28 Affiliate 1 (2002-2003)

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Young Lawyers Division
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Tlie newesletter and resource guide for bar leaders nationaide
A Publication of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division * http://www.abanot.org/yld
In the Presence of Possibility
By Alan 0. Olson

s we embark upon a new bar year, the
Young Lawyers Division remains firmly
committed to serving the public and our
honorable profession. As you contemplate your
availability for service through the Division,
consider the meaningful and lasting difference
you could make in the lives of
real people, including yourself.
The ABA/YLD is the largest
entity of the largest voluntary
professional organization in the
world and, as such, constitutes
the national voice of young
lawyers. We are 140,000 mem-
bers strong. Together, we have
the ability to extend a group in-
vitation for increased member-
ship, to share collective wisdom
for enhancing our skills and to
sound a unified voice for deliver-

ing public service.
Those of you with whom I have served are
keenly aware of my unwavering dedication to in-
cluding every interested lawyer in planning and
in executing the Division's business. Inclusion,
synergy and teamwork are the hinges upon which
the 2002-03 Division delivery door will swing.
The value of everyone's membership increases by
harnessing our collective life experiences.
Service to Members
Throughout the 2002-03 bar year, the Division
will address the single-most important profes-
sional issue to young lawyers throughout this
country: balancing personal and professional
responsibilities. Achieving balance requires
self-discipline, competence, organization and
efficiency. Maintaining good health and manag-
ing multiple tasks is critical.
The Division's national conferences and pub-

lications will present specific strategies for
achieving balance relevant to three distinct
stages of young lawyer career development: the
new lawyer (one-two years of practice), the ex-
perienced new lawyer (three-five years of prac-
tice) and the veteran young lawyer (six-nine
years). In addition to offering conference pro-
gramming readily adaptable for presentation at
the state and local affiliate levels, the Division
will publish a collection of specific strategies for
achieving balance for use by individual attor-
neys seeking harmony in their hectic schedules.
This resource guide will be introduced at the
ABA Midyear Meeting in early 2003.
Service to the Public
Since its inception, the Division has fostered a
tradition of excellence in the delivery of public
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A Great Time to Be an American Lawyer
An Interview with ABA President A.P. Carlton, Jr.
By David Bryce Barber
Qur new ABA President, A.R Carlton, Jr.,
spent enough time flying in airplanes dur-
ing his Air Force service before law school
that his favorite movie is Top Gun. That he put
his private career on hold to serve during the
Vietnam War reflects the strong commitment to
service that he brings to the ABA While his time
practicing law is now down to two or three hours
a day, the fact that he continues to practice
reflects his judgment that it would be awful for
the ABA to have a president who didn't practice
law.
Mr. Carlton began practicing law in 1975-a
time, he would like you to know, when there
were far fewer lawyers and no fax machines. His
bar service began when two friends nominated
hin for a position at the state level when he
wasn 1 looking and continued as he rose to lead
his state YLD. His four years in the Air Force
meant less time i which to participate in the
ABA/YLD, but he became the back-room guy in
several campaigns in the Division. Mr. Carlton
was introduced to the senior bar as a liaison to
the Standing Committee on Continuing                        A.P Carlton, Jr.
Education and continued in service on that com-
mittee after leaving the    lawyer, the faith of the American public in the
YLD.                        judiciary end many, other isesues that will face
Ultimately, Mr. Carlton   our generation of lawyers in the coming decades.
was persuaded to run for    As you will read below, however, he also believes
office in the ABA by        our fate is to a large degree in our own hands,
friends who suggested that  and that we stand-as a profession-at a
he ought to nin his own     moment of great opportunity.
campaign for a change. In      The Affiliate: Is the billable hour a thing of the
1996, he won election as    past?
Chair of the House of               Mr. Carlton: One of the things we're going to
Delegates by three votes,   be addressing over the next decade or two is the
A.R Carlton, Jr., is con-  age-old question of how you value lawyers' ser-
cemed about the image of    vices. I'm willing to bet the answer is not going
the modem American                                    continued on page 7

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