Article Date: Saturday, October 01, 2011
The NCBA Young Lawyers Division Bulletin
Dates to Know
- October 14 - 16, 2011: 5th Annual Carolina Classic Mock Trial
Tournament, Koury Business Center,Elon University, Elon, NC
- October 19, 2011: Speed Networking Event, NCCU School of
- October 22, 2011: Wills for Heroes, Herman Simons Building,
Pitt Community College, Winterville, NC
- October 29, 2011: YLD Fall Quarterly Meeting, Charlotte School
of Law, Charlotte
- December 19, 2011: Wills for Heroes, Elon Law School,
To have a date included in the YLD Blast, please contact
Allyson Labban at Allyson.Labban@smithmoorelaw.com
*Specific Event Details*
The NCCU Student Bar Associaton is hosting a Speed Networking
event in coordination with the ABA, the NCCU School of Law career
services office and attorney volunteers from the YLD on October 19,
2011 at 4 pm at NCCU School of Law. YLD members are asked to
volunteer at the event to offer 2L's and 3L's post-law school tips
and pointers in the areas of: interviewing, pitfalls to avoid and
career paths. If interested in volunteering, please contact Deyaska
by Friday, October 7th.
Wills for Heroes
A Wills for Heroes event will be held in Greenville/Winterville,
NC on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The
event will take place at the Herman Simons Building on the campus
of Pitt Community College, located just off the intersection of
Firetower Road and Highway 11 South in Winterville, North Carolina,
28590. No prior estate planning background is needed to
participate, and training for attorneys will be held at 9:00 a.m.
and 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will draft wills, Durable Powers of
Attorney, and Health Care Powers of Attorney using
fill-in-the-blank HotDocs software. Notaries and witnesses are also
needed. Volunteers for the event may register at
Additional questions may be directed to Heidi Royal at HRoyal@rbh.com or Jillian Brevorka
If you cannot join us in Greenville, the next scheduled Wills
for Heroes event will take place in Greensboro, NC on December 19,
2011. Details will follow.
Volunteer Judges and Jurors Needed -
5th Annual Carolina Classic Mock Trial Tournament
Elon University competes in the American Mock Trial Association
and hosts the Carolina Classic Mock Trial Tournament. Judges are
needed for this year's tournament, which will take place on October
14, 15, and 16 at the Koury Business Center on Elon's main campus.
Judges and jurors rate the performance of teams on opening
statements, closing arguments, and direct and cross-examinations.
The case problem for this year is a criminal case (murder trial),
and it promises to bring out excellent work from the students. It
is exceptionally important that these students, coming from as far
away as Harvard and as near as UNC and Duke, get the experience of
trying cases before attorneys. The rules of evidence are a
simplified derivative of the federal rules. Because the trials are
supposed to be "jury trials", you do not need experience in Mock
Trial to serve as a judge. Volunteers are encouraged sign up for as
many rounds as they are available. Please consider serving as a
judge if your time allows. For more information, please visit the
Judge website at: http://org.elon.edu/mocktrial/Elon_Mock_Trial/Judges.html.
You can also contact Elon University's Adjunct Professor and
Competitive Teams Coach, William Warihay, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions or to sign up to participate.
*Committee and YLD News*
Join the Social Network
The North Carolina YLD maintains Facebook and LinkedIn pages in
order to update you about upcoming YLD events, discussions of
issues facing young lawyers in North Carolina, and valuable
networking opportunities. The YLD Facebook page currently has only
237 "likes," while the YLD has several thousand members. If you
have a Facebook page, check out our page and spread the word -
Young Lawyers Division (NCBA).
If you have photos of recent events or other information you
would like to share via Facebook or LinkedIn, please contact Erin
Meeks at email@example.com.
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.
P.O. Box 1085
Claremont, NC 28610
Do You Need a Mentor?
The NCBA and the YLD have successfully launched the NCBA
Mentoring Program. Experienced and dedicated mentors from around
the state are ready to assist young attorneys as traditional and
situational mentors. This is an ideal time to request a mentor.
Young attorneys have the opportunity to learn from judges,
litigators, mediators, negotiators, and arbitrators. From how to
get on a court's calendar, to how to handle a difficult client, to
how to manage the intense pressure of your career, the NCBA mentors
can help! For more information, go to the NCBA Mentoring Program
To serve as a mentor, please access the application and
additional information at:
*Article of the Month*
In New Term, Supreme Court to Tackle Hot-Button Issues
In this article, Nina Totenburg of NPR reviews the Supreme
Court's 2011 docket and provides an overview of upcoming cases that
will likely prove noteworthy.
*Event of the Month*
North Carolina State Fair
October 13-23, 2011
1025 Blue Ridge Road
Come join the over one million people who are expected to attend
the North Carolina State Fair 2011. The 11-day fair features midway
rides, livestock, agricultural, arts, and cultural exhibits, and
musical performances by such acts as Tift Merrit, Kansas, and
Kellie Pickler. Ticket booths open at 8 a.m. most days.
*Website of the Month*
Brush up on international law or keep abreast of recent
developments in the European Union with this fact-filled site. The
site provides news, summaries of EU law, and information about
European law firms.
*Blog of the Month*
This blog contains tips, information, and commentary about the
use of iPhones and iPads in legal practice, including reviews of
hardware and software products and discussions about potential
security risks and concerns.