach to legal education and mentoring. I also quickly noticed how diverse and inclusive the YLD is, a sharp contrast to the prevailing image of the legal profession. The YLD’s leadership and general membership included folks of all genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, and political leanings (not to mention all areas of law practice and various geographical roots). To my pleasant surprise, the common goals of career development and community outreach far outweighed those myriad differences. In working closely with my fellow members of the YLD Executive Committee on its vast mission and programming slate, I have found people I both like and respect. People who will refer a client, make an introduction or a phone call, give advice, listen to frustrations, engage in a debate, help advocate a cause, and most certainly have a good time.
To get to know some of the Executive Committee and other membership, come to the networking happy hour on Tuesday, October 11, at 6 p.m. at Ladder 15. It will include an info session on the upcoming Executive Committee elections for all who are interested. Event is free but registration recommended. Crowd is friendly, dress is business or business casual. Spread the word, come through, and we’ll see you there.