34 Affiliate 1 (2008-2009)

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Pursuing Justice

American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
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The newsletter and resource guide for bar leaders nationwide

omestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking consti-
tute a destructive social epidemic, imposing physical,
emotional, and financial costs on individuals, fami-
lies, and communities. Statistics provided by the American
Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Domestic Violence
are sobering: by conservative estimates, 1.5 million women
in the United States are assaulted by their intimate partners
every year. Nationally, one-in-three women will experience
sexual violence in their lifetimes, and one-in-twelve women
will be stalked in their lifetimes. Although women are the
victims in the majority of these crimes, men also experience
intimate partner violence at an alarming rate.
The legal system is often the
best hope for victims trying to
stop intimate partner violence.
Every state has some form of civil
protection order, and many states
are creating civil protection orders
for victims of sexual assault and
stalking. Obtaining a protection
order, however, can be daunting
for victims, and particularly for
the unrepresented. Attorneys play
a critically important role both to
ensure legal protections for victims
of violence and to educate their
communities about the scourge

in domestic violence. This is why the ABA Young Lawyer's
Division's (YLD) 2008-2009 public service project, Voices
Against Violence, will focus on domestic violence awareness,
education, and prevention.
The ABA YLD's goal is to raise awareness about domestic
violence and to assist affiliates and young lawyers in devis-
ing, implementing, and disseminating initiatives to com-
plement and broaden existing efforts to eradicate domestic
violence. Described in more detail below, the project has
several advocacy and educational components, including
materials on teen dating violence.
Video on Teen Dating Violence Targeting Young Lawyers
This video educates the young lawyer about the prevalence
of teen dating violence, how domestic violence affects young-
er victims, and the importance of lawyer involvement. The
video also explains how young lawyers can be involved in
addressing this important national issue regardless of their
area of practice or lack of prior experience or knowledge.
Young Lawyer Domestic Violence Awareness and
Prevention Toolkit
Accompanying the video is a toolkit targeted toward young
lawyer members and their affiliates. The toolkit provides
an overview of the project, resources and information to
help educate the young lawyer about domestic violence
continued on page 8

Questions and Challenges?
Call the Affiliate Assistance Team for Help
By Jaye Rancourt

ongratulations, you have ascended through the ranks
of your ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) af-
filiate to assume your leadership role. Now what?
How do you motivate your members and fellow leadership?
How do you plan and implement successful CLE programs
and public service initiatives? Maybe you are facing the
huge challenge of reorganizing your affiliate. Maybe you are
attempting to create a long-range plan for your affiliate. If
you have these questions and/or are facing these challenges
and need some help and guidance, the Affiliate Assistance
Team of the ABA YLD can help.
The Affiliate Assistance Team is
a group of past, present, and as-
piring young lawyer leaders who
work together to offer assistance
and support to the over 300 young
lawyer affiliates of the ABA YLD.
The Affiliate Assistance Team of-
fers support, materials, leadership
training, and networking oppor-
tunities with other young lawyer
leaders to help you be successful
in your leadership role. We pro-
vide these services in three basic
ways: (1) leadership training at each
ABA YLD conference; (2) resources

provided through the Affiliates page of the ABA YLD website;
and (3) meetings via telephone or at conferences with mem-
bers of the Affiliate Assistance Team.
We offer these services and resources to every ABA YLD af-
filiate regardless of size, organizational structure, or funding
source. We are flexible and are able to structure our assistance
and support to meet the unique characteristics and needs of
each YLD affiliate. We also assist young lawyer organizations
in becoming affiliates of the ABA YLD.
At each ABA YLD conference the Affiliate Assistance
Team will provide leadership training programs. At the Fall
Conference in San Diego, the Affiliate Assistance Team will
host two programs for young bar leaders. The first program
is entitled Hit the Ground Running: How to Start Your Bar
Leadership Year Off Right. This program will provide in-
sight from current and former young bar leaders about how
to run effective meetings, how to implement successful
public service projects, how to make a smooth transition
between bar leadership, and how to work with your senior
bar. We will also host a roundtable discussion with young
lawyer leaders from across the country The topic of the
roundtable discussion will be The Generation Gap: Does
It Exist and If So, How Does It Effect Young Bar Organiza-
tions. We hope to continue our discussion of the Genera-
tion Gap and the effects it has on you and your membership
continued on page 8

Mandatory vs. Voluntary Bars..............page 2
Letter to the Editor:
California State Bar Responds.............page 2
Around the Country....................page 3
Im portant Deadlines  .......................................... page  3
ABA YLD Takes Bite Out of Big Apple........page 4
Letter from the Editor...................page 4
Social Networking  ................................................ page  4
Bar Membership Required................page 5
Affiliates and Law Students................page 5
Long-Range Planning....................page 6
Transitioning to New Leadership............page 6
2008-2009 ABA YLD District Representatives ...... page 7
Affiliate Network Grows..................page 8
November/December
* 2008-2009 Mentoring Project
* Creating a Budget in Difficult Times
* Fall Conference Recap
* 2007-2008 Awards of Achievement

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Domestic Violence Prevention
and Awareness:
The ABA YLD 2008-2009 Public Service Project,
Voices Against Violence
By Jason T. Vail

2008-2009
Year at a Glance:
Join Us for Public Service,
Resources, Collaboration,
Training and Networking
Educate and Serve Your Community: Domestic
Violence Prevention and Awareness
To address an important need, the ABA YLD will pro-
duce a program designed to educate young lawyers
about the epidemic of domestic violence, particularly
among teenagers, and to engage them in efforts to end
domestic violence in their communities.
Collaborate with Your Colleagues
The ABA YLD will continue to offer a forum for new
lawyers and young lawyer state, local, and specialty bar
organizations to collaborate, share ideas, and discuss
important issues and trends affecting new lawyers and
our organizations.
Benefit from New Resources: The Mentorship
Project
The Mentorship Project is an online collection of ar-
ticles, quick tips, and audio recordings geared toward
the needs of young lawyers. As part of this project, the
ABA YLD is working with StoryCorps® to record stories
of mentoring. The segments pair lawyers, judges, and
others to discuss mentorship in the legal profession and
to share their stories about mentoring. The recordings
will be available on the ABA YLD website, archived at
the Library of Congress, and segments may air on Na-
tional Public Radio.
Sharpen Your Legal Skills and Expand Your
Network
The ABA YLD will continue to provide unique and
quality opportunities for sharpening legal skills and
networking through in-person events, distance learn-
ing, periodicals, and online resources.
For more information, visit wwwabanet.org/yld. 0

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