23 Affiliate 1 (1997-1998)

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THE AOP
What Is It and What Can It Do for You?
By Carl Baker

T he Affiliate Outreach Project, or
AOP, is the heart of the ABA
Young Lawyers Division (the
ABA/YLD). The AOP reaches out
to young lawyer sections of state
and local bar associations to pro-
vide assistance and guidance in
managing their young lawyer
groups, to share ideas and informa-
tion about the activities of other af-
filiates around the country, and to
encourage affiliates' implementation
of public and member service projects.
The AOP is designed as a forum in which
affiliates from across the country come togeth-
er to share ideas on how to better serve the
public and their members. It strives to create a
productive atmosphere in which affiliates can
be exposed to great ideas on everything from
public service projects to professional develop-
ment tips while, at the same time, having a
good time. The AOP accomplishes this through
its four constituent committees.
Affiliate Assistance
The Affiliate Assistance Team, chaired by
Russell T. Ginise (213/272-2711), is an invalu-
able resource to ABA/YLD affiliates. Each
member of the team has expertise in affiliate
management and organization, has served as
an affiliate bar leader, and has worked through
many of the same problems faced by young
lawyer leaders new to their positions. The
team's mission is to provide assistance on
issues involved with affiliate management such
as fundraising, membership retention and/or
recruitment, publicity, and project implementa-
tion. This assistance is available at ABA/YLD
meetings and AOP conferences. In addition,
upon request, team members can make presen-
tations at your local affiliate meetings.
Affiliate Assistance members will be avail-
able for consultation at the Fall AOP
Conference in Tampa, Florida. If you would
like to schedule an appointment or arrange for
a visitation, contact Toni Harris at
312/988-5629.
The Affiliate Newsletter
The Affiliate newsletter is a publication for
affiliate leaders. Its purpose is to: (1) inform
affiliates around the country about events and
meetings of the Affiliate Outreach Project and
the ABA/YLD; (2) inform affiliates regarding
ABA/YLD resources that are available to them;
(3) showcase public service projects imple-
mented by affiliates to encourage other affili-
ates to implement similar projects; and (4) to
disseminate useful information to affiliates
regarding affiliate management, professional
development, and other topics of interest to
affiliates and their mem-
bers. To this end, The
Affiliate previews and
reports on ABA/YLD con-
ferences and features arti-
cles concerning special pro-
jects undertaken by the
ABA/YLD. Informative
columns on leadership, pro- Carl Baker is an assis-
fessional development,     tant editor of The
quality of life, easy pro-  Affiliate and practices
law with Simon &
jects, and the new comput-  Schuster in NewYork,
er column, Plugged In,    NewYork.
provide insight into what being a young lawyer
is all about.
If you have any questions concerning The
Affiliate or would like to see a particular topic

addressed by
the newslet-
ter, please con-
tact Candace
Duff at
305/579-0657.

National
Conferences
The National
Conferences Team
plans and organizes
the AOP National
Conferences that are held in the fall and
spring of each year.
At AOP conferences, young lawyer bar lead-
ers from affiliates all over the country meet for
a few days to showcase and share ideas on suc-
cessful projects and programs developed by
their affiliates. Successful affiliate programs
are showcased in small group workshops or
panel discussions at the conferences. At the
end of each program, each attendee receives a
workbook containing all the information neces-
sary to replicate the program in his or her
affiliate back home.
Affiliates are encouraged to send represen-
tatives to AOP conferences. The National
Conferences Team randomly selects sites for
the conferences to give each geographical area
of the country affordable access to the meet-
ings. This year's Fall AOP National Conference
will be held in Tampa, Florida, on October
16-19, 1997. The Spring AOP Conference will
be held in La Jolla, California, from May
14-16, 1998. If you have any questions
regarding the AOP conferences, please contact
Henry Hamilton III at 515/284-5737.
AOP Subgrants Committee
Every year, the AOP offers financial incentives
(subgrants) to affiliates in an effort to encour-
age the implementation of public and member
service projects. The ABA/YLD Subgrants
Committee reviews project proposals submit-
ted by affiliates and selects those proposals
that meet their criteria. Applications for public
service subgrants are mailed in September of
each year and completed applications are due
by mid-November. Member service subgrants
go out in January and are due back in mid-
March. If you don't receive an application and
need one, let Toni Harris know, at 312/988-
5629.
For more information concerning subgrants,
please contact Steve Curley at 203/351-4264.
Discover What the AOP Can Do for You!
As with anything in life, you will get out of the
AOP what you put into it. To find out what the
AOP can do for you and your affiliate start
with the Fall AOP Conference in Tampa,
Florida, October 16-19, 1997. AOP confer-
ences are carefully planned and are a lot of
fun. Each host committee goes out of its way
to design social events that highlight the host
city's unique flavor. Besides the fellowship and
great programs, enjoy the Florida sunshine
and hospitality. The Tampa host committee
has a great program in store for you. And at
the Spring AOP, for the first time, we are join-
ing forces with TIPS (the ABA Section of
Torts and Insurance Practice) in La Jolla,
California. Arrive early and select from twelve
CLE programs offered by TIPS on Wednesday,
May 13, and Thursday, May 14. Watch for the
full brochure the first week in January. 0i

W hen The Affiliate's editors
got together in Chicago to
plan this year's articles, the first
topic of discussion was, What is an
affiliate? Who are our readers?
What should they expect to gain
from reading this
newsletter? We realized  W   h
that the name of this    V    U
newsletter-The
Affiliate-needed some    Affi
explanation.
An affiliate of the   By Mia
American Bar
Association Young Lawyers
Division (ABA/YLD) is a young
lawyers section of a parent bar
association, typically a state or
county bar association. An affiliate
exists in its own right, with
its own bylaws and members
(75 percent of whom must be
eligible for membership in the
ABA/YLD). Often, there is
more than one affiliate per state.
An affiliate is not controlled by the
ABA/YLD, nor does it report to
the ABA/YLD. Rather, an affiliate
becomes a part of the
ABA/YLD because of its par-
ticipation in ABA/YLD pro-
jects, meetings, and activi-
ties.
It should be noted
that affiliates vary in
size, purpose, and resources.
Some affiliates have budgets
exceeding $100,000, while others
have shoestring budgets. The gov-
erning structure of some
affiliates has officers who
are appointed by the
senior bar, while other
affiliates elect their own
officers. No matter the differences
among them, all affiliates seem to
need and benefit from involvment
with the ABA/YLD.
Why Am I Getting This
Newsletter?
The purpose of this newslet-
ter-The Affiliate-is to
convey information to
bar leaders around the
country as to events, meetings, sub-
grants, and other resources of the
ABA/YLD and to inspire new pro-
jects through feature articles high-
lighting individual affiliate pro-
jects and persons involved      _
in public service and mem-
bership support.
This newsletter has a limit-
ed circulation. It is sent to
bar leaders of young lawyer affili-
ates. It is not intended to be a gen-
eral service for ABA/YLD mem-
bers, but rather a specific publica-
tion for affiliates
and their leaders.
While attempts
are made to keep
the mailing list
current, affiliate
leaders should
ensure that the
ABA/YLD is pro-   Mia 1. Frieder is the
associate editor of The
vided with the    Affiliate and practices
names of new      law with Ellerin &
Associates in Atlanta,
leadership.       Georgia.
Immediately fol-
lowing annual elections, mail or fax
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