Committees, Programs & Sections

YLD Committees

YLD Advocates for Students with Disabilities
This committee provides technical support and networking opportunities to the community of attorneys whose practice or passion includes students with disabilities and their families. The committee works to promote this practice area by providing continuing education opportunities and support on issues such as estate planning, civil rights, health care issues, powers of attorney, juvenile justice and guardianships.
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YLD Appellate Admissions
This committee arranges the biannual ceremonies for admission of new Bar admittees to the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
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YLD Aspiring Youth Program
This committee works to teach conflict resolution skills through the art of debate to incarcerated youth. Specifically, this committee assists at-risk youth by working to increase rehabilitation rates and graduation rates from high school and college by demonstrating the importance of education, hard work and commitment. Young lawyers serve as positive role models while developing mentoring relationships with these youth.
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YLD Business Law
This committee addresses issues specific to young lawyers whose practice involves either commercial litigation or commercial transactions. The committee monitors and addresses legal developments in the areas of business, commerce and finance on both federal and state levels.
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YLD Community Service Projects
This committee provides opportunities for young lawyers to participate in local, state or national service projects focused on various social issues, such as working with organizations that address the needs of underprivileged children, hunger, domestic violence and the environment.
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YLD Criminal Law
This committee strives for the improvement of the criminal justice system, and where appropriate, seeks to implement changes. The committee annually sponsors CLE seminars and the Commitment to Justice Award and is comprised of both prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys.
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YLD Disaster Legal Assistance
This committee coordinates emergency legal assistance for victims of natural disasters.
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YLD Ethics & Professionalism
This committee develops programs to assist lawyers in achieving the ethical and professional standards set forth for the legal profession and to make the public aware that lawyers are striving to meet and exceed these standards. This committee works with the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. The committee recognizes one young lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding professionalism with its Ethics & Professionalism Award.
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YLD Family Law
This committee provides educational and networking opportunities to young lawyers whose practice involves family law. The committee sponsors a networking event as part of the annual Family Law Institute, as well as an annual signature fundraising event to raise money and awareness for causes involving family related issues in Georgia.
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YLD High School Mock Trial
This committee provides educational litigation experience to hundreds of high school students by sponsoring a statewide mock trial competition, sending a team to the national competition, and holding a summer law camp. Young lawyers, judges and teachers throughout Georgia get involved in all levels of the competition as coaches, judges and committee members.
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YLD Intellectual Property Law
This committee promotes communication among young lawyers practicing in the various areas of intellectual property law as well as networking with other practice groups to enhance the availability of business opportunities. The committee provides CLE programs as well as social activities that promote networking and Bar participation.
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YLD Intrastate Moot Court
This committee sponsors the annual Intrastate competition among students from Georgia law Schools. It organizes and conducts all aspects of the competition.
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YLD Judicial Law Clerk
This Committee serves the professional needs of, and addresses issues specific to, young lawyers serving as Staff Attorneys or Judicial Law Clerks in either State or Federal Courts throughout the State. In this regard, the Committee monitors and addresses legal developments and issues facing the courts. Moreover, the Committee provides a forum for young, practicing lawyers to gain insight from other young lawyers serving in the courts. Finally, the Committee also sponsors CLE programs, covering topics of interest to Staff Attorneys and Judicial Law Clerks, and offers networking events throughout the year.
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YLD Juvenile Law
This committee is responsible for studying and recommending changes in the areas of juvenile law, facilities and rehabilitation. The committee encourages and celebrates excellence in juvenile law practice across Georgia through sponsorship of an annual CLE event and recognition of exceptional child advocates. The committee organizes and co-sponsors the Celebration of Excellence, a graduation ceremony for youth in the state foster care system. In addition, the committee recently drafted comprehensive recommended revisions to Georgia's Juvenile Code and provides technical support to efforts to turn these recommendations into legislation.
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YLD Labor & Employment Law
The Labor and Employment Law Committee provides educational and networking opportunities by: (1) enhancing the role and skill of young lawyers engaged in the practice of labor and employment through the development and dissemination of materials and discussion on subjects of interest to young labor and employment law practitioners; (2) assisting in the formation, administration and implementation of programs, forums and other activities for the education of members in matters pertaining to labor and employment; and (3) recognizing and discussing means of improving the practice of law in the field of labor and employment through meetings and other social events.
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YLD Law School Fellows Program
The YLD Law School Fellows Program is designed to promote knowledge of and participation in the YLD at the law school level. Each year, the five Georgia law schools select a 2L and a 3L representative to become fellows in the YLD. The law school fellows attend YLD meetings, participate in YLD programs and serve on YLD committees. The law school fellows, together with the director of the Law School Fellows Program are charged with promoting awareness of the YLD for all law students who are interested in becoming involved after graduation.
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YLD Leadership Academy Alumni
This committee provides continuing leadership development, community service, pro bono opportunities and networking opportunities for Leadership Academy (LA) alumni. The committee annually hosts the LA Holiday Luncheon and other events and programs to encourage members to sustain the relationships formed with their LA class, as well as forge new relationships with other LA alumni while serving the community. Members must be LA graduates.
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YLD Legal Food Frenzy
This committee coordinates with the Office of the Attorney General to host the statewide “Legal Food Frenzy,” a food drive and fundraiser competition among Georgia’s law firms, law schools and other legal organizations. The committee partners with community legal leaders across the state to spread awareness about Georgia’s hunger problems, and to make a significant impact by gathering both canned food donations and monetary donations to help those affected by hunger in the state. Community leader sign-ups begin on March 1, and the competition runs from late April to May 1.
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YLD Legislative Affairs
This committee serves as the clearinghouse for YLD-initiated legislation and aids legislators and other YLD committees in various matters. The committee also holds the annual Legislative Breakfast.
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YLD Litigation
This committee addresses the needs of younger litigators by sponsoring litigation themed lunch-and-learns, CLE and CLE/socials both inside and outside metro Atlanta. The committee also places an emphasis on social activities as well as service to the community, fostering networking among the members. Monthly lunch meetings are held September through May.
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YLD Long Range Planning
This committee is responsible for formulating and exercising various long range plans to meet the current and future needs of Georgia’s young lawyers. Through legislative efforts and community advocacy and partnerships, this committee seeks to expand access to justice by coordinating opportunities for new and experienced attorneys to serve their local constituents in diverse and often underserved geographic regions throughout Georgia.
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YLD Military Support
This committee promotes assistance to military service members and veterans through various outreach opportunities. In addition, the committee works to provide education to young lawyers on the particular issues that service members and veterans may face.
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YLD Minorities in the Profession
This committee encourages increased participation by minorities in the Bar and the YLD, examines the problems affecting the minority lawyer and expands the opportunities for minority lawyers within the profession. Monthly lunch meetings are held September through June.
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YLD National Moot Court
This committee conducts the Region V competition of the National Moot Court Competition.
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YLD Non-traditional Legal Careers
Are you a young or new member of the State Bar of Georgia, but not practicing at a traditional law firm? There are lots of jobs outside of the traditional law firm practice. Maybe you are working in document review, government or education. Maybe you are working at a consulting firm, a nonprofit or in a completely non legal position. The YLD has created a new committee this year for young lawyers with non-traditional careers just like you, and we want you to get engaged.
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YLD Public Interest
This committee oversees the Public Interest Internship Program (PIIP) and acts as a liaison to other public interest organizations.
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YLD Real Estate
The Real Estate Law Committee promotes communication among young lawyers practicing in the various areas of real estate law as well as networking with other practice groups to enhance the availability of business opportunities. The committee provides CLE programs as well as social activities that promote networking and Bar participation.
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YLD Signature Fundraiser
The Signature Fundraiser Committee organizes and orchestrates an annual fundraising event in Atlanta to raise money to support non-profits. The committee will begin meeting monthly in August in Atlanta.
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YLD Solo/Small Firm
This subcommittee seeks to provide opportunities for and support to solo practitioners and young lawyers who work in small firms throughout Georgia that have been practicing law for five (5) years or less. Recognizing that the economy and many other factors contribute to young lawyers hanging their own shingles, this subcommittee will focus on providing discounted CLEs, organizing networking events and creating projects aimed at sharpening the skills and increasing the success of active member participants.
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YLD William Daniel Mock Trial
This committee hosts an annual criminal mock jury trial competition among law students. The talented competitors are law students hailing from law schools across the country. All Georgia law schools are also invited to participate. Every summer, the William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Committee sends hundreds of applications to ABA accredited law schools. Only 18 schools are invited to compete in this well known competition named in honor of the late Judge William W. Daniel of the Superior Court of Fulton County.
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YLD Wills Clinic
The First Responders Wills Clinic is a pro bono, all volunteer program designed to provide essential estate planning documents—last will and testament, property power of attorney and advance health care directive—to first responders and their spouses at no cost. The program has been developed as a continuing statewide service project. Wills Clinic events are held in large cities and small towns across Georgia. Before each Wills Clinic, the program organizers host a one- to two-hour tutorial on the basics of estate planning. In the tutorial, the organizers review the applicable law and go through the estate planning documents for each attorney volunteer. The organizers then discuss the logistics of the Wills Clinic event and field questions.
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YLD Women in the Profession
This committee's mission is to ensure the success of women attorneys just beginning their careers by providing a forum for dialogue and ideas on multicultural concerns of women, sponsoring programs directed to business and professional development, organizing networking activities, and supporting organizations and causes which advance the status and progress of women in society.
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