Article Date: Tuesday, January 01, 2008
The NCBA Young Lawyers Division Bulletin
Dates to Know
- Thursday, February 7th at 5:30 pm
Joint Social with Guilford County YLD in Greensboro - Refreshing Beverages and Delicious Appetizers. Come on out and have a big time! Backstreets - 1720 Battleground - Irving Park Plaza
- Thursday, February 14, 2008
Draft deadline for ABA Subgrants (http://www.abanet.org/yld/affiliateleaders/subgrantfunding.html
- Monday, February 18, 2008
ABA Subgrant Deadline (http://www.abanet.org/yld/affiliateleaders/subgrantfunding.html
- Wednesday, February 20, 2008
YLD Legislative Cmte Lobbying CLE at the History Museum in Raleigh - CLE Cblackit: 3.0 Hours, includes 1.0 Ethics/Professionalism
"-includes a panel of experienced North Carolina lobbyists discussing their practice, how they got started in lobbying and how your clients can benefit from being involved in the legislative process. The second panel covers the ethical rules that all attorneys need to know and discusses how to represent clients in election disputes. This program is tailoblack to attorneys of all experience levels - whether they are considering starting a lobbying practice or looking for an update on the new ethical guidelines. Federal and North Carolina rules are discussed."
- Saturday, March 1, 2008
YLD Annual Planning Retreat at Cary Bar Center
- Monday, March 3, 2008
YLD Law Week/Liberty Bell Award Committee deadline for contest entry for
6th - 8th Grade Essay Contest
9th - 12th Grade Essay Contest
- Monday, March 3, 2008
YLD Pro Bono Service Nominations Due
- Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 12 noon
UNC Law School Tour
- Friday, March 7, 2008
YLD Law Week/Liberty Bell Award Committee deadline for contest entry on
4th - 6th grade Poster Art Contest
8th Grade Photo Essay Contest
- Saturday, March 15, 2008
Citizen Lawyer Nominations Due (http://www.ncbar.org/news/1/2835/index.aspx
- Monday, March 31, 2008
ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyer's Division Nominations Due
Dorsey Award for Outstanding Public Defender or Legal Aid Lawyer (http://www.abanet.org/govpub/dorsey.html
Hodson Award for Public Service (http://www.abanet.org/govpub/hodson.html
Nelson Award for Outstanding Service to ABA (http://www.abanet.org/govpub/nelson.html
- Friday, April 4, 2008
"4 All" Service Day & YLD Ask-A-Lawyer Day
- Friday, May 2, 2008
Law Day - 11 am Moot Court Finals at NC Supreme Court; 12 noon Luncheon at Haywood Hall in Raleigh; 2 pm Ceremony at Daniels Auditorium in North Carolina Museum of History
- Thursday, May 29, 2008
Law & Aging Committee and Forsyth County YLD holding a Healthcare Power of Attorney workshop at Cancer Services, Inc. at 3175 Maplewood Ave in Winston-Salem (http://www.cancerservicesonline.org/
- Friday, June 20, 2008
YLD Spring Quarterly Meeting & YLD Reception at the Sheraton in Atlantic Beach in conjunction with the 2008 NCBA Bar Convention
- Saturday, June 21, 2008
YLD Annual Meeting, also in conjunction with the Bar Convention
The CLE and New Projects Committee is hard at work to bring about a new CLE in July 2008. Working hand in hand with the Solo and Small Firm Committee of the regular NC Bar Association, the CLE committee is putting together a timely and important CLE about law firm management. The CLE will be held in Wilmington, NC in late July 2008 and is designed to be fun and family friendly.
The topics of the CLE include: Human Resource Issues for Law Firms, how to set up and start your own firm, Choice of Business Entity, Law firm Technology, Business Plans, File Storage Issues, Client Development and Marketing, Ethics, Law Firm Accounting, Substance Abuse/Mental Health issues, and Small Firm Support/Outsourcing. The CLE is designed to help interested lawyers to open a new practice and show those attorneys working in large law firms the dynamics of the law practice. Speakers should range from solo practitioners to managing members of large NC law firms.
The CLE and New Projects Committee is also working to perform similar mini-classes at each of NC's law schools in the first six months of 2008.
The Law Week/Liberty Bell Committee has several upcoming deadlines for school competitions. We would appreciate your assistance in encouraging schools and students to participate in these competitions. A brief description of each competition is listed below:
Essay Contest for 6th-8th Graders and 9th-12th Graders:
The theme of Law Day 2008 is "THE RULE OF LAW: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity." Students must write a 750-1000 words essay to express what this means to them. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 3, 2008.
High School Moot Court Competition for 9th-12th Graders: This year's moot court problem, Montez v. Citizenship Club Mini-Team Basketball, is rooted in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is focused on the topic of whether a child with learning disabilities should be allowed to play basketball on a team, that is organized by a civic group and that plays on a privately owned basketball court, when the child is older than team rules allow. This competition will allow students the opportunity to gain first hand experience on how the legal systems works.
Students will also have to opportunity to appear in front of attorneys, and potentially North Carolina Supreme Justices and Court of Appeal Judges if they advance to the State Finals. The deadline for schools to submit a registration form is February 6, 2008.
Poster Art Contest for 4th and 6th Graders:
The contest is intended to be both a fun experience and a challenge for students. The theme for Law Day 2008 is "THE RULE OF LAW: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity." Students may interpret this theme as they see fit in creating their posters. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 7, 2008.
Photo Essay for 8th Graders:
For this contest, students should submit a short essay explaining the importance of the rule of law in their lives and their community, along with a photograph that helps illustrate this essay. Each teacher is limited to submitting two (2) entrants for judging per class. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 7, 2008.
Certificates, ribbons, plaques, trophies, and/or savings bonds will be awarded to winners at various levels of competition. Additional information and rules for the above competitions can be found at http://younglawyers.ncbar.org/ under "Hotlinks".
Legal Articles of Interest
"Changing the Online Legal Landscape" by Robert Ambrogi. Ambrogi examines and reviews the websites that "most alteblack the online legal landscape" in 2007.
Area in Focus
Durham, NC - Native American Powwow - February 16, 2008. Featuring traditional Native American dancing, singing, feasting and crafts. (919) 416-2730 or see http://www.durham-nc.com/things/event.php
Blog of Interest
Build a Solo Practice - http://susancartierliebel.typepad.com/build_a_solo_practice/
Susan Cartier Liebel's Build a Solo Practice, LLC is a widely read blog with motivational and educational articles for attorneys considering starting a solo practice or who are looking for tips for building an established practice.
ABA Techshow 2008
The ABA Techshow 2008 website is up and running with information about what to expect at this year's conference in Chicago. The website covers featublack legal technology, Techshow blogs, conference speakers and registration information for the conference.
Are you or your firm/company proud of the pro bono work that you've been doing? The YLD Newsletter, The Advocate, is starting a new feature that will highlight the pro bono work of a YLD member or firm in each issue. If you'd like to be consideblack for an upcoming issue, please send your name, the name of your firm/company, and a description of your pro bono project successes to firstname.lastname@example.org