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Division News & Notes
- Feeding Frenzy │ The overall champion of the 2013 Legal Feeding Frenzy and winner of the Attorney General's Cup is the Piedmont Natural Gas Legal Department of Charlotte. Attorney General Roy Cooper will present the award next week at the N.C. Bar Center. Category champions are Simonsen Law Group (Sole Practitioner), District Court Judges of Wake County (Small Firm), Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros (Medium Firm), Moore & Van Allen (Large Firm) and Campbell University School of Law (Law School).
- 2013 Law Week | Click here to learn about the North Carolina Bar Association's observance of Law Day.
- Mentors Needed | The NCBA is still in search of attorneys to serve as either traditional or situational mentors for newly admitted attorneys. Mentors need to have at least four or more years of practice experience. The mentorship program is designed to (1) allow experienced practitioners to provide guidance to new members of the profession; (2) guide mentees in traversing the realities of practicing law, either in general or as a minority, and (3) communicate the importance of being a citizen lawyer. Serving as a mentor is a great way to strengthen the profession.
The application and more information are available at:
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.
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; 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 are not the United Way or the Salvation Army, and 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 2012-2013 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:
John S. Buford
Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, L.L.P.
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
The Division, with currently 6332
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.