26 Affiliate 1 (2000-2001)

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Defending Liberty
Pursuing Justice

American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
750 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-4497
ISSN: 0360-5485

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By Brian Melendez

These remarks were addressed to the Young Lawyers Division Assembly,
Saturday, July 8, 2000, during the ABA Annual iveeting in iew York.
Formy first act as Chair, let me offer a
I prayer of thanksgiving, for the good
year just ending; a prayer of hope for the
new bar year that, whatever good pur-
pose this organization may serve, we
young lawyers will submit our organiza-
tion and ourselves as fit instruments for
that purpose; and a prayer of fellowship
that, while doing good work together,
we will also share good times and enjoy
good friends. For myself, I thank you for
your confidence in me, and I thank God
for this opportunity for service, for both
Brian Aielenlez is Chair of theof which I am truly grateful. I will stay
Division and practices law with  mindful that my office is a privilege that
Faegre & Benson LLP in Minneapolis,  you have granted, not some right to
Minnesota.                       which I am entitled, and that I am here
.         onlyas a steward..  .
Let me open the new bar year by presenting the team that will help me
lead the Division and administer its programs. You have already met the
elected leaders: the other officers and the constitutional representatives.
Let me now present the appointed leadership: the directors and coordi-
nators who will help run the Division:
Administrative Director:
Lori K. Weems, Miami, Florida
Affiliate Outreach Director:
Jonathan Cole, Nashville, Tennessee
Bar Leadership Director:
Amanda Young Kay, Carson City, Nevada
Senior Committee Director:
Walter W. Karnstein, Portland, Oregon
Committee Directors:
Aurora A. Abella-Austriaco, Chicago, Illinois
M. Bryan Little, Groveport, Ohio
Timothy M. Lupinacci, Birmingham, Alabama
Communications Director:
Christopher Glembocki, Washington, D.C.
Membership Director:
Palmer G. Vance I, Lexington, Kentucky
Public Service Director:
Andrea S. Hartley, Miami, Florida
Administrative Coordinator:
Willie J. Epps, Jr., St. Louis, Missouri
Council Coordinator:
Stephen J. Curley, Stamford, Connecticut
Diversity Coordinator:
James M. Durant II, Woodbridge, Virginia
Meetings Coordinator:
Stacie L. Brown, Las Vegas, Nevada
Professional Development Coordinator:
O'Kelly E. McWilliams I, Washington, D.C.
Please join me in welcoming these directors and coordinators.
Each administration customarily designates two focuses for public ser-
vice and member service, which typically generate special projects,
that serve as themes for that year.
The Division's first focus this year is law and the student citizen: help-
ing today's youth learn about, understand, and appreciate their rights,
their responsibilities, and their relationships in a democratic and diverse
society. The perspective of the student citizen is unique, and valuable,
and hard to regain later in life, and we must hear it and listen to it if we

want this nation to sustain itself as a free and
democratic society in the years and generations
ahead. Democracy is not easy, and the democra-
tic institutions that we take for granted-a writ-
ten constitution, an independent judiciary, a bill
of rights, freedom of conscience, and the rule of
law itself-are under a constant attack that they
will not survive unless each generation em-
braces them for its own. Three special projects
will revolve around this focus:
Coming of Age, from Texas and Nevada: a ju-
venile-justice program that informs students
about their rights and responsibilities as they
enter the adult world.
Project Managers:
Brett Kandt, Carson City, Nevada
Barrett F Watson, Dallas, Texas
Operation Arbitration, an original project,
in which volunteer young lawyers will hear and
decide real-life diSputes involving students,_
student groups, and their school communities.
This project will help students learn about how
the justice system works, help them value the
rule of law, and let them and their communi-
ties see lawyers in a positive problem-solving
role as pro-bono peacemakers.
Project Managers:
Julie C. Bretz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sonia Miller-Van Oort, Minneapolis,

Teens Speak Out, from Arizona: a project
that brings together students with policy-
makers and other community leaders, so that
those leaders can hear about the policies and
priorities that are important to the next gen-
Project Managers:
Katerina M. Eftimoff, Columbus,
Kelly Schwab, Phoenix, Arizona
The Division's second focus next year will
be a familiar one: combating domestic vio-
lence. Domestic violence is the nation's lead-
ing cause of injury to women. The Division
will continue its focus on programs that
help combat this tragic epidemic.
Project Managers:
Tiffani G. Lee, Miami, Florida
Daniel S. Wittenberg, San Francisco,
Please join me in welcoming these special
project managers.
Let me now share with you my vision for
this organization.
Anyone who spends time around the bar
association, or any other nonprofit
continued on page 7

London 2000 a Success
The ABA/YLD's London program,
Common Bonds, Common
Challenges: Women, Minorities and
Younger Lawyers in the 21st
Century, attracted nearly 300
London Annual Meeting attendees.
The stellar panel, headed up by
Cherie Booth, wife of Prime Minister                       V
Tony Blair, and moderated by Greta
Van Susteren, discussed timely
issues of interest to women, minori-
ty, and younger lawyers and com-
pared the United States and the
United Kingdom relevant to the    Angela Williams, Jennifer Wade, andAngela
issues discussed. Q               Oh meet with program attendees.

Program Chair Raquel Rodriguez (far left) and the program panel.

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