24 Affiliate 1 (1998-1999)

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Projects and Plans:
Believe and
the Job Will
Get Done
By La Ronda D. Barnes
The world is what we think it is.
If we can change our thoughts, we can change the world.
-Hl.M Tomlinson (1877-1958)
n the enclosed 1998-99 Year at a Glance brochure and in
the July/August issue of The Affiliate, I outlined the theme,
projects, and plans for this bar year. Projects and plans, how-
ever, are merely words on paper if we do not truly believe in the
causes behind them or in our ability to implement them. From
Service to Seniors, our public service initiative for the elderly, to
Beyond the Boundaries, our membership service initiative on
professional development and
global awareness, to the reor-
ganization of the national
meeting and regional meeting
structure, each initiative
needs each of us to change
not only our thoughts, but
the thoughts of those around
Young and Old
We are a nation that focuses
attention on youth-to being
young, to looking young, to
serving the young. I believe as
much as anyone that the
youth are the future of our nation. But as a nation, we not only
have a future, we have a past and a present. We have our elderly.
People who changed our world by their past actions and people
who have much to give to us in our present.
I was blessed to grow up with aunts and uncles and grandpar-
ents who were well beyond the age of fifty when I was born. My
losing them early in my life is a personal tragedy, but it also has
motivated me to showcase the wisdom, experience, and guidance
that our seniors can bring to the lives of our children and our
colleagues; to encourage each of you to view old age, not as
something to fear or to regret, but as a time of continued inde-
pendence, dignity, and respect-a time to share a lifetime of
Each of us would be viewed by the average person as well-
educated with years of college, graduate school, and law school
and numerous degrees hanging on our walls. But if you take two
minutes to look at your life, did the most valuable lessons you
learned-the lessons that guide the major decisions in your life
and the lessons you will share with your children-come from a
textbook, a distinguished professor, and ivy-covered walls or from
late night chats with your parents, a walk with a favorite aunt or
uncle, or a visit with your grandmother at the family homestead?
I would venture to bet, it's the latter.
So as you attend the Fall and Spring AOP Meetings, as
you consider where to allocate your public service time,
remember the lessons you learned, take a moment to
thank those who taught us the lessons about life. Take a
moment to assist them in living productive and comfort-
able lives so they can continue to share those lessons with
Jo Ellen McBride and the Service to Seniors team have
La Ronda Barnes is  developed the tools to assist you in planning and imple-
Chair of the ABA/YLD  menting a program for the  that will meet the
and an attorney withaelderly
the Georgia Supreme  needs of your community and your affiliate. My heart is
Court's Central Staff in  with the homebound-those seniors who are seeking
Atlanta.           ways to stay in their own homes and remain independent
but who are often without the means of transportation,
finances, or educational skills to make their dream a reality.
Hence, the major project for duplication this year will be the
Senior Outreach Project in which young lawyers work with social
service and other agencies that already enter the homes of the
elderly to provide basic legal advice on financial powers of attor-
ney, durable powers of attorney for health care, consumer fraud

awareness, and elder abuse.
Several consumer pamphlets
will be available for affiliates to
distribute on home visits or on
visits to senior centers, commu-
nity centers, and senior fairs.
Programs on Advance
Directives workshops, Legal
Beagles, creating and distribut-
ing a senior citizens handbook,
and elder abuse prevention will
take place at the Fall AOP in
Philadelphia. Affiliate leaders
also will have an opportunity to
see a live demonstration of an
advance directives workshop,
conducted by the Philadelphia
Young Lawyers, at the public
service project on Friday,
October 30, 1998. The project
will take place at a local senior

center and give all of us a
chance to learn about senior
programs and help brighten the
center by painting, planting, and
leaving a little of the ABA/YLD
in Philly.
When in Rome
One of my duties as your chair
is to represent our young lawyer
group to international bar asso-
ciations and to bring their ideas
and, through the international
guests program, their leaders to
you. One of the most fascinating
aspects of meeting international
young lawyers is to become
aware of how much they know
about us. Many have attended
school here, have clients here,
continued on page 6

Networking News:
New Communications Team

By Richard C. Ogden
rom now on knowing whom to
contact to get your informa-
tion into the loop will not be a
problem. Beginning this year, the
ABA/YLD has consolidated all its
communications efforts into one
team. So if you don't know whether
ypu should contact the editor of The
Affiliate or theiABA/YLD %yebmaster,
and you don't even know wh6 th{se
people may be, just contact me.
In past years, the Division's com-
munications arms, The Affiliate, The
Young Lawyer, YLD at a Glance,
committee publications, and the
ABA/YLD webpage, operated inde-
pendently. Now, we
have a yearly plan
of action and a
team comprised of
the people in
charge of each
effort. We have
made some great
plans for the year.
The Affiliate will
feature short and
snappy articles; its
purpose, to com-
municate to state
and local affiliate leaders and
ABA/YLD leaders, remains the same.
New items in The Affiliate will be
very short reports on state and local
affiliate happenings, regular reports
on the Service to Seniors and
Beyond the Boundaries
projects, reports from the
Affiliate Assistance Team
on what resources are
available to affiliate lead-
ers, and information on
how to draft and submit
resolutions to the
ABA/YLD Assembly.
The Young Lawyer is
Richard C.
the most widely distrib-  ABA/YLD c
uted publication of the  tions direct
Division with a circula-  tices law w
Ogden & H
tion of well over 150,000  Oklahoma
young lawyers. The       Oklahoma.
Young Lawyer contains
practical information for young
lawyers whose only contact with the
ABA may be through this publica-
tion. The most recent survey results
show The Young Lawyer to be one

tor a

of the most popular and useful ABA
publications of all time.
Technology is where we are
headed. The ABA/YLD webpage is
another great resource to get and
post information. The webpage has
been redesigned this year to be
more exciting and user friendly.
Lori Weems, the vice-director of
Communications, has dedicated
many hours to making the webpage
a practical way to interact with the
Also, the Communications Team
is creating numerous listservs. I am
particularly excited about the list-
servs for all current state and local
affiliate leaders. Over
twenty listservs will
be created and the
s'          chances of you not
being a part of one
are slim. You should
have received a mes-
sage on your e-mail
telling you the list-
servs you are a mem-
ber of and how to
send e-mail messages
to your fellow mem-
As if that were not
enough change for one year, we are
drafting media plans to promote
the great activities of the ABA/YLD
to the public. Our first media event
will take place at the public service
project in Philadelphia. Working in
conjunction with the
ABA's Media Department
and the Philadelphia Bar
Association will guarantee
our success in this new
venture. Other media
events for the Los Angeles
Midyear Meeting and the
Boston AOP National
Conference are in the
en is
munica-  planning stages.
and prac-   I am excited about
Mulinix  the promise of the new
PA., in
Communications Team
and its projects. It is my
pleasure and honor to be
the first to lead the communica-
tions charge. Please e-mail me at
RCOgden@aol.com for information
or questions. I'm here to help. 01

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