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 expand the number of attorneys for this practice area and to provide continuing education opportunities. The committee also provides support on issues such as estate planning, civil rights, health care issues, power of attorneys, juvenile justice and guardianships.
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YLD Business Law
The Business Law subcommittee addresses issues specific to young lawyers whose practice involves either commercial litigation or commercial transactions. The subcommittee 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 Corporate Counsel
This committee addresses issues specific to young lawyers who practice in corporate legal departments, as well as those in private law firms that interact/represent corporate legal departments. The committee monitors and addresses legal developments in the areas of corporate governance and compliance, regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, ethics, human resources, technology solutions, privacy and partnerships with private law firms.
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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.
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YLD Disaster Legal Assistance
This committee coordinates emergency legal assistance for victims of natural disasters.
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YLD Estate & Elder Law
This committee is involved in the delivery of legal services to the elderly, monitoring legislation and other legal developments affecting the elderly community, and providing general information to older Georgians. This committee also oversees the Wills Clinic, which is a pro bono service project where attorney volunteers assist first responders in the preparation and execution of basic estate planning documents. The documents offered by the Wills Clinic include a Last Will & Testament, a Financial Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Care Directive.
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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 and the State Bar's Committee 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, the "Supreme Cork," 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 an annual statewide mock trial competition, sending a team to the national competition, and holding a fall 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 Inclusion in the Profession
This committee facilitates, analyzes and presents initiatives and programs which promote and increase participation, retention and representation of Georgia's diverse young lawyers to more accurately reflect the makeup of our state. The committee includes young lawyers who have been historically underrepresented and is open to all YLD members interested in supporting these goals and interests.
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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 Moot Court 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 subcommittee 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 subcommittee monitors and addresses legal developments and issues facing the courts. Moreover, the subcommittee provides a forum for young, practicing lawyers to gain insight from other young lawyers serving in the courts. The subcommittee 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 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 Outreach Program
The Law School Outreach Program seeks to communicate with each of Georgia's law schools and plan events where young lawyers can speak to students about getting involved in the YLD.
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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 alumni. The committee annually hosts a Holiday Luncheon and other events and programs to encourage members to sustain the relationships formed with their class, as well as forge new relationships with other alumni while serving the community. Members must be Leadership Academy 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 promotes education and involvement in the state legislative process. Working with the State Bar, the committee promotes Bar and/or YLD-initiated legislation and assists other YLD committees in legislative-related matters, including co-hosting the annual legislative luncheon with the Leadership Academy.
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YLD Litigation
This committee addresses the needs of younger litigators by sponsoring litigation themed lunch-and-learns, CLEs and socials. The committee also places an emphasis on social activities as well as service to the community, fostering networking among the members.
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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 Pro Bono
This committee will promote professional development and service to the profession by removing barriers for young lawyers to do pro bono and low bono activities across Georgia. This committee will identify and highlight diverse, traditional, and non-traditional pro bono and low-bono activities statewide for young lawyers relevant to a cross-section of law practice areas, including but not limited to, family law, housing, intellectual property, wills & estates, voting rights, criminal, non-profit management, veteran’s rights, immigration, tax law, health law and non-traditional practice areas. Additionally, this committee will identify and make accessible training opportunities for young lawyers to assist them with acquiring the basic skills needed to engage in pro bono and low bono activities within practice areas that are outside of the young lawyer's normal engagement.
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YLD Public Interest Internship Program
This subcommittee 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 Solo/Small Firm
This committee seeks to provide opportunities for and support to solo practitioners and young lawyers who work in small firms. Recognizing that the economy and many other factors contribute to young lawyers hanging their own shingles, this committee focuses on providing discounted CLE's, 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 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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Department Staff

Name Title Phone Email
Mary McAfee Director 404-527-8778 marym@gabar.orgmarym@gabar.org
Jakira Smith Administrative Assistant 404-526-8607 jakiras@gabar.orgjakiras@gabar.org

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