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  • Law Day Moot Court Competition | The Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association will be hosting its annual Law Day Moot Court Competition for high school students across the State along with the other traditional Law Week contests: Essay, Photo-Essay, Poster and Video. The moot court problem and registration forms are now available for downloading. For more information, please click the following link: http://younglawyers.ncbar.org/resources/projects/2014-law-week/2014-law-week-moot-court-materials.
  • Feeding Frenzy | The 2014 Legal Feeding Frenzy competition will begin March 10, 2014 and run through March 28, 2014. The Legal Feeding Frenzy is a joint program of the YLD, Attorney General Roy Cooper, and the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks to reduce food insecurity through a statewide food and fund drive competition among law firms, law schools, and legal organizations. Attorney General Cooper will award the coveted Attorney General's Cup to the organization with the highest overall per-person donations within five categories. The 2013 competition raised 180,000 pounds of food, providing the equivalent of 150,000 meals for our hungry neighbors across the state.

Welcome to the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association! We are proud of our long tradition as the "Service Arm" of the bar, both in service to our members and in service to our neighbors and communities.

The YLD is open to all NCBA members who are under age 36 or are in their first three years of practice. We are an open tent, regardless of race, gender, geography, employer, or practice. We are not just for young lawyers in the I-85/I-40 corridor between Charlotte and Raleigh. We are not just for big firm associates, or for small firm associates, or for solo practitioners or government attorneys or public interest attorneys. We want to serve all young lawyers from Murphy to Manteo, from a home office to the highest floor in the tallest building. If you think the YLD is not for you, give us a chance to convince you otherwise.

Please take a moment to explore our website and learn more about the YLD:

  • View our Calendar of Events to discover upcoming meetings and service projects around the state.
  • See our Committee Signup Form to learn about the various projects we'll be undertaking between now and next June, and fill out the form to volunteer for one of these programs.
  • Learn about the NCBA's two-track Mentorship Program, with options for both traditional, one-on-one mentorship and situational, topical mentorship. If you're in your first four years of practice, sign up to receive a mentor; if you’ve been around a while longer, sign up to become a mentor. (Remember, as an NCBA member, you receive priority over non-members for mentorship assignments).
  • Review our award-winning newsletter, The Advocate, to see what we've been up to and what you can expect in the future.

Joining and becoming active in the YLD is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met a number of young attorneys outside the "comfort zones" of my practice and my city, and have made valuable connections in other areas of the bar outside the YLD; I’ve been inspired by the leaders of our bar donating their time and talents in the service of their fellow members and fellow citizens. We can’t solve all of the problems around us, but we can certainly take a shot at some of the issues that we’re uniquely qualified to address.

I am pleased and proud to serve as chair of the YLD for the 2013-2014 bar year. My leadership team and I will be available in person, by phone and by e-mail to discuss with YLD members how we can best serve our membership, the future of the legal profession in North Carolina.

To contact me:
Clark Christopher Walton
e-mail: clark@alexanderricks.com
Alexander Ricks PLLC
2901 Coltsgate Rd Ste 202
Charlotte, NC 28211

The Division, with currently 6454 members, sponsors CLE programs and services; provides members with a substantive newsletter; and helps mold the association's legislative agenda for presentation to the N.C. General Assembly. The newsletter, the Adovcate, offers an index of its articles and CLE topics.
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