12 Affiliate 1 (1986-1987)

handle is hein.journals/aff12 and id is 1 raw text is: Affiliate Outreach Project
BY RICHARD J. WEISS

Affiliates

Those of us who are haves are both
obligated and privileged to help the
have nots in our society. The Young
Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Amer-
ican Bar Association is in a unique
position to help those less fortunate,
less educated, and less cared for. The
Affiliate Outreach Program, or
AOP, is a standing committee of
the YLD dedicated to this public ser-
vice work.
Faced with trying to provide some
sort of meaningful public service on a
nationwide basis, constrained both
by the enormity of the task and limita-
tions on funds, the current philosophy
of the AOP is embodied in the follow-
ing adage: give a person food and he
can eat for a day; teach a person to
farm and he will never be hungry.
The YLD includes among its mem-

bers creative and dedicated young at-
torneys from all over the country. On
a daily basis, members of the YLD
provide help to the needy in their
home communities ranging from
small towns to major metropolitan
areas. Some perform these services
on an individual basis and others as
part of an organized state or local bar
association effort. The YLD main-
tains formal and informal relation-
ships with young lawyer groups
across the country, and through this
network of affiliated organizations
has access to the newest and most ef-
fective ways for bar associations and
individual lawyers to participate in
public service projects.
The essence of the AOP is that suc-
cessful public service projects from
all over the country can be collected,

distilled, catalogued, and then dis-
seminated to other bar association
groups either as ideas for new projects
or as aids to ongoing projects needing
help. A local bar association need only
inquire to learn how a certain project
may have been done previously.
Through the AOP, it will have access
to all of the materials, resources, and
individuals who made that project a
success in another affiliate. Thus, the
AOP is an information clearinghouse
of public service projects to which
local bar association groups can come
for ideas on a specific project or help
in selecting a public service project to
undertake.
The focal point of this clearing-
house effort is two public service con-
ferences held each fall and spring.
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