Young Lawyers Section Call for Nominations for 2015-2016

Dear Young Lawyers Section Member:

As we look forward to the new year, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) are working to prepare for the 2015 Annual Meeting in New York City, beginning the week of January 26, 2014.

The YLS is gearing up for many exciting events at the Annual Meeting, scheduled to take place January 28– January 30, 2015. On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, we will hold our Annual Meeting 1/2 day continuing legal education program, which will immediately be followed by our executive committee luncheon and membership meeting. Our two-day Bridging-the-Gap continuing legal education program is scheduled for January 29 and January 30.

The presentation of our 2015 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award will take place during the Executive Committee meeting and luncheon on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 12:30 PM.

As part of our Annual Meeting events, we will be selecting the Section leadership for next year (June 2015-May 2016). Therefore, we invite you to put forth an application for a position on the YLS Executive Committee for 2015-2016 (see nomination form below). The Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section is comprised of four (4) officers of the Section; one (1) representative and one (1) alternate representative member from each judicial district of New York State; four (4) YLS delegates and (1) YLS alternate delegate to the New York State Bar Association's House of Delegates; one (1) YLS delegate from the New York State Bar Association to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates (not currently vacant); all chairpersons of the standing committees of the YLS; all liaisons from the YLS to other sections, divisions or committees of the New York State Bar Association; and the Editors of Perspective and Electronically-In-Touch.

IF YOU CURRENTLY HOLD ONE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED POSITIONS, AND WISH TO CONTINUE, YOU NEED TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION FORM AS WELL - THIS INCLUDES CURRENT DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES, SECTION LIAISONS, COMMITTEE CHAIRS, etc.

As a member, you have enjoyed the valuable services, benefits, and opportunities for young lawyers working in and around New York State, including, but not limited to access to valuable publications such as Perspective and Electronically-In-Touch; interesting and informative Continuing Legal Education programs, such as Bridging-the-Gap; and a wealth of networking opportunities with other young and experienced attorneys and practitioners.

As a leader, you will have opportunities to network on a larger scale with the YLS membership, and other Section and Association leaders who are regarded as top experts in their practice areas. You may assist in organizing district programs and events or Section-wide initiatives, such as the annual Trial Academy. Most of all, you will serve with a talented group of young attorneys from around the State to help make the transition from law school to practice an easier one for young and newly-admitted attorneys by enhancing and developing career, professional, and leadership skills; providing opportunities for mentoring and networking with peers and seasoned practitioners; and, serving as a champion in the facilitation and resolution of issues common to our membership.

Whether you currently serve in a leadership capacity and would like to continue your service, or are a Section member who would like to be considered for a position on the Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee for 2015-2016, I invite you to submit a Nomination Form expressing your interest. Nomination forms can be accessed by clicking here.

If you would like to be considered for any one of the three elected officer positions (Chairperson-Elect, Treasurer, or Secretary), we ask that you submit a one-two (1-2) paragraph statement, indicating the position you are seeking and your reasons for seeking such position, along with your Nomination Form.

Nomination Forms should be emailed to:

John P. Christopher
YLS Nominating Committee Chair
Email completed nomination forms to: jchristopher@swcblaw.com

Deadline for Submission: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Nomination Forms will be reviewed by the YLS Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will then prepare and vote upon the slate of Nominations. The slate will be presented to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee for presentation and a vote at the Annual YLS Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

On behalf of the Young Lawyers Section, we would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your families for a happy new year!  See you in 2015!

Sincerely,
Sarah Gold
Chairperson
Young Lawyers Section