33 Affiliate 1 (2007-2008)

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Pursuing Justice

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The newsletter and resource guide for bar leaders nationwide
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Wills for Heroes-Answer the Call
By DanielJ. T McKenna

n August 11, 2007, during the ABA Annual Meeting
in San Francisco, the ABA Young Lawyers Division
officially introduced its 2007-2008 Public Service
Project, Wills for Heroes, a program created by Anthony
Hayes and Jeff Jacobson that pairs volunteer attorneys with
first responders who need help with estate planning. Since
the creation of Wills for Heroes, the program has posi-
tively impacted first responders nationwide by fulfilling a
real need in our communities.
In conjunction with the Annual
Meeting, the ABA YLD held its
first Wills for Heroes program of
2007 at a San Francisco firehouse.
YLD   and   Wills  for  Heroes
Foundation members attended a
preliminary training course pro-
vided by a local trust and estates
lawyer before their participation in
the firehouse visit. Throughout
the day, local volunteer attorneys
helped thirty-nine first responders
and their families to create estate
planning  paperwork   using  a
LexisNexis system called HotDocs.
Danielle Barger, a San Diego trusts

and estates lawyer, quarterbacked the event and ensured
that the testamentary documents complied with California
law. Representatives from LexisNexis Cares also attended
the event to answer any questions the volunteer attorneys
encountered. Over the course of the day, members inter-
acted with a number of first responders who recognized
the importance of estate planning but had never taken the
time to do it. Before leaving the firehouse at the end of the
day, the group had already received requests to hold a fol-
low-up event for first responders in San Francisco who
could not attend.
The energy created by the event was tremendous and
turned the media on its head by highlighting positive con-
tributions of our legal community. As a result of an
Associated Press article by a reporter who visited the fire-
house that day, the Foundation has already received over
ten requests from first responder organizations in California
to hold Wills for Heroes programs in their areas.
I experienced the personal impact of the Wills for
Heroes program as an alarm bell sounded at the fire-
house. An announcement followed the bell that prompt-
ed virtually every firefighter to rush out of the room with-
in seconds, leaving the remaining volunteer lawyers star-
ing at empty seats. We looked around, quizzically won-
dering where the firefighters had gone and for what rea-

son. Then, it dawned on me: not a single firefighter hesi-
tated for even an instant before responding to the alarm.
At first, they may have been unsure about what kind of
emergency they were responding to, just as I was when
attending my first Wills for Heroes event. But they knew
they had been called on to protect someone and that it
was their responsibility to answer the call-and that was
all they needed to know.
Wills for Heroes reminds us that as attorneys we
have a similar responsibility-to protect the members of
our communities. And, it is time for each of us to answer
the call. Local young lawyer organizations can easily and
immediately implement the Wills for Heroes program.
The ABA YLD and the Wills for Heroes Foundation can
provide the necessary documents and materials to con-
duct the program and will ensure that the free software
conforms to your state's requirements. The Foundation
will also assist you in developing partnerships with local
first responders. Then, once the program is implement-
ed, it is yours to manage as you see fit. In addition many
firms provide pro bono credit for the time spent by attor-
neys on the program.
If you are interested in instituting Wills for Heroes in
your affiliate, please visit www.abanet.org/yld/wills and com-
plete the Wills for Heroes Implementation Forms, or con-
tact Dan McKenna at mckennad@ballardspahrcom. Please
also plan to attend the Wills for Heroes program at Fall
Conference in Charlotte, which is being sponsored by the
North Carolina Bar Association YLD. 1

Y       ou are holding in your hands a copy of the first is-
sue of this year's The Affiliate. Ever heard of us? If
not, read on ....
What Is The Affiliate and Why Are You Receiving It?
The Affiliate is the American Bar Association Young
Lawyers Division newsletter written by young lawyersfor
young lawyers. The newsletter is published six times a
year and is sent to young lawyers who are leaders in their
local, regional, state, or national young lawyer divisions
and sections. Remember to visit www.abanet.org/yldl
affiliateleaderslupdate.html to update the contact informa-
tion for the leaders of your young bar organization so the
newsletter continues to fall into the right hands.
The main goal of The Affiliate is to provide practical and
timely information about programs and services that affili-
ates can immediately implement in their local or regional
young lawyers organizations, such as articles on program-
ming, fundraising, and membership recruitment.
Each issue of The Affiliate includes
profiles of sucessful programs held by state or local
young lawyers organizations that can inspire other
local young lawyers organizations
and lay the groundwork for some
great nationwide programs;
Around the Country, where
we publicize local and state
YLD activities, events, accom-
plishments, and news, to serve
as a springboard for other
groups looking for new ideas
(for example, why re-invent
the entire moot court competi-
tion, when affiliates can borrow
ideas from Iowa's decades-long,
successful competition, which
is conveniently profiled in this

edition of the newsletter?); and
*useful advice on how to implement membership
and diversity programs in your young lawyers or-
ganization.
The Affiliate also strives to bring you the information
you need to make the most of upcoming ABA YLD meet-
ings and conferences. The quarterly YLD events provide a
wealth of networking and learning opportunities and
through The Affiliate, you will get advance notification of
what is going on and when, as well as a description of oth-
er opportunities you can take advantage of during your
experience. We will also help you to learn the best way to
obtain funding for your organization's members as well as
the best way to conserve funds while attending the events.
We Need Your Help!
Now that you know who we are and what we do, we
need your help! The editorial team of The Affiliate wants
to hear from each one of you and your members about
the types of articles you would like to see fill these pages.
We want to write articles that are most helpful to you,
that inspire your organization, and that give you informa-
tion you need. We do not want to end up in your circular
file or under your bird cage!
By submitting information about your group's events
and letting us know what types of articles are most help-
ful to your organization, you can help us improve the
quality of the newsletter, and make it an even more valu-
able tool for you and other young lawyers across the na-
tion. Please take five minutes to complete the online
survey we have created at www.abanet.org/yldl
affiliatesurvey to let us know what you really like about
this publication, what you want more of, and what you
find least useful. You can also use the survey to suggest
article ideas directly to us. Go on, we can handle the
truth! And thanks, in advance, from all of us here at The
Affiliate. Q

 On the Road with Justin Goldstein, page 2
 Past YLD Leaders: An Interview with Laura
Farber, page 2
 Twenty-Five Years of Mock Trial Competition
Success, page 3
 Affiliate Partners to Give Back to Veterans, page 3
 Keys to Success in the Coming Year, page 4
 Attending Conferences Can Be Affordable, page 4
 San Francisco Annual Meeting Update, page 5
 ABA YLD Continues to Promote Diversity, page 5
 YLD District Reps-Affiliates' ABA Connection,
page 6
 Free Assistance from the ABA YLD, page 6
 2007-2008 ABA YLD District Representatives,
page 7
 Year at a Glance, page 8
November/December
 Recap of Fall Conference (October 4-6, 2007,
Charlotte, NC)
 Recap of Affiliate Summit/Young Bar Leader
Summit (Fall Conference)
 Preview of Midyear Meeting (February 7-9, 2008,
Los Angeles, CA)
January/February
 Recap of YLD Women's Summit (November 7-9,
2007, Chicago, IL)
 Preview of Spring Conference (April 16-19,
2008, Washington, DC)

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