Bench & Bar

JUL 2018

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| JULY/AUGUST 2018 30 T he start of a new bar year means a new opportunity to get involved with the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). My primary goals as YLD chair are to engage current members and to invite potential members who meet the criteria for membership to join the division. It has come to my attention that many potential and current members do not know much about the organization or how to get involved. Most of the current leadership, including myself, were introduced to the YLD by a colleague who was a leader in the division. While this is not a bad pro- cess for developing an active and engaged association, more can be done to encourage KBA members to both join the YLD and to be an involved participant. In an effort to remedy this issue, I am utilizing my first column as chair to provide information about the YLD and explain how to GET INVOLVED . WHO CAN GET INVOLVED? All KBA members who are age 40 and under or have been practicing for 10 years or less are eligible for the Young Lawyers Division. Please do not let the name of the division deter you from becoming a member or taking on a leadership role. Our active membership ranges in age from those who were recently admitted to the bar to those who have been practicing for over 10 years but are still under the age of 40. WHAT IS THE KBA YLD? e YLD is a division of the Kentucky Bar Association dedicated to using the unique talents of young lawyers to provide edu- cation opportunities through CLE and programming, to implement community and public service projects, and to interact and engage with the KBA at large and other sections to benefit Kentucky attorneys. The division is led by four officers, the chair, chair-elect, vice chair and secretary/ treasurer, and the Executive Committee (EC) which is the governing body of the YLD. e EC consists of seven district representatives, one for each Supreme Court District; 13 at-large representatives, appointed by the chair; five affiliate repre- sentatives, leaders from the Bowling Green/ Warren County, Fayette County, Louisville, Northern Kentucky, and National Bar assoc- iations' young lawyers organizations; and a representative from each of the three Ken- tucky law schools. WHY GET INVOLVED? e rewards of being involved with the YLD are unique to each member. For me, networking has been one of the most valu- able products of my involvement. I have met and developed great friendships with attorneys from all over the state. is has led to relationships, business development through referrals, and resources to improve my practice. Beyond networking, the YLD has provided me with an avenue to serve. During my time with the YLD I have had the pleasure to serve law students, new lawyers, my fellow colleagues and the community. B Y : J E N N I F E R " J E N N A " S . O V E R M A N N Y L D C H A I R G E T I N V O L V E D W I T H T H E WHERE AND HOW TO GET INVOLVED? e YLD has a number of opportunities to get involved. First, the easiest method to participate is to simply become a member. e cost to join the division is only $20 per year which runs July 1– June 30 each year. By becoming a member, you will have access to all of the division's membership benefits and resources. You can become a member by visiting the YLD website at and clicking the "Join" link. Second, members and potential members can follow the YLD's on twitter @KBAYLD or like us on Facebook to see the YLD accomplishments and activities throughout the year, and to understand what opportu- nities, resources, and benefits are available for members. ird, members can get involved by partic- ipating in public service projects and other programs. e YLD is always looking for volunteers for our programs. Examples of YLD projects and programs are: the Bully- proof and U@18 programs, where we pres- ent at schools throughout the state; the Why Choose Law Pipeline Program, which is part of our diversity and inclusion in the legal profession initiative; and the Legal Food Frenzy which is our major members project with the goal of collecting food and raising funds to help feed Kentucky families. Every year we look to expand and develop new projects to serve lawyers and COLUMNS

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