29 Affiliate 1 (2003-2004)

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Young Lawyers Division
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Looking Forward to a Renaissance
By Jonathan Cole

W         elcome to the new bar year! Some of our
most exciting times and events lie before us.
It is my pleasure to introduce our initiatives
for the upcoming American Bar year.
Our primary public service focus will be serving
America's most vulnerable citizens: its children.
Through our advocacy-based initiative, One Child,
One Lawyer, we will make the lives of countless chil-
dren in this country better.
This is a three-part approach to serve America's
children by
1. Providing a voice in court through service as a
guardian ad litem,
2. Ensuring a more permanent and loving home by
facilitating pro bono guardianships and adop-
tions, and
3. Creating school-based legal clinics so that at
risk children can have their legal issues
addressed without interfering with their educa-
I challenge all young lawyers, particularly our state
and local affiliates, to consider
taking one case, one initiative,
or one effort to assist one child
this coming year.
Our objective is not to serve
all children with a broad brush.
Rather, we seek to make a fun-
damental difference in the life
of one child at a time. Children
are silently crying out for our
help in each and every commu-
-k.$               nity in which we live. It is our
U           duty and privilege to serve these
children. We alone, as lawyers,
can provide permanent answers

to some of their greatest questions. Only lawyers can
provide permanent homes, opportunities, and encour-
agement for them to succeed, and we will do so with
your help.
At our Fall National Public Service Conference in
Pittsburgh on October 9-12, we will hear from some of
the leading children's advocates in the country and
explore ways in which we can make an even greater dif-
ference. We will hold A Summit for Children that will
inspire, motivate, and lead you to providing a voice to a
child in your community. Please join me and your col-
leagues in Pittsburgh this fall to see how we will change
the lives of those children who so desperately need it.
Along with our role as the public service arm of the
ABA, we also serve as the national voice of young
lawyers. We will continue to promote issues important
to young lawyers this year. One way in which we will do

so is by advocating strength through diversity. This is a
programming-based initiative that will offer workshops
at each of our conferences this year. Through two of our
existing committees, Women in the Profession and
Minorities in the Profession, along with a newly created
committee, Lawyers with Disabilities, we will advocate
for ways in which our law firms, companies, bar organi-
zations, and, most importantly, communities can grow
and develop more effectively by including all individuals
in our society. The Lawyers with Disabilities Special
Commi ttee will also promote achievements of our col-
leagues who have and are currently overcoming some of
the greatest obstacles to success.
One highlight of the year will take place in Memphis
at the Spring National Public Service Conference. In the
birthplace of blues and home of the best barbecue, the
Minorities in the Profession Committee will be staging
the Trial of the Century, which will feature a CLE pres-
entation that re-enacts one of the trials that ultimately
led to the Brown v. Board ofEducation decision. Great
trial lawyers, joined by young lawyers as second chairs,
will present parts of the trial that changed the fabric of
America fifty years ago in the spring of 1954.
The Division also seeks to strengthen its ties with its
affiliated state and local bar organizations. Our network
of affiliates is unique in the ABA community. We will
provide services for state and local young lawyer groups
to build membership, deepen the commitment of their
existing members, and fulfill their own dreams. We
embrace the fact that anything that strengthens an affil-
iate will strengthen the ABA/YLD as well. To do so, we
will continue to offer the Affiliate leader's Forum, which
began in New Orleans, at the upcoming Fall and Spring
Conferences. At the ABA Midyear Meeting in San
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The Affiliate: Why Am I Getting This in the Mail?
By David Bryce Barber

o paraphrase a certain TV huckster, What can I
do to get you to read our publication? For
starters, I personally guarantee each reader fine
food and drink, CLE, professional development oppor-
tunities, live entertainment, networking opportunities
with successful and optimistic young lawyers from
across the country, and, if the mood and setting are
right, perhaps even a stirring rendition of a song of
your choice. To collect, simply attend one of the YLD's
National Conferences, where I will be more than happy
to point you in the right direction.
You receive The Affiliate
because you are a young lawyer
involved in the YLD or one of its
affiliates, such as a state or local
bar. It is your written connec-
tion to the YLD, its meetings,
agenda and resources. Things
are different this year: The
Affitiate will potentially reach
more active young bar leaders
than ever before. We are pleased
to have this unprecedented
opportunity to inform these
leaders of the work, benefits,

and vitality of the YLD. This first issue is targeted
specifically toward new bar leaders and offers a toolbox
of informative articles designed to assist them in effec-
tively managing a new bar year.
On the agenda for The Affiliate this year:
 Jonathan Cole's ambitious Special Project, One
Child, One Lawyer, will be detailed from start to
finish, in what will undoubtedly be an exciting
success story.
* Other success stories from around the YLD and
around the country will be profiled, to share inno-
vations in public and member service and to rec-
ognize affiliates with exceptional involvement or
 Articles will explain the Division's structure, pur-
pose, goals, and activities. Opportunities for fel-
lowships, grants, and awards will be announced.
Young lawyers looking for a roadmap will find
examples of proven paths to leadership.
 The problem-solving branch of the YLD, the
Affiliate Assistance Team, will be shown in action to
illustrate the tremendous benefits of this service.
 Our editors' contact information will be included
with each story. We ask for your input, story ideas,
and feedback. The Affiliate is a product of the

Division, and provides a service to affiliate leaders.
Please help us do our best.
 The structure of the YLD, the purpose and value of
affiliation, the mechanics of the affiliation process,
and the practical workings of the Division will be
explained in detail, with current examples and
 Young lawyer leaders will be profiled, with the
goal of sharing strategies for a full and rewarding
career in this-or any-professional service
organization. Bar leaders with special ties to the
YLD will also be profiled to demonstrate the con-
nections between this group and the larger bar
and professional communities.
 The most vibrant events of the YLD, our confer-
ences and meetings, will be reviewed and pre-
viewed for attendees and non-attendees alike.
Either way, this is your publication.
The lead paragraph of this forecast is not entirely
tongue-in-cheek, Please make use of the information
our editors will be working hard to provide and for-
ward any song requests in advance of the next confer-
Contact David Bryce Barber at dbarber@iglou.net.

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