Article Date: Friday, July 01, 2011
The NCBA Young Lawyers Division Bulletin
Dates to Know
- July 1, 2011 – Start of the 2011-2012 Bar Year
To have a date included in the YLD Blast, please contact Allyson Labban at Allyson.Labban@smithmoorelaw.com
*Committee and YLD News*
Committee Involvement for the 2011-2012 Bar Year
The YLD encourages all its members to get involved in its social and community service opportunities by joining a YLD committee. Information about the YLD’s various committees and their areas of focus and the sign-up sheet are available at:
Please review the information, select three committees that meet your interests, and return the completed form to Meredith Priestley, YLD Administrative Division Director, via e-mail or U.S. mail:
P.O. Box 1085
Claremont, NC 28610
Join Our Online Community
YLD members can join our online communities on Facebook and LinkedIn for information about upcoming YLD events, discussions of issues facing young lawyers in North Carolina, and valuable networking opportunities
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:
Pro Bono & Poverty Issues Committee – Panel Members Needed
The YLD Pro Bono & Poverty Issues Committee sponsors a Pro Bono Panel series at which attorneys provide advice to individuals in need. During the 2010-2011 Bar year, the Committee has presented three such panels. If you are interested in serving on a panel in your part of the state, please contact Oliver Carter at email@example.com or Bryan Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Membership and Networking Committee Social
As part of its mission, the Membership & Networking Committee is reaching out to rural and under-represented bars and judicial districts to seek a broader and more diverse membership in the NCBA and the YLD. As a part of this effort, the YLD Membership & Networking Committee hosted an after work social in Asheboro on June 29 at Lumina Wine Bar. Young lawyers from Randolph, Moore, and Montgomery County were invited along with the District Court Judges in the judicial district. Fifteen lawyers and judges attended the event. Margaret Megerian of the firm Megerian & Wells served as the local liaison and worked with the Membership & Networking Committee to select the venue and publicize the event to local attorneys. The event was co-sponsored by Robbins Kreider PLLC, which donated additional funding for the networking social.
The local attorneys in Asheboro are planning a follow-up event to build on the success of the networking social and possibly form a local YLD organization. Details about upcoming events will be posted on the YLD Facebook page and detailed in the YLD Blast.
*Article of the Month*
Dealing With Disasters – Emergency Preparedness
Law Practice Today
ABA Law Practice Management Section
This special edition of Law Practice Today, the monthly webzine of the ABA's Law Practice Management Section, contains articles focused exclusively on legal issues that arise during and after a disaster.
*Event of the Month*
8th Annual Wild Horse Days
July 5-7, 2011
1126 Schoolhouse Lane
Corolla, NC 27917
The Corolla Wild Horse Days will be held July 5-7 at the Corolla Schoolhouse in historic Corolla Village. Events and exhibits are designed for the whole family and include Spanish Mustang rides, children’s games and activities, live music, a wild horse training clinic, a petting zoo, a silent auction, and wine and microbrew tastings. Food, artwork, and crafts will also be featured.
*Website of the Month*
Beginning July 1, NCBA members will have access to CasemakerElite, an upgraded and expanded version of the online legal research site that has been included as an NCBA member benefit for 10 years. CasemakerElite offers a "Google-like" search interface that is easy and intuitive to use. The program also offers management folders you can use to automatically organize your research and create personalized notes, and will allow you to pull your search history and bookmark frequent searches and sites to make research easier and more efficient.
*Blog of the Month*
The Hytech Lawyer
Written by Bill Latham, an attorney with over 19 years of experience as a litigator in an AMLaw 200 firm, this blog focuses on technology solutions for law practice and provides good reviews and best practice tips with a focus on security.