The ABA Young Lawyers Division is seeking nominations for its annual Awards of Achievement Program. Information on this award, including the categories, are available on the ABA website. The application period opens April 1. Applications and supporting materials are due by June 14, 2013.
If you wish to nominate a project that you or your committee did this year, please contact Laurie Wasserman.
ABA YLD Awards of Achievement Program Award Categories:
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|Program Chairs:||Christine Britton, Esq. and Amanda Downs Frizzelle, Esq. .|
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YLS Members named as Winners of the National Bar Association's "2012 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - IMPACT and the National Bar Association (NBA) will honor the "Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40" at a special awards gala on Sunday, July 15, 2012 during the NBA’s 87th Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.
Nation’s Best Advocates recognizes talented individuals (age 40 and under) within the African American legal
community who have achieved prominence and distinction, professionally and philanthropically. Selected
nominees represent a cross-section of legal professionals: solo practitioners, government lawyers, judges,
academicians, corporate counsels, young elected officials, and other lawyers using their degree in innovative
ways. Nominees were chosen based on their achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal community
Read the complete press release here.
Congratulations to the following MSBA YLS Members named as winners:
Erek Barron, Counsel, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, LLP
Dolores Dorsainvil, Senior Staff Attorney, Office of Bar Counsel for D.C. Court of Appeals
Lisa A. Hall-Johnson, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Hosted by the Young Lawyers Section of the MSBA, cocktails, entertainment and gourmet food were served at the Pier V Hotel in Baltimore.
Each year the MSBA chooses a different charity to raise funds for.
Over looking the Chesapeake Bay patrons were able to enjoy drinks while watching the sunset over the water.
The event also featured a silent auction with items like a signed Cal Ripken, Jr. baseball and a raffle for a Kindle Fire.
The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families.
“I’ve been doing this for five years and this is the charity I’m most excited about,” said event co-chair Julia Carolan.
To view photos of the event, please visit this website.
The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) named Dolores Dorsainvil, a senior staff attorney in the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel and Co-Chair of the MSBA Young Lawyers Section’s Education Committee, a Finalist for its 2011 ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Dorsainvil was honored on February 4 at the 2012 ABA YLD’s Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Volunteers from the Young Lawyers’ Section participated again in the annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on January 28, 2012. Since January 2009, participants from the Section have raised more than $20,000 for the Maryland Special Olympics. Click here to watch the video.
For more about the One Bar | One Community Service project, click here.
The Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Maryland State Bar Association is pleased to announce that it has selected Thomas M. Weschler, Jr. as its nominee for the position of Young Lawyers’ Section Representatives to the 2012-2014 Board of Governors. Any member of the Young Lawyers’ Section, who will be a member throughout the term being sought, may submit a Petition of Nomination to run against the nomination slate. The Petition must be signed by not less than 25 members of the Young Lawyers’ Section and should be mailed to:
Chair, YLS Nominating Committee
Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
The Petition must be received no later than the close of business on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Hessler at 410-396-4140, firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicole Earl at 410-685-7878 x3019, email@example.com .
The Education Committee is committed to offering educational and professional development seminars to Maryland young lawyers. To that end, on November 8, 2011, The Education Committee hosted a seminar entitled, “Law Practice Management Tips” in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The all-star group of panelists included Anthony I. Butler, Esq., of Butler & Associates, Harry S. Johnson, Esq., of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Margaret Mead, Esq., of Mead, Flynn & Gray, P.A., Thomas Donnelly, Esq., of The Law Offices of Thomas M. Donnelly, LLC, and past Chair of YLS, Hughie Hunt, Esq., of Kemet & Hunt, served as the moderator.
The panelists shared their wisdom and provided practical advice about maintaining an effective law practice and touched on areas including marketing, client screening, retainer agreements, fees, technology, and ethics. The event was well attended and had approximately 65 attendants of lawyers from all over the state. View more photos of the event here.
Please contact either of the Education Committee Co-Chairs with ideas for events or to become involved on this important committee. You may contact Dolores Dorsainvil at firstname.lastname@example.org or Taren Stanton at email@example.com.
With the practice of law more mobile than ever, the Maryland State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section has created a free smartphone application to provide Maryland attorneys with easy, on-the-go access to the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Professional Conduct, MSBA’s website and more. Versions of the Maryland State Bar Association Mobile App are available for the Apple i-Phone and iPad, Android and Blackberry smartphones, and may be downloaded directly from Apple iTunes Store, Android Market and BlackBerry App World.
“With this free app, there’s no need to guess what the ethics rules are, wherever you are – so long as you have a smartphone, the answer is literally right at your fingertips,” says Erek Barron, Chair of the MSBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS), which developed the new substantive app – the first its kind in the nation among state bar associations – as part of its technology initiative this year.
The MSBA app allows users to easily browse the Rules of Evidence; the Rules of Professional Conduct; Attorney Trust Accounts; the Court of Appeals’ Ideals of Professionalism; and the MSBA Code of Civility. The new app also allows users to search for rules by chapter, title or rule, and bookmark them for future reference. Additionally, it features links to portions of the MSBA website, including the MSBA Ethics Hotline, Ethics Opinions (accessible to members only) and Fastcase online legal research (accessible to members only).
“The development of mobile applications, or apps, has exploded in the last few years, and now there are literally hundreds of thousands of apps from which to choose,” says Paul V. Carlin, MSBA Executive Director. “Our Young Lawyers Section has impressively taken the initiative to develop practical, relevant apps for MSBA members.”
Read more about the app and other technology goals of the YLS in this Press Release.
See what Erek Barron has to say about technology and smartphones in the courtroom at the Generation J.D. Blog.
Check out the YLS Blawg: The Gavel. Dolores Dorsainvil has some interesting points on client screening.
Section Council member, Dolores Dorsainvil, dishes the latest ethics advice in the Washington Lawyer.
YLS Member named in "Top 20 in their Twenties" by Daily Record
Publications Committee Co-chair, Heather Pruger, was recognized by The Maryland Daily Record's "20 in their Twenties." "Honorees are chosen on the basis of professional accomplishment, civic involvement and impact of achievement. The program celebrates the best and brightest under 30 who may have not earned their first million but whose creativity and spirit are already contributing to a new energy in Maryland." - http://thedailyrecord.com/20-in-their-twenties/current-winners/
- Ten Minute Mentor: Client Intake and Mentoring/Networking are the first installments of this new YLS video series!
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